It’s Good Friday, which means that today is the day on which Jesus was crucified. Now, if you know anything about crucifixion, you’ll find it odd that Christians refer to this day as Good Friday; for, crucifixion was an objectively evil practice. Christians call this day good because of our theological commitments. First, we believe […]Read More The Significance of Christ’s Death
Easter is the very center of the Christian understanding of the world: The importance of Easter simply cannot be overstated. Easter is the one fact from which all of Christianity hangs. If archaeologists proved that the Exodus never took place, I’d still be a Christian; if cosmologists proved that the earth is billions of years […]Read More Do the Resurrection Stories Contradict Each Other?
All sins are equal. That was a common refrain that echoed through the rural churches of my childhood. This phrase is and will always be an axiom of my upbringing: Never did I doubt this statement’s veracity until I was in high school. As is so often the case with doubts, this problem, which now […]Read More Are All Sins Really Equal?
In the Old Testament, we are told that as a man “thinks in his heart, so is he.” Flip forward to the New Testament and Paul tells us that Christians are to “take captive every thought” with the goal of making all of our thoughts “obedient to Christ.” Similarly, Paul told the church at Rome […]Read More Defining Ourselves: Personal Autonomy or a God-Given Responsibility
On March 17, 461, St. Patrick of Ireland died in Ireland, the land he spent his life working to convert to the Christian religion. Patrick lived an amazing life and was a role model for effective evangelism; however, much of what we associate with him is mythical. For example, we don’t really know whether Patrick […]Read More St. Patrick of Ireland
Most people immediately recognize Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous “Fur Elise.” As a young piano student, a much-simplified version of this classic piece was a core element of piano lessons. I ask you this question: Would Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” have been greater if Beethoven had only heard the melody in his imagination, or is “Fur Elise” […]Read More Anselm’s Ontological Argument
Arminianism: Though few Christians have heard that term, most Christians are Arminians. Arminianism, however, has a bad reputation: Whether intentionally or unintentionally, Calvinists have often misrepresented what Arminians actually believe to the extent that Arminianism has come to be defined by its detractors. Too often, Calvinists construct a straw-man of Arminianism, proceed to knock down […]Read More What is Arminianism?
Recently, my wife’s flatiron unexpectedly gave up the ghost. Like the good, dutiful husband I am, or at least attempt to be on my better days, I bought her a replacement flatiron which arrived in the mail later that week. Now, this process revealed two things to me: First, flatirons are outrageously expensive! I’m currently […]Read More What Every Pastor Wants
Calvinism: It’s a buzzword in modern Christian circles and is on the rise among the ranks of millennials who are beginning to fill pastoral positions and seminary professorships. Though many church leaders lament Calvinism’s rise, we’ve all been influenced by Calvinist figures in one way or another. Whether it came through Louie Giglio’s Passion Conferences, […]Read More What is Calvinism?