St. Irenaeus and Pastor-Theologians

While listing the requirements of a pastor in Titus 1, Paul says a pastor “must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”[1] In other words, one of the requirements for being a pastor is understanding theology... Continue Reading →

The Suffering of Pastoral Ministry

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul defends his ministry as an apostle by listing the ways that he has suffered as a minister of the gospel. Against his opponents, he says that he has been imprisoned, flogged, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, hunted, and starved for the sake of his ministry. Paul’s list of suffering doesn’t stop at... Continue Reading →

A Theology of Church Finance

I’ve worked at two churches and I have many friends who are pastors. Here’s one thing that nearly all of our churches have in common: Finances are sometimes a little too slim for comfort. Very few churches have way too much cash lying around. Instead, many churches have to follow a strict budget. Managing church... Continue Reading →

A Theology of Scripture for Ministers

Ministry is a difficult job to say the very least. There are constant demands for your time, you have to be able to multi-task to keep up, and sometimes you have to have difficult conversations with people you love dearly. The reason for the difficult nature of the job is that ministers focus on bringing... Continue Reading →

How to Prepare Your Heart for Church

Every Sunday, Christians gather to worship the God who gave them new life by the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacrificial work of Jesus on the cross. Though these mini-Easter celebrations look different, the common idea is that we gather to focus on God, challenge our fellow believers to greater obedience to Christ,... Continue Reading →

The 5 Solas of the Reformation

501 years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church. What followed was an earthquake along theological fault lines rivaled only by the Great Schism of 1054. Whereas the Great Schism divided the Church between the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church... Continue Reading →

What Must a Christian Believe?

Different versions of Christianity have different standards a person must meet in order to be called a Christian. A Roman Catholic, for example, may define a Christian as someone who attends mass and participates in the sacraments. However, even the most ardent Catholic probably doesn’t believe their Lutheran neighbor is invariably consigned to the pits... Continue Reading →

A Theology of God for Ministers

What ministers believe affects our ministries more than we often realize. So important is our theology that the New Testament repeatedly insists that bad theology points to a false teacher. If we teach the wrong ideas, then it doesn’t really matter how many bodies we put in the pews, people we baptize, or budgets we... Continue Reading →

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing forms of Christianity, if not the fastest.[1] Though I disagree with Pentecostal theology, I do believe that the rise of charismatic theology, which Pentecostalism is a part of, has benefited the Church. For one, Pentecostals have made theologians pay much more attention to the doctrine of the Holy... Continue Reading →

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