Monday, August 1, 2011

Jots and Tittles August 2011

Dan Wallace reviews the NIV 2011

Crossway features a quick shot at 5 Strategies for Reading the Bible as Literature by Leland Ryken.

Michael C. Patton gives a shot at giving a four minute description of how to study the Bible and includes some book recommendations.


Jim LePage features an post on his project of reading the Bible while creating a graphic design for each book: An Idiot's Guide to Reading the Bible.
Jesus is frickin’ awesome. Like, really frickin’ awesome. I’d always placed all the stories in the Bible on kinda equal footing. Elijah did some cool stuff. Daniel did some cool stuff. Jesus did some stuff that was a slightly more cool. But after finishing the Old Testament and starting the New Testament, I was struck by how completely unique Jesus was. No one else in the Bible is like him. No one is even close. I was so amazed by how different Jesus was that I ended up devoting 7 straight weeks to designs based on passages about his death and resurrection. features an interesting collection of digitized ancient Bibles, including the first printing of the first edition of the 1611 King James Bible.


  1. Hi,Mr. Ammon,

    My name is Anthony. I was the person that mentioned the link to the oneness site.

    I am truly shocked that you would defend Mr. Brown. I almost never tell people they are wrong. It's exhausting.

    Something is wrong in that defense.
    Your reasoning just doesn't add up.

    I beg you to reconsider your position in touting Mr. Randy Brown.

    What if someone changes from an Trinitarian view of God to an heretical view of God. Because of your linking. That doesn't seem to bother you.

    Considering that you are a full time missionary one would think that it would.

    My dear brother this is not a minor issue. Oneness is by it's own definition a different God. Not the God of the Bible or history. The Trinity is Christianity. For lack of a better phrase.

    You wrote that we are not judged by our theological correctness, sure we are. Remember the Great White Throne, what? Judgement!

    If a person doesn't believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the 2nd member of the Trinity then that person is not a Christian.

    That's not my opinion, that's the position of the Church for nearly two thousand years! Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant. All believe that.

    It doesn't matter to God if they write great Bible study articles.

    Sincerely In Christ,

  2. I'm sorry for the delay in publishing your comment Anthony. I just now found it in my spam folder. I was not notified of your comment because for some reason Google identified it as spam. I appreciate your concern.

    I absolutely do believe in the Trinity. I absolutely do believe in the Great White Throne judgement; however, that judgement is not specified as a judgement of our theological understanding, but according to what we did and didn't do and whether we knew Jesus: Matthew 25 (not all believe that this judgement is identical to the Great White Throne Judgment. Rev. 20:11-15 specifically says "according to what they had done"). We will be held accountable for sound doctrine. I do not believe Oneness is sound doctrine. There are different flavors of Oneness theology. Mr. Brown does not deny the deity of Christ, the deity of the Father or the deity of the Holy Spirit. He does not deny the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He denies the separation of person-hood within the godhead, stating that the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one in person.

    I repeat, Mr. Brown does believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus who Mr. Brown does believe is God incarnate. His understanding of the Godhead is erroneous. But He believes that Jesus Christ is God. He believes that the Father is God. He believes that the Holy Spirit is God. My defense of Mr. Brown was a defense of him as a brother in the Lord, not a defense of Oneness theology. It is quite possible to hold an intellectual understanding of false theology and still know our Risen Lord Jesus Christ in a saving relationship. Please read what Mr. Brown has written regarding Oneness. His statement of faith is clear. He believes that Jesus is God. He believes the Holy Spirit is God. He believes that the Father is God. The difference lies in that he believes that Jesus is the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit is the Father and that the Father is Jesus. He believes in no separation of the persons of God.

    I feel that you have misunderstood both myself and Mr. Brown. I feel that you have made assumptions about both myself and Mr. Brown. You are placing individuals in theological categories without examining the faith of the specific individual. I would indeed be bothered if someone changed from a Trinitarian to Oneness view of God from my linking, but Mr. Brown's presentation of his doctrine is almost entirely a set of scripture references. I do not find this set of references objectionable, though I do object to his conclusions: I am not afraid of his presentation because anyone with access to the internet and a clear mind can search out debates and come to the truth. They can also seek counsel from their church leaders and authorities. I have specified clearly that I do not endorse his theology and my gospel presentations on this blog all thoroughly align with Trinitarian theology.

  3. I do not believe that one loses their salvation if they deny the separation of the persons in the Godhead. I am disturbed by your insinuation that I am leading people astray by linking to StudiesinScripture and by your insinuation that I am not being a faithful witness because of my association with Mr. Brown.

    I believe that God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit dwell in perfect unity and relationship. One in essence and three in person. This is a difficult concept to grasp and to tackle. There are many people taught the Trinitarian belief whose understanding is truly polytheistic, believing that God is three in essence, being and person. Some might even believe that Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father are three gods. I believe that error is more dangerous than Oneness theology. I will not deny that someone has saving faith in Christ simply because they do not understand Trinity, which is a mystery of the faith and not explicitly in the Bible, but described by verses revealing the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May the Lord give us all more light on the subject.

  4. The following is from Parchment and Pen author Rob Bowman in his post Must One Believe in the Trinity to be Saved? I agree with his statement:

    The short answer is that it is not quite accurate to say that belief in the doctrine of the Trinity is essential for salvation. Doctrinal accuracy on any theological subject is in any case at most a litmus test or barometer of the genuineness of a person’s salvation, not a prerequisite for receiving the gift of salvation. There is no theology exam on which a person needs a passing score before God will accept that person’s trust in him for salvation. We are saved by God’s grace through faith, that is, through our trust and reliance on God’s gift of salvation in Christ (Rom. 3:21-26; Eph. 2:8-10; Tit. 3:5-8). On the other hand, deviation from the basics of sound Christian doctrine can be evidence that a person is either immature in faith (see Acts 18:25-26) or has not genuinely come into a saving faith relationship with Christ (Rom. 16:17-18). Resistance to doctrinal correction would generally be a tip-off that the latter problem is the case.
    That having been said, what does the Bible tell us we need to know about the Trinity? Obviously, it does not tell us that we need to use words like Trinity or formulas like three persons in one God. These do not appear in the Bible. On the other hand, we are expected to make a faith commitment to the three persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as is evident from the injunction to make disciples by “baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Someone who denies that the Son is a divine person or who refuses to honor the Son with religious devotion, reverence, and worship, is giving evidence that he or she has not made that faith commitment and so has not yet come to a genuine relationship with the Son. Jesus himself stated, “Unless you believe that I am [he], you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). This means, minimally, that we must accept Jesus for who he really is if we are to be assured of salvation. So, if Jesus is indeed God incarnate, as the Bible does in fact teach, then we need to know and accept this truth about his identity.

    I stand by my original statement:

    I have linked to Studies in Scripture frequently and a reader brought up a concern that this is a Oneness Pentecostal site. Randy Brown, the author of Studies in Scripture, is a Oneness Pentecostal and not bashful about it. While I emphatically believe that God is one, I do not subscribe to oneness theology, specifically where it relates to the gospel. I firmly believe that the Father turned His back on the Son as Jesus became sin and endured the wrath of God for us. In spite of this major theological disagreement, I consider Randy a brother in the Lord and admire his zeal for scripture and the boldness of his convictions. I have not had interaction with other Oneness Pentecostals, and I understand people's concern with reports of legalistic and cultic behavior. I do not feel the need to address Oneness Pentecostalism as a movement or as a theological whole. My recommendations to Randy's writing is based on my evaluation of his work and my relationship with him as an individual. I thank God that we are not judged by our theological correctness but by the expression of our love and faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. He is the judge, not you or I. I know Randy would appreciate dialogue on his site, where he features numerous posts on his theology and fields comments, questions, dialogue and debate. It is a pleasure to partner with Randy in mutual encouragement and passion for the Word.