Archive for the ‘doctrine of man’ Category

What is a man and a woman?

We just wrapped up this series of Bible study posts last week which explored seven truths derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman.  We were studying them so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Here are the posts to the seven truths:


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We have been posting daily quotes from John Frame’s Doctrine of the Christian Life on our facebook and twitter account.  This morning I want to share an extended lengthy quote from John Frame on the relationship of the intellect, will and emotions.  John Frame is at his best when he explores the inter-relationships and/or inter-dependence of things and here is no exception.  People often have a wrong conception of the relationship between will and the intellect so the following is helpful.

Traditionally, will is contrasted with intellect (reason) and emotions.  In some accounts, it almost seems as though will, intellect, and emotions are little beings up in our heads who vie for supremacy.  Arguments have been made both about which of these three faculties is superior to the others and about which one ought to be superior.  Philosophical movements have been identified by views on this alleged conflict: Aquinaas has been called an intellectualist, Scotus a voluntarist, and Kierkegaard an emotionalist.

My own view, however, is that we make decisions as whole persons, and that intellect, will and emotions are perspectives on the whole persons, not subsistent entities.  The intellect is the person’s ability to think, the will his his capacity to decide, and the emotionsa re his capacity to feel.  We are talking about three abilities that people have, not three independent entities within them.  That I think is a more biblical perspective, for Scripture never distinguishes these three capacities or make any general statements about the superiority of one or the other.

In my view, the three abilities are interdependent.  You cannot make a decision (will) unless you judge (intellect) that it is the right thing to do.  On the other hand, you cannot make the right judgment (intellect) unless you choose (will) to make it.  The will is certainly involved in our intellectual judgments.  As Paul teaches in Romans 1, certain people choose to disbelieve in God, despite the sufficiency of the evidence of his existence.  Other people choose otherwise.  In both cases, belief is a choice.  The intellectual judgment is a decision of the will.  That is one reason why I have emphasized that the intellectual realm has a moral dimension, that there is an ethics of knowledge.

So will and intellect are dependent upon one another, and so are choice and reason.  They are not independent entities, but perspectives on the mental acts of human beings.  In everything we do, there is thought and choice.  And we think about what to choose, and we choose what to think.  And we choose what to think about what to choose.  We accept reasons because we choose them, and we choose them because we find them reasonable.

(John Frame, Doctrine of the Christian Life, 368).

I find the above helpful.  I would add that not one of the above faculty is morally superior to another.  Our sinfulness has corrupted all our faculty.  So we sin with our mind, our choices, and have sinful emotions, etc.  This has implication for apologetics that we have unpacked on our blog elsewhere; certainly the most obvious is that our mind is not a neutral arbiter of facts, nor does appealing to our intellect alone would necessarily lead someone to Christ if the sinful will chooses not to do so.   How much more do we need the grace of God.

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Do you understand what does the Bible have to say about Conscience?

Retired Pastor Rob Barkman teaches a thirteen part series on Conscience that’s worth your time.

Understand it for your evangelism.  Understand the conscious for your sanctification and Godly joy.

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Greenville Seminary

Thanks to Jeff Downs for directly letting us know about these resources!

I have enjoyed past audio downloads from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Spring Conference especially last year’s topic on Old Princeton.  Each year they focus on a particular subject and have their faculty along with distinguished guests lecture and preach on various facets of the subject.  This year was on the doctrine of man.  This year’s audio is already available for free download!  They are originally from here.

Supernatural Creation of Man by Dr. Richard Belcher

The Covenant of Works by Guy Prentiss Waters

Temptation and the Fall by Dr. Joel Beeke

Red in Tooth and Claw? An Exegetical Evaluation of the Doctrine by Matthew Hoist

Imago Dei – Man, the Image of God by Dr. Nelson Kloosterman

Original Sin and Depravity by Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr.

The Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission – an Integrationist Model by Dr. Nelson Kloosterman

Questioning the Philosophy of Science Used to Question the Bible’s Doctrine by Gabriel Fluhrer

Q&A Sessions

Godly Dominion by Dr. E. Calvin Beisner

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Greenville Presbyterian Seminary Spring Conference 2013

In the past I’ve enjoyed listening to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Spring Conferences, especially last year’s topic on Old Princeton.  This year, their focus is on the Doctrine of Man.  The doctrine of man has wide implications on this side of eternity and the next and affects the sphere of politics, apologetics and evangelism, etc.  I can’t wait for the audios to be uploaded.  For now, here’s the schedule listed from their website:

Tuesday : March 12

9:30 – 12:00 Open House at GPTS

10:30 – 11:15 Pre-Conference Chapel at GPTS (Cal Beisner)

11:15 – 12:15 Prospective Student Luncheon at GPTS

11:00 – 1:00 Registration Table and Bookstore Open at WRPC

1:15 – 2:30
  • Supernatural Creation of Man
  • Dr. Richard Belcher
  • Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, N.C.

3:00 – 4:15
  • The Covenant of Works
  • Dr. Guy Waters
  • Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS.

4:15 – 4:45 Question and Answer

5:00 – 6:30 Catered Dinner

7:00 – 8:30
  • Temptation and the Fall*
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation..
Wednesday : March 13

9:00 – 10:15
  • Red in Tooth and Claw? An Exegetical Evaluation
    of the Doctrine of Death Before The Fall
  • Rev. Matthew Holst
  • Minister of Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, Ga.

10:35 – 11:50
  • Thomas Boston and the Four-Fold State
  • Dr. Bill Vandoodewaard
  • Associate Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Visiting Professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

12:20 – 1:30 Catered Lunch

1:45 – 3:00
  • Imago Dei – Man, the Image of God
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman
  • Ethics Consultant for Worldview Resources International in St. John, IN.

3:30 – 4:15 Question and Answer

4:15 – 7:00 Dinner Break

7:00 – 8:30
  • Original Sin and Depravity*
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa
  • President of Greenville Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology..

Thursday : March 14

9:00 – 10:15
  • The Cultural Mandate and the Great
    Commission – an Integrationist Model
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman
  • Ethics Consultant for Worldview Resources International in St. John, IN.

10:35 – 11:50
  • Questioning the Philosophy of Science Used
    to Question the Bible’s Doctrine of Man
  • Rev. Gabriel Fluhrer
  • Organizing pastor of Shiloh Presbyterian Church near Raleigh, N.C.

11:50 – 12:20 Question and Answer


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