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Feb 8, 2010

The OPC Presbytery of Southern Calif. clarified my status thereby allowing me to continue to serve as a ruling elder in the PCA.

Nov 19, 2010

Read paper summarizing my dissertation at ETS Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

April 8, 2011

Read paper summarizing my dissertation at ETS Far West Region Meeting at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido.

May-June 2011

My dissertation on DIKAIOSUNH QEOU in OT, Jewish Literature, and Paul was approved; received Ph.D. in New Testament from Fuller Seminary.

Nov 19, 2011

Read paper critiquing view that righteousness is a relational concept in the Hebrew Bible at SBL Annual Meeting in San Francisco for Biblical Lexicography Program Unit.

Dec 25, 2011

Preached at New Life Burbank (PCA), Not Ashamed to Call Us Brothers (Heb 2:10-18).

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This is my static site, on which you will find various papers I have written and MP3s of select sermons and lectures. Topics covered range from New Testament scholarship to biblical theology in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos and Meredith Kline. Although this site covers a variety of topics, my overarching aim is to trumpet the gospel of free grace in Christ. Jesus said that he did not come to call the righteous but sinners. As one great hymnist wrote: "All the fitness he requireth is to feel your need of him."

But do not some abuse the grace of the gospel and turn it into wantonness? Answer: Yes, some do, ever did, and still will do so. But it is only the ill-understood and not believed doctrine of grace that they abuse. The grace itself, no man can abuse, for its power prevents its abuse. Let us see how Paul, that blessed herald of this grace (as he was an eminent instance of it) deals with this objection (Rom. 6:1, etc.). How does he prevent this abuse? Is it by extenuating what he said (Rom. 5:20), that grace abounded much more where sin had abounded? Is it by mincing grace smaller so that men may not choke upon it or have too much of it? Is it by mixing something of the law with it, to make it more wholesome? No, but only by plainly asserting the power and influence of this grace, wherever it really is, as he does at length in that chapter. This grace is all treasured up in Christ Jesus, offered to all men in the gospel, poured forth by our Lord in the working of faith, and drunk in by the elect in the exercise of faith. And it becomes in them a living spring, which will, and must, break out and spring up in all holy conversation.

[Robert Traill, Justification Vindicated (Puritan Paperbacks, Banner of Truth, 2002; originally published 1692), p. 41.]