Either Calvinist or Arminian

The debate between Calvinists and Arminians is nearly as old as Protestantism. In this way, our generation is not unique. There is indeed nothing new under the sun. In modern Southern Baptist thought, many theologians consciously attempt to find a middle ground between the extremes of Calvinism and Arminianism. For example, the gold-standard for critiques... Continue Reading →

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Nuance is important. Unfortunately, nuance easily alludes us. For some reason, when we’re exposed to nuance, we are tempted to skip ahead or to think that the difference doesn’t really matter. These temptations aside, the nuances of a position can make a large difference in our lives. This is especially true in theology. I am... Continue Reading →

What Happened to Mystery?

The limit of human knowledge in theology is an interesting concept with a long history. In the first centuries of Christianity, the church resisted attempts to oversimplify doctrine. The first significant theological controversy the orthodox faced focused on the doctrine of the Trinity. Growing out of the strict monotheism of Judaism, the early church wrestled... Continue Reading →

When A Pastor Fights

The book of Galatians is one of the most passionate books of the New Testament. After Paul established the church in Galatia, false teachers entered the church and promoted a false gospel. According to the false teachers, Christians need to believe in Jesus and obey the works of the Law—especially circumcision—to be saved. Though this... Continue Reading →

A Theology of Hurricanes

Those who live in the southeastern United States are no stranger to hurricanes. In New Orleans, they throw hurricane parties in the streets of the French Quarter to celebrate the arrival of another storm. Most people adopt a soberer view of the storms, however. With the arrival of a hurricane, bread disappears from local grocery... Continue Reading →

The Euthyphro Dilemma

Charles Spurgeon famously said that “the proper study of God’s elect is God… There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity.”[1] Indeed, examining the... Continue Reading →

The Trilemma: An Argument for Christ’s Divinity

The first C.S. Lewis book I ever read was Mere Christianity. In Mere Christianity, Lewis discusses common elements of the Christian religion such as Christian morals and ethics. Before getting to Christian ethics, however, Lewis provides several arguments that seek to establish the truthfulness of Christian theism. Of these arguments, Lewis’s famous trilemma has stuck... Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Fallacy in Ministry

A fallacy is simply an error in reasoning. Fallacies come in many different forms. For churches, our favorite fallacy begins as we point out that a ministry opportunity is imperfect. Having shown that the opportunity is imperfect, we then claim that we have a good reason for not even trying to accomplish the ministry. Often... Continue Reading →

Inherited Guilt and the Analogy of Faith

Original sin is the belief that we have been negatively impacted by Adam’s sin in Genesis 3. The key biblical passage for the doctrine of original sin is Romans 5:12-19. Based largely on this passage, theologians have understood original sin in different ways. Some have committed themselves to a view called federalism in which Adam... Continue Reading →

How to Understand Theology

The first seminary class I ever took was THEO 5301: Systematic Theology 2. I’m not sure why I started with the second survey class, but the professor began the lecture by covering the basics. In the first lecture, the professor taught me something so foundational to theology that it changed the way that I understand... Continue Reading →

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