Friday, September 23, 2011

Once Enlightened--A Study of Hebrews 6:4-6

A friend of mine texted me asking that I do a blog post exegeting Hebrews 6:4-6, which reads,

4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

In this series I will exegete the passage to the best of my ability, explaining what I think it means and what it does not mean. And I'll do so without isolating it from the rest of Scripture as so many often do, while not simply saying it can't mean what my friend thinks it means because of such and such other passages. So with that introduction, let's begin with the first clause of the passage.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Theopologetics Debate: Conditionalism

Announcing what will be the third Theopologetics debate! This time on the topic of annihilationism or conditional immortality. Participants have agreed to field questions from you, my listeners, so send them my way at Stay tuned!

Date: Friday, October 21st (or Tuesday, October 25th if unforeseen circumstances rule out Friday), to be published in the podcast feed shortly thereafter.

Resolution: Unsaved humans will suffer everlasting conscious torment.

Pseudonymous blogger TurretinFan of affirms. Ronnie, creator of the Consuming Fire blog, denies.

Debate format:
  • 20 minutes opening affirmative
  • 20 minutes opening negative
  • 15 minutes rebuttal affirmative
  • 15 minutes rebuttal negative
  • 10 minutes cross-examination of affirmative
  • 10 minutes cross-examination of negative
  • 10 minutes cross-examination of affirmative
  • 10 minutes cross-examination of negative
  • 20 minutes "audience" Q&A, alternating
  • 10 minutes closing negative
  • 10 minutes closing affirmative