God’s Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing

An Evaluation of "Reckless Love" from Bethel Music

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A student recently knocked on my door, walked into my office, and sat down on my couch. He asked, “Is God’s love reckless? He was inquiring about a song from Bethel Music called “Reckless Love.” His concern with the song no doubt ruined his worship experience the first time he heard it. Buy, hey. Our concern in worship shouldn’t only be about […]

Book Review: “God is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion” by Rob Lister

GOD IS IMPASSIBLE AND IMPASSIONED: TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF DIVINE EMOTION. By Rob Lister. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. Pp. 333. $22.99. Lister joins the ranks of those who are challenging the contemporary theological tendency to reject the doctrine of divine impassibility. Lister directs his work primarily at an evangelical audience, choosing not to engage contextual […]

Book Review: “Forsaken: The Trinity and the Cross, and Why it Matters” by Thomas H. McCall

FORSAKEN: THE TRINITY AND THE CROSS, AND WHY IT MATTERS. By Thomas H. McCall. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. Pp. 171. $20.00. McCall’s primary concern is to critique the teaching (of Moltmann, but also many who follow him) that at the death of Christ there was a rupture in the Trinity. McCall argues that […]

Does Sin Separate us from God?

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Does sin separate us from God? How could one be separated from an omnipresent God? If you try to think of a scripture that states “sin separates you from God” (or something like it), you will have a hard time. If sin separated us from God, wouldn’t that mean that there isn’t much hope? We would have been stuck in […]

Pentecostals and Divine Suffering, Again: My Response to Castelo’s Response to Me

In a previous post I noted a response I published to Daniel Castelo regarding divine impassibility (especially concerning the possibility of God suffering). Castelo has since published a response to my article: Daniel Castelo, “Toward Pentecostal Prolegomena II: A Rejoinder to Andrew Gabriel,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 21 (2012): 168-180. (Due to copyright, I can’t […]

Problem of Evil

To say there is ‘senseless’ evil presumes you have a basis to say it is senseless. However, saying something is ‘senseless’ just means you can’t make sense of it. That is, it means that you can’t figure out why God would allow it. However, calling some evil ‘senseless’ doesn’t prove there is no reason (just that […]

Pentecostals and the Question of Divine Suffering

About a year ago I came across an article by Daniel Castelo recommending the doctrine of divine impassibility to Pentecostals (the question of whether God has passion, often focusing on whether or not God can suffer). I wrote a response that was just published. Thanks to Brill’s (a publisher) relatively recent and generous change to their author […]