Did Jesus descend to Hell?

Interpreters of Ephesians 4:9 have long wrestled with the meaning of the phrase “the lower parts of the earth.”  Many have conjectured that phrase means that after the crucifixion Christ went to Hell to proclaim the truth of His death and resurrection to those who resided there.  Interpreters base this understanding not only on Ephesians […]

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Mohler: 3 blogs on theology and life

In the past week, Al Mohler has posted three different blogs that relate theology to life and the kinds of assumptions people have about God and the decisions that result from those assumptions. In “Air Conditioning Hell: How Liberalism Happens,” he writes, Theological liberals do not intend to destroy Christianity, but to save it. As […]

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Book Review: The Disappearance of God

Title:  The Disappearance of God:  Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness Author:  R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Publisher:  Multnomah Books, 2009; 194 pp. $14.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  A number of years ago while attending a conference where Al Mohler was preaching, reference was made to the fact that while Mohler is obviously articulate, well-read, and […]

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Today’s Quote – Cross (Piper)

John Piper, in Preaching the Cross: God did not ordain the cross of Christ or create the lake of fire in order to communicate the insignificance of belittling his glory.  The death of the Son of God and the damnation of unrepentant human beings are the loudest shouts under heaven that God is infinitely holy, […]

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A brief glimpse of Hell

Richard Baxter noted that if we were able to glimpse for even a moment the gravity of Hell and the closeness of so many men to it, that we would be greatly emboldened for evangelism.  That is, we are shy about declaring the gospel because we do not see it as a great threat to […]

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Missionary Myths

Christianity Today recently published a brief article debunking a number of myths about missions and missionaries — “Missionary Myths.” Among the myths the article countered were: “There are pressing needs right here.” “Short-termers can do it.” “Let the nationals do it.” “The task has been completed.” “Maybe there are other ways to God.” “Missionaries have […]

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Sunday Leftovers (9/23/07)

See the deplorable condition of all ungodly people! In the other world, they shall have a life that always dies and a death that always lives. [Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture.] Most people — whether they trust in Christ or not — think too little of hell. Believers think too little of hell, not […]

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Sunday Leftovers (8/26/07)

“If we understood Hell even the slightest bit, none of us would ever say, ‘Go to Hell.’ It’s far too easy to go to Hell. It requires no change of course, no navigational adjustments. We were born with our autopilot set toward Hell. It is nothing to take lightly — Hell is the single greatest […]

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