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Shane Himes

Shane Himes is the pulpit minister at the Hamilton Crossroads Church of Christ in Brundidge, Alabama. He has been married to Kaitlin now for two years. At the end of September, they are expecting to add a little girl, Trinity, to their family. Shane graduated from Central Baptist College in Arkansas with an undergraduate degree in theology. He will finish his MA-Theological Studies from Colorado Christian University in December. Most of all, Shane desires to help others partner with God in the restoration of all things.

Most people even remotely involved with theology are aware of the controversies surrounding the new perspective on Paul (NPP), and specifically the doctrine of justification. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to read and comprehend all of the material being produced on the matter, though there are two extremely well-known Pastor-theologians who, in my opinion, brought the debates about…

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Imagine telling a first century Jew that they don’t really know what God is like. Or, even to go a step further, imagine telling them that no one has ever seen God. They would be quick to object! Christians who know their Old Testament may even be sympathetic to these objections. What about Adam? He encountered God in the garden (Gen. 3:8). And Enoch? He walked with God for…

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Paul once said, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.” There’s something about having freedom in Christ that actually makes us slaves. We are slaves to righteousness, slaves to God. Christian liberty is more about being free from Satan and sin than about possessing total autonomy. Christ does not free us from…

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