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Motyer’s Mistakes in Isaiah 53 / David Allen, PhD

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Isaiah 53 and Limited Atonement
A Review of Motyer’s chapter in
“From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
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In Chapter 10, J. Alec Motyer treats us to a solid exegesis of Isaiah 53. I always try to read Motyer on any text of Scripture which he writes. He is an excellent exegete.

Here Motyer avoids the clutter of quotations from other commentators, and stays directly with his exegesis of the text. It’s smooth sailing until we come to page 252:

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Lessons on Life & Suffering from John Donne / David L. Allen, PhD

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by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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“God never uses a man greatly until he hurts him deeply.”

So said A. W. Tozer. Few men can attest to this truth like John Donne, the 17th century English preacher, poet, and Dean of St. Paul’s Church in London from 1621 until his death in 1631. Today, Donne is more known for his poetry than for his preaching, but he was a master of both.

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Gaining a Fuller Understanding / David Allen, Ph.D.

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Responding to Dr. Michael Haykin*

by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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I have enjoyed reading Dr. Caner’s 3 part series on “Historical Southern Baptist Soteriology” at SBCToday and Dr. Haykin’s brief response which is posted at Andrewfullercenter.org. Both have helped me to understand the issues better.

Since I, too, have written on Fuller’s shift in his position on the extent of the atonement,1 I would like to make a few important points concerning what Dr. Haykin is claiming concerning Dr. Caner’s section on Fuller in Part Two of his post with respect to the extent of the atonement.

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Recovering the Gospel — Why Belief in an Unlimited Atonement Matters

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by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Article 3 (of the Traditional Statement) addresses the Atonement of Christ. It consists of one proposition in affirmation and three in denial. I expect there will be no disagreement on the affirmation regarding the penal substitution of Christ. The penal substitutionary atonement, though often attacked and vilified in modern theology, is the bedrock doctrine for explaining the work of Christ on the cross for the sins of the world. Sin can only be atoned by the shed blood of Christ on the cross as our substitute. The word “penal” connotes legal imagery. Jesus’ death on the cross satisfied the justice and wrath of God against our sin. Apart from Christ, there is no salvation. Apart from his atonement, there is no salvation. Only the cross of Christ provides an available and effective sacrifice for the sins of every person.

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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by Dr. David Allen

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of America’s most beloved poets. His poetry brought him world-wide acclaim with such masterpieces as “Evangeline,” “The Song of Hiawatha,” and “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” Many a child in school was pulled to the edge of his seat while listening to Longfellow’s famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

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