Biblical Insight and Teaching

Dispensationalism for Dummies | Three Simple Principles for Biblical Interpretation

  A recent New York Times article focused on Bart Campolo (son of famed leftist Christian preacher Tony Campolo) as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California. Raised under the “Red Letter Christianity” taught by his dad, the younger Campolo tried and eventually rejected the social justice brand of Christianity that was all he ever knew. Campolo struggled with the fact that an almighty and benevolent God would allow sexual abuse and other evil social ills. He left the faith and is attempting to recreate the social environment of [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|4 Comments

Why the Curse of Genesis 3:15 is Central to Understanding the Bible

The third chapter of Genesis covers what’s generally known as the fall of man. After Adam and Eve are forbidden to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil within the garden of Eden, Eve is tempted by Satan (in the form of a serpent) to eat that fruit. Adam quickly follows suit, and then everything goes sideways. When God confronts the pair with their actions, he curses them. Yet if you read through the chapter too quickly, you might miss the central importance in the middle [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|3 Comments

Why We Die

Dr. Randy White Admittedly, “Why We Die” isn’t the most cheerful of blogposts to write. But it is an honest discussion of a very real issue. For many of us,we don’t often consider one of the essential truths of our existence: no one gets out alive. This truth is one issue that all humanity shares in common, yet it’s also one we tend never to talk about. But it’s important that we discuss death at certain times. We must be able to come to grips with our inevitable end, and not with [...]

By | October 19th, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|2 Comments

Song of Solomon | God’s Love Song for Israel

Broadcast Date: October 13, 2016, 7:00 PM Mountain The Song of Solomon is one of the 66 books that is, it seems, shrouded in mystery. Is the song an erotic love-making song between two lovers? Does the song somehow picture Christ and the church? Both of these are common modern interpretations of these words of Solomon. In this series, Dr. Randy White teaches how the song is "God's love song for Israel." Rejecting the literal, erotic interpretation as well as the allegorical church-as-bride interpretation, the series will show how Scripture insists [...]

Why Men Must Lead the Home

Dr. Randy White In a very obvious way, the fall had a cascading effect on our relationship with God. The fall severed humanity’s intimate ties with God and introduced death as a consequence for sin. However, our relationship with God was not the only relationship that was affected. Even on the scale of a one-to-one, man-to-woman relationship, the curse of the fall multiples itself like a cancer. For instance, when shame and blame worm their way into a marriage, the marriage may start to become consumed from the inside out, like an [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|2 Comments

God Doesn’t Need Your Fellowship

This is a hard truth: God loves you, but He doesn’t need you. God did not create man for fellowship, nor did He create man for His glory. These ideas are often preached, but I’m convinced they’re man-made and often misinterpreted from the various texts such pastors and teachers use to espouse these ideas. However, as a starting point, I encourage you to read through Genesis 1 and 2 to see if you can discover any proof that the purpose we were created for was to fellowship with God or ascribe [...]

Creationism vs. Evolution: Can They Both Be True?

If you don’t fully believe in creationism, or that God made the world and everything in it, and you don’t fully believe in the theory of evolution, that time and natural selection eventually led to the birth of humanity, then you might believe in “theistic evolution.” That’s an attempt to meld creationism with evolution, as if God created all but let evolution carry out His final wishes. It is a view firmly held by popular pastors like Tim Keller and popular theologians like N.T. Wright. However, I firmly believe that creationism and [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|6 Comments

Did God Really Make the World in 7 Days?

The timeline of creation may have been debated ever since the beginning of time. Skeptics live up to their name when asked to consider a literal six days of creation. Even believers within Christianity fall along a wide spectrum of belief when it comes to the length of time covered in the creation account of Genesis 1. But the Bible pulls no punches. Where we often want to introduce complexity, the Bible speaks clearly: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|2 Comments

What is the Trinity? (Why God is Singular Yet Plural)

Dr. Randy White In my last post, I wrote about God's preexistence. As if preexistence weren’t confusing enough, the Bible introduces the notion of the Trinity very early on. Even though the word “Trinity” isn’t used in the Bible, the Church uses this word as shorthand to denote the essential yet challenging aspect of God-in-three-persons. Trinity in Genesis 1 The first verse of Genesis doesn’t reveal the Trinity’s “threeness,” but it does reveal its “many-ness:” "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  The Hebrew word for God in Genesis [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|6 Comments

What Does It Mean That God Is Preexistent?

For the next few months, I’ll be sharing parts of 30 Things You Need to Know about Your Bible (If You Claim to Know Your Bible), the book I’m currently writing. Each topic within these blog posts will often be a subtopic of a larger “thing.” For instance, I explain God’s preexistence in the first chapter of 30 Things, which covers what a Bible-believing Christian should know about the creation of the world. Every one of these topics is important to understand because every one of them ultimately reveals who God [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|3 Comments