Scholarship with a Shepherd’s Heart

Theology

Brian Arnold on Justification in the Second Century

At Phoenix Seminary, we treasure the motto, Scholarship with a Shepherd’s Heart, and we teach, mentor, serve, and publish with it in mind. In this post, summarizing his recently published book on the topic, Dr. Brian Arnold clarifies the earliest history of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We hope you find it helpful. Furthermore,…

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John Meade’s Recent Talks on the Canon of Scripture

Recently, Dr. John Meade spoke twice on the canon of scripture at Clearview Church. In the first video, he answers the question, “Why does our (Protestant) Bible have the Books it does?”, and in the second video, he sat down with Pastor Abidan Paul Shah to discuss his latest co-authored book on the Biblical Canon…

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The Council of Nicaea and Biblical Canon

Ideas have consequences. The idea that the Council of Nicaea (325 AD), under the authority of Roman Emperor Constantine, established the Christian biblical canon attempted to show how the Bible originated from conspiracy and power play on the part of a relative few, elite bishops. That this idea persists today can be shown not only…

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Musings on The Intellectual Life

The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods by A. G. Sertillanges (repr. CUA Press, 1998) is a classic of which the seminarian should be aware. I draw attention to a few of the salient points made by Sertillanges in hopes that the reader will pursue matters further by reading the whole book. Its preliminary chapters…

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John DelHousaye on Praying the Nunc Dimittis

Luke has given us three prayers for Advent—the Magnificat, the Benedictus, and the Nunc Dimittis. This meditation focuses on the third; I intend to offer context for the focus (kavanah) we bring to the prayer. This section in Luke’s birth narrative of Jesus has four chiastic subunits: A         Piety of Parents (2:21–24) B          Simeon’s Piety…

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A Pope, a Prayer, and Proper Translation

By now you may have seen the headlines claiming that Pope Francis wants to change the words of the Lord’s Prayer from “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation.” The Pope’s reason is theological: “It is not He [God] that pushes me into temptation and then sees how I…

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Are Microchips the Mark of the Beast?

Is this chip in the hand really the mark of the beast? Phoenix Seminary professor Dr. John DelHouseaye teaches students to use The Quadriga, which is a fourfold way of reading scripture that is rooted in the practices of the Church Fathers and Medieval Theologians.

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