Hamartiology – Some Observations on the Nature of Sin

Scripture tells us anything done apart from faith is sinful in God’s sight (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:23). Sin is mentioned some 465 times in the Bible (NIV). It translates the Hebrew word חַטָּאת and the Greek word ἥμαρτες from which we derive the noun hamartiology. Its first explicit mentionis in Genesis 4:7, where God admonishes [...]

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Hope Not Yet Fulfilled

As our choir was practicing one of our songs for Christmas, I was thinking about the seemingly conflicting messages we hear. One verse of “Tell the World” says “Tell the hopeless He’s the Promise now fulfilled before their eyes. Tell the restless in His presence ev’ry need is satisfied.”  But historically, the birth of Jesus [...]