We mostly read dead theologians. Millard Erickson is a contemporary theologian that many are using today because he gives current material on some old doctrines. Long time theology professor at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul (at the completion of his theology) he now is at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. This large volume of over 1200 pages is a handy and well-organized tool. Erickson does a good job of defending Christianity against false views of God and the Scripture (often including detailed analysis of other views). I have also found that conservative believers need to watch for certain non-conservative beliefs in Erickson: The RSV is used unless otherwise noted; he hold to theistic evolution and/or progressive creationism (482); the charismatic gifts may still be open today (880); and he does not hold to pre-tribulationalism (1191-2). However Erickson does hold to congregation church government (1086); baptism by immersion (1097); is complimentary to dispensationalism (1062); is premillennial (1217); and believes hell is eternal punishment (1238-9).
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]
Cross, Creation and also ProphecyFebruary 1, 2016
There are three great mountain peaks of importance in Biblical history. First and foremost is Calvary. The cross is the center of all God’s workings with this world. If the believer could say with Paul, “I determined not to know any thing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2), he would […]
Anointing With OilMarch 28, 2015
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, […]