I created this blog in the fall of 2012 to explain open theism (see “Open Theism” below) to my family and friends and accordingly gave it the name Open Theism. After completing an initial series of articles on open theism, I began using the blog to share some other aspects of my life. In the spring of 2016 I decided to devote the blog primarily to one of them, my perennial interest in the study of the life, letters, and theology of the apostle Paul and renamed the blog Pauline Studies. However now, wanting to use my blog posts as follow-ups to our weekly Life group studies, I’ve decided to give the blog a more general name, Bob’s Corner.
Open theism is a belief about God (theism), the belief that He leaves the world partially open so that we can exercise free will in it rather than His completely controlling it (open). I came to this belief several years ago in my search for an explanation of the problem of evil–the existence of evil and suffering in the world despite God’s being all-powerful and all-good. I found the belief more Biblical and more self-consistent than other explanations for the problem of evil.
From October 27, 2012, to April 27, 2013, I posted a series of articles on open theism based on an article that I’d written on open theism for Suite101.com in 2005. From September 10, 2014, to January 28, 2015, I posted a revised version of the series. Both the original and the revised series appear under “Open Theism” in the list of categories at the right of the screen.
So far the blog contains three series of articles on Paul: the first on his life, running from February 21, 2015, to June 3, 2016; the second on his letter to the Galatians, running from April 18, 2015 to Augusy 19, 2016; and the third on his letter to the Philippians, running from September 16 to January 20, 2017.
Our Life Group
After posting my original series on open theism, I began reporting on the weekly meetings of the Life group which my wife and I attend. I began reporting on them on May 3, 2013, and have continued reporting on them off-and-on since then. All of the reports appear under “Our Life Group,” and the reports on three of the topics which we’ve discussed so far also appear under “The Problem of Evil,” “Pentecostal Doctrine,” and “The Parables of Jesus.” Currently we’re working through Jesus : The Life and Ministry of God the Son – Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer (Moody Publishers, Chicago, 2017). We plan to study Peter (the man, not the book) next.
As well as the above, on August 24, 2013, I began a series of posts based on my family’s reading from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology in our daily Bible reading. Because we had a Brazilian student staying with us from the end of August, 2014, to the end of January, 2015, we did other reading in our family’s daily Bible reading and I took a break from the series in that period of time. After his visit I resumed the series and completed it on February 14, 2015. It appears under “Systematic Theology.”
Also, on February 11, 2017, I began sharing in the weeks in which our Life group didn’t meet (including in the summer break) from my personal reading in The Great Books of the Western World guided by The Great Ideas Program (both sets published by Encyclopedis Britannica). I’m still sharing from it under “The Great Ideas Program.”
Besides making the posts that I have made or plan to make in the sections noted above, sometimes I make posts on special occasions and on other topics. They appear under “Special Occasions” and “Uncategorized” respectively.
Participating in Discussions
I would appreciate visitors commenting on the posts and the topics considered in the posts. However, when I created Open Theism, I observed that it was not intended for advanced discussion of open theism or for arguments between supporters and opponents of open theism, other sites being available for both of those activities. The same is true regarding the other topics considered. Thus I will approve the publication of only those comments that are made in a non-technical and friendly manner.
The Author of the Blog
My name is Bob Hunter, and I am a retired teacher. I lived most of my childhood and youth in northern Ontario and my adult life in central Newfoundland. I attended McMaster University, Ontario College of Education, and Eastern Pentecostal Bible College and have graduate degrees from California State University Dominguez Hills (M.A. in Humanities) and Louisiana Baptist University (M.A. and Ph.D. in Bible/Theology). I spent most of my working years teaching a grade five class in Windsor Pentecostal Elementary School in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland. My wife, Leonora, and I have two children, Robert and Shekinah. We’re shown in the photo below. I also have an adult daughter, Allison, whose mother, Esther, died when she was a child and who now is a special education teacher in Nebraska. The photo was taken when my family and I attended her wedding in 2008.