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The harmony of translating “torah” as “covenant obligation” with accessibilist soteriology

McKnight’s suggested translation of torah A few weeks ago, I very much enjoyed a podcast by Scot McKnight, regarding his translation project for the “second Testament.” I heard many interesting comments on decisions he had been making, but one particularly caught my attention. I was especially delighted with his suggestion that “covenant obligation” is the best way to render torah. The framework of accessibilist soteriology I particularly appreciate that translation because it fits so beautifully within … Continue reading

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Ministering in the power of the Spirit of the risen Christ

The sending of the new covenant Spirit by the risen Christ Last Sunday, Gail and I worshiped at the large Winnipeg church in which our daughter and son in law are very involved. During the sermon, the pastor commented on Jesus’ statement to his disciples (Jn 16:7) that it would be better if he left them and returned to the Father, because  only then could the Spirit come. The pastor said that he did not … Continue reading

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Why some see gospel exclusivism and others see accessibilism in Scripture

I am always intrigued when sincere believers, committed to the authority of Scripture, and reading it with essentially the same hermeneutic, arrive at different conclusions about what Scripture teaches. It happens re: monergism/synergism, complementarianism/egalitarianism, credo-baptism/pedo-baptism, and on many other points. In recent years, since becoming an accessibilist, I have pondered the matter in regard to the salvation of the unevangelized. When Robert Peterson and Christopher Morgan had a draft of their manuscript of Faith Comes … Continue reading

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