Author Archives: Bobby Grow

The Aseity of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Revealed in the Littleness of God’s Becoming

It is important for the Christian to get lost in the aseity of God; in the Self-existence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His eternal life is truly the mysterium Trinitatis (mystery of the Trinity). He alone dwells in unapproachable light; He alone is immortal, the only wise God. His majesty consumes all of reality seen and unseen. […]

Barth’s Theology of the Cross isn’t PostMetaphysical, it is Biblical

Knowledge of God is not an escape into the safe heights of pure ideas, but an entry into the need of the present world, sharing in its suffering, its activity and its hope. — Karl Barth quoted in Eberhard Busch, Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts, 100.1 Barth’s theologia crucis, his theology of the cross. It […]

The Apostle Paul, Feuerbach, and Bonhoeffer in Convo: On a Crucified Knowledge of God

“For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” -Galatians 1.11-12 “God did not, as the Bible says, make man in His image; on […]

The Big Words of Theology: Pushing into the Depth Dimension of the God Beyond the Words

I often get accused, or maybe that’s too strong, I often am told by some of my contacts on social media that their eyes glaze over when coming to a post or tweet of mine. They are referring to the theological jargon I often use when giving self-expression to some thought I have about God, […]

I am Free Church: Against ‘High Grace’

It should be clear by now, but I’m low church. When I say I’m low church I don’t mean I reject conciliar Christianity, per se. What I mean is that I am Free church, and not necessarily in an Anabaptist way. I am theological free church in the sense that I see the esse or very being/condition […]

The Corporatists: Nietzsche’s Nihilators

Charles Taylor has just been describing various, deleterious, stances that secular people take in the so-called immanent frame; you’ll see those referred to in the quote I am going to provide from him below. What I want to focus on is the third way that people in the secular frame, according to Taylor, engage with […]

First Listen Before We Speak: The Role of Tradition in the Evangelical Churches

A rather troubling issue for the Protestant can be the relation between tradition and scripture. So many Christians believe that tradition is just something that Roman Catholics have, and that us Protestant Evangelical Reformed types simply have the Bible; and thus us Protestant types have a hard time making a critical distinction between our personal […]

For a Believer’s Baptism: Against the Sacramentalized Infant Baptism of Augustine

Augustine took infant baptism to a level it hadn’t been theretofore prior to his development of a doctrine of original sin contra Pelagius’ theology. My friend (who I had a falling out with some years ago), W. Travis McMaken, offers a nice sketch of Augustine’s doctrine of original sin, and its necessary remedy through the Church’s […]

Addressing the Withering Assurance of Salvation Among the Saints: From a Position of Christ Concentration

I once wrote something on assurance of salvation for publication, you can read that here. Assurance of salvation has always been an important soteriological locus for me; primarily because my dad struggled with this issue in very deleterious ways. I experienced struggles with this myself for a season of dark nighted soul, but came to experience denouement as I came to internalize […]

But that Sounds like Arminianism; that Sounds Like Universalism: Barth’s Relational-Universalism Funded by His Actualism

George Hunsinger offers six helpful motifs in order to grasp the way that Karl Barth maneuvers in his theological developments. One of those, and significantly, is Barth’s so-called actualism. In this post we will see what that entails for Barth, according to Hunsinger; and then see an example of that from Barth, in his Church Dogmatics, as that pertains […]