BibleGateway.com has over 50 different English versions of the Bible, which you can read for free. This tells you something that you probably already knew: There are a lot of Bible translations. There’s the NLT, the NIV, the RSV, the NASB, the MSG, the ESV, and, of course, the famous KJV. When you open them, […]Read More How to Pick the Best Bible Translation
In each era of church history, Christians debate different doctrines. In much of the New Testament, we see the early church grappling with Christ’s relationship to the Gentiles and to the Old Testament Law. In the 4th and 5th centuries AD, the church debated the Doctrine of the Trinity and the personhood of Christ. Skip […]Read More Calvinism vs. Arminianism: The Basics
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 […]Read More The Big Bang Theory and Christianity
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 […]Read More The Trinity and Theological Language
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” 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 […]Read More What Is Theology?
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 […]Read More Who’s Messing with the Bible? The NIV and Those Missing Verses
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 […]Read More How to Judge a Sermon
“What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” 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 […]Read More Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy