The Big Bang Theory and Christianity

Many people think that science and religion conflict. While there are certainly differences between science and religion and while they have sometimes been at odds, there’s no reason to think that these two sources of knowledge are necessarily contradictory. After all, Christianity teaches that God made the world and everything in it; since the world … Continue reading The Big Bang Theory and Christianity

The Trinity and Theological Language

I have a strong theological commitment to Trinitarianism. I firmly believe that there is only one God, but that he exists in three divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I further believe that the Son is not the Father, nor is the Holy Spirit the Son; however, in a way that … Continue reading The Trinity and Theological Language

What Is Theology?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”[1] In this passage, Jesus tells a scribe that if we are to aim at one thing in life, we ought to aim at loving God with everything we are. This makes … Continue reading What Is Theology?

Who’s Messing with the Bible? The NIV and Those Missing Verses

The different translations of the Bible available at your local LifeWay sound like President Roosevelt’s alphabet soup: Whereas FDR had the NRA, TVA, FHA, and the WPA, LifeWay sells the NIV, KJV, ESV, and CSB, to name but a few bestsellers. Further complicating our baptized alphabet soup are the strong opinions Christians hold about the … Continue reading Who’s Messing with the Bible? The NIV and Those Missing Verses

How to Judge a Sermon

Pastoring is a broad job: Pastors are counselors and confidants, teachers and trainers, supervisors and superintendents. Each pastor is uniquely gifted for and/or prefers one of these roles over the others. This is natural and is part of how the pastor is made in the image of God; differences in ministry preferences and skills are … Continue reading How to Judge a Sermon

Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy

“What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?”[1] Tertullian, a church father and apologist who lived in the late 2nd and early 3rd century AD, wrote a scathing critique of nominal Christians who fall headlong into false doctrine and heresies. By asking what Athens has to do with Jerusalem, Tertullian meant to critique Christians who … Continue reading Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy

A Crash Course on the Bible

A Satan worshipper once told me that the Bible said that it wasn't the word of God. Though there are probably better responses, I handed him my Bible and said: "show me where." I've often thought of that conversation and the puzzled expression on the guy's face as he gently thumbed through my Bible's soft … Continue reading A Crash Course on the Bible

Good Reads: “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There are no spoilers in this book review. All parenthetical citations are from this edition: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Translated by Constance Garnett. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2005. 718 pages. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is a fascinating murder mystery about the exploits of three brothers: Ivan, Dmitri, and Alyosha. The three brothers, though … Continue reading Good Reads: “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Intolerance and Christian Exclusivism

The only match for our culture’s flaming love-affair with the buzzword “tolerance” is our hatred of intolerance. Our hatred of intolerance is not without its bright spots: For example, it is bad to be intolerant toward a Muslim simply because they are Muslim. Similarly, it would be inappropriate for an employer to be intolerant toward … Continue reading Intolerance and Christian Exclusivism

3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down

Being a pastor is a difficult job. On the one hand, we want to please people; that's just human nature! I genuinely want people to enjoy my sermons, I want programs to run efficiently, and I want every service to be flawless. On the other hand, any pastor worth having knows that personal satisfaction and … Continue reading 3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down