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 […]Read More A Theology of God for Ministers
Anyone who has read the Bible knows about the apparent tension concerning where God is. According to some parts of the Bible, God seems to be very far away. For example, in Psalm 113, the psalmist writes that God “sits enthroned on high,” and that he “stoops down to look on the heavens and the […]Read More Radio Waves and the Presence of God
The cover of the July 12, 1968, edition of Life magazine showed a picture of a young boy who was starving to death as the result of a humanitarian crisis in Biafra. This magazine reached the hands of a young Steve Jobs, who would later create the Apple empire responsible for iPhones, iPads, and Mac […]Read More Why Does God Allow Natural Evils?
This coming Sunday, I’ll be preaching the story of Achan from Joshua 7. According to the book of Joshua, after the Israelites conquered the city of Jericho, Achan took a Babylonian robe, some silver, and a bar of solid gold. When God reveals this sin to the nation of Israel, the book of Joshua says […]Read More Old Testament Violence and the Nature of God
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
The Old Testament book of Job is a fascinating story that dwells upon the problem of evil and suffering. In the book, Job, who is eminently righteous by all accounts, loses his wealth and family in the course of a few days. Job and his friends then give a series of speeches to one another […]Read More The Things God Can’t Do
As Christmas approaches, I find myself preaching on the miraculous events surrounding Christ’s birth in the gospels of Matthew and of Luke. Though our culture is loath to admit it, there’s no good reason to think that miracles cannot happen, as I’ve argued here. Our culture is not the only one at fault when it […]Read More How Does God Work? 3 Reasons God Rarely Does Miracles
One of my favorite things to do is peruse a bookstore. I often pick up books and scan the contents, read the summaries on the back, and read things that sound interesting. I did this once with the book Atheism for Dummies. One of the sections I read concerned arguments for God’s existence. One argument […]Read More Who Made God?