Entries by Jim Butler

Confessing the Impassible God

New RBAP title coming this fall   Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility, eds. Ronald S. Baines, Richard C. Barcellos, James P. Butler, Stefan T. Lindblad, and James M. Renihan.     RBAP currently has two books on divine impassibility, God without Passions: a Reader and God without […]

“It’s another boy” – Abortion in the News

There are a few things happening in the news that Christians should be aware of. 1. Health Canada has just approved the use of RU-486. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/ru-486-abortion-pill-approved-by-health-canada-1.3173515) 2. In the US, the Center for Medical Progress has released  four videos (more are forthcoming) that demonstrate the goulish practices of Planned Parenthood. The fact that PP murders […]

Book Review: The Question of Canon

The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate Michael J. Kruger (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013, 256pp.) The Question of Canon (QC) is the latest book by Dr. Michael J. Kruger, President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Like Dr. Kruger’s previous book […]

A Brief Statement on Divine Impassibility

A Statement of the Doctrine A standard definition of the doctrine of divine impassibility (DDI) asserts that God does not experience emotional changes either from within or effected by his relationship to creation. He is not changed from within or without; he remains unchanged and unchanging both prior to and subsequent to creation. The doctrine […]

Spurgeon on Creeds

To say that “a creed comes between a man and his God,” is to suppose that it is not true; for truth, however definitely stated, does not divide the believer from his Lord. So far as I am concerned, that which I believe I am not ashamed to state in the plainest possible language; and […]

Book Review: Canon Revisited

Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books Michael J. Kruger (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2012, 362pp.) Dr. Michael J. Kruger currently serves as President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. His book Canon Revisited (CR) is an excellent work that deserves attention by all […]

Documentary on C.H. Spurgeon

There is an excellent new documentary on Charles Haddon Spurgeon. From the website – The lives of millions of Christians around the world have been changed through the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. But how much do those of us who esteem him so highly really know about Charles Spurgeon, the man? What were the […]

Thomas Brooks on Truth

“Ah souls, have you not found truth sweetening your spirits, and cheering your spirits, and warming your spirits, and raising your spirits, and corroborating your spirits?  Have not you found truth a guide to lead you, a staff to uphold you, a cordial to strengthen you, and a plaster to heal you?  And will you […]

Did Hosea Really Marry a Harlot?

There are three main interpretative approaches to Hosea chapters 1-3. The first is the symbolic view which treats the marriage as a symbol or a vision utilized by God to teach Israel lessons about His marriage to them. This view is held by a lot of the older commentators. For instance, John Calvin says, “There […]

The Good News

The word “gospel” simply means “good news.”  The gospel is the historic, revealed message concerning Jesus Christ. It is that record of events which focuses upon Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for sinners. It is important to understand this as some Christians with good intentions maintain that believers should “live the gospel.”  Technically, one cannot […]