The Doctrine of God

The posts listed on this page are about God. The initial three posts were written as a part of a systematic theology class I taught. The following posts are those that I have generated over the years that have some relationship to the person and work of God. These posts primarily focus on the triune God and the first person of the Trinity, the Father. I have also written a brief summary, or credo, concerning my beliefs about God and a second that deals with creation and providence.

  • The God of General Revelation: What Creation Tells Us - May 28, 2021
    Does God exist? How can we know that? And if he does exist, what is he like? What can we learn about God apart from the Bible?
  • The Nature of God: What Is God Like? - December 30, 2017
    What is the nature of God? This post is a quick look at the attributes of God, the Trinity, his will, and some commonly raised questions.
  • The Doctrine of the Work of God - January 7, 2018
    What is the work of God? It involves creation of the cosmos as well as providence, the sustaining and governance of his creation.
  • Do You Have God In a Box of Your Own Making? - March 27, 2021
    Boxes help to provide limits and organization. And that is often a good thing. But putting God into a box is a mistake we all too often make.
  • I Believe in God. And It Makes a Difference! - September 29, 2011
    I believe that God is real and that he has a purpose for his creation and for me. Can I prove that to you? No I can't, although I can demonstrate that belief in God is reasonable, more so than any of the alternatives. While I cannot prove to you…
  • Origins: Where Did We All Come from? - October 5, 2011
    We live in a big complex universe. Where did it come from? How did I come to be? These are questions I have frequently asked myself and I suspect I am not alone in doing so. The response you have for these questions will have a big impact on how…
  • Understanding God’s Purpose in Creation - December 10, 2013
    Does God have a purpose for his creation? I believe he does. I believe he is preparing a people who will serve him throughout the remainder of eternity.
  • The Source of Morality - January 31, 2014
    Morality is all about right and wrong behavior.  In some ways it is like having a little rule book regulating behavior built into us somehow.  If we follow the rules we are moral.  If we disregard the rules we are considered immoral.  But where does this rule book come from,…
  • Miracles: Impossible, or to be Expected? - March 4, 2014
    Are miracles real? A miracle is by definition at act of God. So if God exists, and I believe he does, they should be expected to occur.
  • What God Is Like - June 13, 2014
    Everyone has some kind of a picture formed in their minds concerning what God is like.  Even those who do not believe he exists have a mental image that they argue against.  That picture is likely not very well defined, and may not be coherent, but it exists for each…
  • What Purpose, Apart From God? - June 23, 2014
    Does your life have purpose, a reason for being?  The answer to that question is really dependant on the existence of an intentional creator; a creator for this universe, and so, indirectly, you.  Is this universe and all it contains the product of a creator; God?  Or is it just…
  • The Sovereignty of God - July 2, 2015
    God is sovereign, and has a plan and purpose for his creation that will be accomplished. But his plan takes into account his foreknowledge of our choices.
  • Musings About God: Foreknowledge or Foreordination - September 18, 2015
    Some people understand God's foreknowledge as a form of foreordination. But I think that is contrary to the Scripture and the nature of God.
  • Why Do I Believe In God? - January 18, 2016
    Why do I believe in God? It was a choice on my part. But I believe it is rational and reasonable response to his working in my life.
  • The Attributes of God: What is God Like? - September 30, 2016
    What is God like? This post gives a brief overview of some of the attributes of God along with some scriptural support for them.
  • God, Time, and the Future. What Does God Know? - November 1, 2016
    I am a finite being and bound by time and space; I can only be in one place at a time, and can only be in the current moment. For me the past is gone and the future has not yet happened; only the current moment actually exists. I can…
  • The Trinity: Three Persons With One Essence - December 26, 2016
    The Trinity is a uniquely Christian doctrine, teaching that there is only one God, but in three persons having one essence.
  • Arminianism: Sovereignty and Free Will - September 4, 2017
    This post will look at sovereignty and free will from an Arminian perspective, including how we understand the Calvinist perspective of these doctrines.
  • Arminianism: Foreknowledge, Predestination and Election - October 4, 2017
    God's foreknowledge and his election and predestination of believers are clearly taught in the Bible. But, for an Arminian, what do these terms mean?
  • God Is Love: The Doctrine of God’s Love - November 8, 2019
    The Bible says that God is love. But what does that mean? And how might we reconcile that claim with the evil we find in the world around us.
  • The Hiddenness of God: An Objection to God’s Existence - December 20, 2019
    Why does God seem hidden? Does he not want us to believe that he exists? Or does he want more? To have us respond to him in faith and love.
  • Understanding the Creation Story in Genesis 1? - January 10, 2020
    As modern day readers, how should we understand the creation story in Genesis 1. Is it a literal and factual history, a myth, or somewhere in between?
  • What Is God’s Grace? - March 13, 2020
    The Bible is filled with references to God's grace. But just what is grace? Unmerited favor begins to describe it. But grace is much more than that.
  • The Joy of the Lord: Joy As an Attribute of God - April 3, 2020
    Our God is a God of joy. He takes delight is all that he has made. And he calls us to experience that joy with him. Live experiencing the joy of the Lord.
  • What Does the Bible Say About Heaven - April 10, 2020
    Heaven is a common term in our vocabulary today. And one that is found throughout the Scriptures. But what does the Bible have to say about heaven?
  • Where is God in the Midst of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic? - April 17, 2020
    We are in the midst of a global pandemic with thousands of people dying daily. Where is God in all this? I believe that he is at work, even is this.
  • Why Did God Create the Heaven and Earth? - May 29, 2020
    Why did God create the universe, and us? It is not possible for humanity to fully understand God's reasons. But I believe grace is at the heart of it.
  • The Absurdity of Life Without God: What if There Is No God - June 12, 2020
    The absurdity of life without God is not concerned with what a person believes, but with actual reality. What if there really is no God?
  • God, a Riverbank, and a Huckleberry Bush - August 14, 2020
    What does a huckleberry bush have to teach us about the majesty of God? Lessons from sitting on the river bank thinking about God.
  • Aseity, the Self-existence and Eternally of God. - September 4, 2020
    One of the attributes commonly associated with God is aseity. That God is a self-existent necessary being who is eternal.
  • Why Should We Worship God? - September 11, 2020
    Why should we worship God? Because he is our creator, redeemer and Lord. In the end, every knee will bow before him. Why not start now?
  • What Does it Mean When We Say that God Is With Us - November 27, 2020
    Christians frequently say that God is with us. But what do we mean by this expression. What does it man to say "God is with us."
  • What Does the Bible Say About the Wrath of God? - December 11, 2020
    What does the Bible have to say about the wrath of God? And is the wrath of God at odds with a loving, merciful and gracious God?
  • Should We Expect to See Miracles From God? - February 19, 2021
    Does God still produce miracles in our world today? Or are miracles confined to the biblical times and no longer experienced today?

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