My ThD Degree Was Based on an Elaborate Scam: Let Me Explain
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by Bobby Grow
1d ago
The Lord seemed to be pressing me last night to dig even deeper. I had already though given it my best shot to punch holes through the credibility and viability of the institution I was getting, or had gotten the ThD from. It’s an absolute quagmire, and news worthy. In fact, it is in the news in Maryland. I was working with Dr. Fred Macharia and Dr. Enrique Ramos, particularly through a connection Fred had made with the University of America Curacao. It was through this University (and a subsidiary school called Salt Lake Bible College) that I was awarded with the ThD through; upon Fred’s, Enr ..read more
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St. Martin Luther, the Christian Humanist Against the Glory Theologians
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by Bobby Grow
4d ago
Definitions are important; if for no other reason but to understand what something means. Context provides meaning, and thus definition, for words; whether that is in sentences, paragraphs, chapters, books, so on and so forth. When attempting to understand where a particular theologian lies, as far as classification, within the alternative types of being a theologian, it is important that we get a handle on the definitions used to ascertain that. In the medieval period, generally, a theologian could be classified as a scholastic theologian, or a Christian humanist; or potentially, both, depen ..read more
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An Editorial Note: On the Grammer Police
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by Bobby Grow
5d ago
Let me share the types of comments that I won’t approve going forward. They are the types of comments that present themselves in some sort of editorial role that I never asked for. They might come across as passive-aggressive, but their sheen remains that superficial. I’m not interested in being grammar policed by essentially anonymous people (this particular commenter left his name, but I won’t be sharing that here) who seem to be using their “policing” as a mechanism to give themselves a sense of intellectual superiority vis-à-vis me (but who am I?). It is functioning like a rhetorical devic ..read more
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He “Became Us,” He Doesn’t “Get Us”
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by Bobby Grow
6d ago
He Gets Us. If you watched the Super Bowl, and stayed for the commercials, you’ll understand what that little phrase entails. It was a commercial, part of the He Gets Us campaign, produced with the intent of creating a false dilemma between a Jesus who affirms people right where they are; and if you don’t, then the implication is, that you have a Jesus of hate. This represents a false dilemma, clearly, because as genuine Christians understand, from Holy Scripture, Jesus is both grace and truth incarnate. The most loving thing He has done for us is to assume our sin that we might become the ri ..read more
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The Work of Christ is the Person of Christ: Against Dualistic Classical Theology
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by Bobby Grow
2w ago
When the work of Christ is separated from the person of Christ, all you can be left with are either pure Pelagian or semi-Pelagian doctrines of salvation; as that becomes funded by some functional type of an adoptionistic christology (e.g., Ebionism etc.) This is why TFT refers to the Latin Heresy: he is referring to theologies, Western-Augustinian ones, that ultimately don’t think salvation, as both objectified and subjectivized in the Monarxia of God in the person of Jesus Christ. When this or that individual person is understood as being “elect” of God, based on an arbitrary and hidden dec ..read more
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The Dysteological Spirit as Parody of the Holy Spirit
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by Bobby Grow
2w ago
Telford Work in his chapter on mapping a modern view of the Holy Spirit offers a really nice index of how that gets expressed under the pressures of secularism. Let me share how he sketches that; this is under a section he calls a Dysteological Pneumatology (think something like a Dystopian doctrine of the Spirit). For Nietzsche these spirits are individual wills vying for power. For Freud they are the dark psychological forces that drives single minds and whole civilizations. Among humanity’s countless groups and subgroups they are the countless human structures that Paul calls stoicheia or ..read more
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Update: Commenting Policy
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by Bobby Grow
2w ago
Just a brief word on commenting here at the blog: I won’t normally approve anonymous comments, particularly if they are providing pushback or being negative (or trollish). If there are good words provided, congratulations, commendation, positive notes, even though I don’t prefer anonymous commenting, I will often approve such comments. I just approved a comment that is anonymous and is providing some sort of passive-aggressive pushback, without explanation, and without owning it by using their real name. Going forward such comments will not be approved. Thank you brothers and sisters ..read more
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A Critical Theological Anthropology vis-à-vis a Knowledge of God against a Turn to the Subject
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by Bobby Grow
3w ago
I shared the following passage on Facebook and X, from John Baillie, as cited by TF Torrance in his book: Theological Science. The fact is that no true knowledge, no valid act of perceiving or thinking, can be explained by beginning from the human end—whether it be my perception of the number of peas in a particular pod or my discovery of an argument for the existence of God. In either case my cognition is valid only so far as it is determined by the reality with which I am faced. I’ve had a “friend” on FB who more recently has become somewhat aggressive with me; like he is angry because he th ..read more
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Theological Science, au contraire to the Natural Theology of the Schoolmen
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by Bobby Grow
3w ago
The following is a highly overlooked point, particularly with reference to Christian theology. What, or more pointedly, Who is theology’s control? The answer to this question drives what I attempt to be all about, when it comes to doing prayerful and dialogical theology. We could ask this question another way: is there an order, a taxis, to doing Christian theology; an order that takes into account a thoughtful and intentional theological ontology? These are important questions, and ones that I rarely see engaged with within the received theologies of much of evangelical Lutheran and Reformed ..read more
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Purple Energy, An Analogy on the Trinity
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by Bobby Grow
3w ago
The Trinity: An Illustration Just as one flame contains three realities in a single fire, so there is one God in three persons. How? The flame is made of a shining brightness, a purple energy, and glowing heat. It has a shining brightness so that it can give light, a purple energy so that it can be active and alive, and a glowing heat sot that it can burn. The shining brightness represents the Father, who reveals His brightness to believers in His fatherly care. The purple energy contained with the brightness (by which the same flame manifests its power) represents the Son, who from the Virgi ..read more
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