Written by R. Todd Mangum Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Lordship of Christ

We take back not one iota the truths with which we started three blogs ago:

  1. Is truth “pluralistic”? Hard to say and may depend on what one means; but falsehood definitely is.
  2. Truth — including and especially metaphysical truth about Jesus’ being Lord — can be known by human beings; this is stated explicitly in Scripture, and, when it is, this “knowledge and understanding” is credited actually to a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit (on the person’s mind, heart, soul) in the metaphysical realm.
  3. Not only is the Lordship of Christ discernible as a truth principle, affirmation of this truth is crucial for an overall perspective that is accurate or at all credible in forming a general worldview.
  4. Truth has an antithetical quality — that is, truth statements (in this case, about the Lordship of Christ) assert a point positively that must be affirmed over against rival points of different perspective that are false.
  5. The biblical portrayal does not imagine the world as consisting of a vast mural of truthful perspectives in which the truth of Yahweh or the Lordship of Christ adds a slight hue of additional nuance; rather, on the contrary, the biblical picture suggests a world consisting of a sea of falsehoods and rival swill, against which the small-but-sturdy vessel of truth rows to the sure arms of the one-and-only Lord Creator God.
  6. To these very conservative and traditional sounding points, we have added in the last blog this additional point, which adds a qualification, a nuance:

  7. All truth statements — including truth statements about “absolute” (metaphysical) principles — are inherently non-absolute. That is, all truth statements are inherently contextual statements, subject to qualification by context; and as context changes, either the statement or the understanding of the statement, likewise needs to be adjusted accordingly.

Written by R. Todd Mangum Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

Lordship of Christ

(That’s a Harder Question Than You Think!)

(Biblically speaking) There is only one Creator God, and only one Lord: Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ. These are points of truth, affirmed consistently by Scripture, and affirmed over against rival truth claims. Whatever claims would cast doubt, deny, or otherwise impinge on these truth claims are regarded not as potential providers of nuance of these truth claims, but as false. Period. Full stop.

From here, it would seem almost natural to simply drive the point home to the bedrock of “absolute truth” and be done with it. “God is Creator; Jesus is Lord. Anyone who denies these truths is accursed; anyone who affirms these truths is Holy-Spirit-prompted. These truths are absolute. Affirmation of them brings life; denial brings damnation.”


Written by R. Todd Mangum Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00

Christ Lordship

In my last blog, we observed just how emphatic are the Hebrew Scriptures on the exclusive singular existence of one-and-only-one God. We now move to examination of New Testament teaching concerning the Lordship of Christ and find it no less emphatic in affirming the singular uniqueness of Jesus’ Lordship (that is, “Godship,” really). Brief analysis of just a couple of key passages will suffice.

1 John 4:1-3 serves as a nice prototypical sample:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.


Written by R. Todd Mangum Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00

Christianity Falsehood

I am freshly returned from the Eastern Region Theology Conference on “Evangelicals in a Pluralist Society: Evangelical Engagement, Interfaith and Ecumenical” at which I gave one of the parallel papers. Here is a portion of the thoughts I shared there.


We are aware of the dizzying pluralism that characterizes our own 21st century world. In some ways, this is actually not so new. The polytheistic religious nature of the ancient world provided a no less “differentiated” quality of perspective(s) than the culture(s) to which we have grown accustomed in our day. Perhaps the fact that North America is self-consciously a “melting pot” (or “tossed salad” or “mural” or “cacophony” — pick your imagery of choice) may represent a more recent, post-Peace-of-Westphalia-sort of phenomenon.


Written by Charles Zimmerman Friday, 04 April 2014 15:18

Biblical Alums

This month we hear from one of Biblical’s most recent grads – Mark Novales. Mark graduated from our Urban LEAD program last year and is doing a great job planning a church-planting-church in Northeast Philadelphia. You will not find a more passionate pastor committed to living in mission with Jesus. Please take a minute and pray for Mark and his family when you are finished reading his story.

Here is his story:

I began my studies at Biblical Seminary in February 2011. I completed all the requirements for an Urban LEAD Master of Divinity in the Fall of 2013. Shortly after graduating from Biblical, my family and I planted a church in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia! CityReach Philly was birthed on September 15, 2014 at Northeast High School. After 6 months we have been used to reach the ONE who is far from God and have begun to see people become passionate followers of JESUS! We recently conducted 12 baptisms! God has also miraculously opened the doors of Tarken Park Recreation Center where we hold weekly Reach Group meetings (discipleship classes).


Written by Stephanie Lowery Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:50

Bible Reading

I would consider myself part of a textually-focused culture, one where reading and literacy are vital. Especially as a student and teacher, and life-long book lover, my life has always revolved around written texts. Just how do people from that context, relate to and understand hearing-dominant cultures, where texts are generally oral, publicly shared, and rarely written?

You might be wondering why this matters, or why it’s something I’m concerned about. After all, neither my neighbors nor co-workers are hearing-dominant people, so why am I spending time thinking about this and how does it affect my daily life?


Written by Dave Dunbar Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00


The debates about the origin of the universe and the beginning of human life, not just between Christians and non-Christians, but within the body of Christ, show no signs of abatement or resolution. And the importance of the topic, combined with the intensity of feeling among all the participants, leads to some very harsh language and unpleasant encounters among believers. Distrust, anger, impatience, misrepresentation, condescension — all this and more flow from those who claim to be followers of Jesus.

Surely there is a better way!


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