Randy Alcorn's Blog: Doctrine and Theology

Can God Be Too Far Away? Can He Be Too Near?

God’s character is not a menu where you choose the attributes you like and forget the other ones. To worship the true God of Scripture, we must see Him as all that He is, not just part of who He is.

Knowing What God Is Like

If your grumpy neighbor asks, “What are you up to?” you’ll see it as a suspicious, condemning question. But if your cheerful neighbor asks the same thing, you’ll smile and talk about your plans. We interpret people’s words according to how we perceive their character and outlook. So it is with our view of God.

What We Lose When We Yawn at God

God is good. But until we understand the truth that He is not safe, that He is not under our control, until we come to grips with His holy majesty, transcendence, and utter independence, we will never begin to appreciate His fascinating and awe-inspiring character. 

If God Is Happy, Why Does He Seem Bad-Tempered?

I think the very fact that He’s unhappy with sin is an indicator that sin is what robs people of happiness. So He’s happy with that which is not only in conformity to His holy standards, but also that which is in conformity to His happiness and delight.

Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?

The biggest mistake in studying this issue is selecting those passages that most fit with what a person already believes. We should study the “whole counsel of God,” not ignoring or twisting or interpreting away those passages that challenge our position. 

How (and How Not) to Think about the Trinity

In his book Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves writes, “The Trinity is the cockpit of all Christian thinking.” As such, it’s a doctrine well worth contemplating, even if we can’t fully understand it. 

The Best Theological Label Is “Berean”

The Berean Christians were commended for carefully examining, in light of the Scriptures, the teachings of the apostle Paul (see Acts 17:11).