Mimetic Rivalry

“I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind” (Ecclesiastes 4:4). French anthropological philosopher René Girard argued that all conflict, competition and rivalry originate in mimetic desire (also... Read more

Perception Versus Actuality

Matthew 16:19 (NAS): 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Notice the expression “whatever you bind on earth shall have been... Read more

Are we in Heaven now?

Are we in Heaven now? This question may seem silly, but it is one that is being asked in preterist forums. In fact, at a recent debate that I attended, one of the participants asked the other if they were in Heaven now, and he responded with a resounding yes.... Read more

Work(?) Out Your Own Salvation

When Paul says to “work out” one’s salvation, is he saying that we need to strive for doctrinal conformity? Is he saying that one needs to work to earn their salvation? Or is he asking the church at Philippi to be servants towards one another as the Christ humbled Himself?... Read more