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 →

A Comforting Thought

As a pastor, one of the issues that I encounter frequently is people who are afraid that they’re doing the right things for the wrong reasons. For example, a person may want to read their Bible faithfully and have a healthy prayer life. Unfortunately, the person will frequently be immobilized by the fear that they’re... Continue Reading →

Four Distinguishing Marks of Baptist Theology

One of the unique features of Baptist theology is how diverse it can be. In my own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), a person can hold many different doctrinal positions while remaining in good standing. One popular example is the Calvinist/Arminian debate. In the SBC, we have Calvinists, Arminians, and people who claim to... Continue Reading →

Calvinism and the Unlimited Love of God

Calvinism is a popular theological system known primarily for its commitment to five doctrinal positions: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. Of these five, limited atonement is almost always the first one a Calvinist will jettison. Limited atonement is the doctrine that Christ did not die for... Continue Reading →

The Shocking Boldness of Biblical Prayer

The writer of Hebrews commands Christians to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.”[1] The word confidence is an interesting word. The Greek word behind it, παρρησία (parrhesia), has several interesting meanings. Obviously, the word means to be bold and to have confidence. However, the word also means to speak plainly, to be blunt, or... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Red-Letter Bibles

Flip through most Bibles, and you’ll see that some words are printed in bright red. Appearing exclusively in the New Testament, these bright red words are the words spoken by Jesus. Anytime Jesus speaks in the Bible, many Bibles will highlight all of his words in red ink. Though red-letter Bibles are common, they’re potentially... Continue Reading →

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