Calvinism and the Unlimited Love of God

Calvinism is a popular theological system known primarily for its commitment to five doctrinal positions: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. Of these five, limited atonement is almost always the first one a Calvinist will jettison. Limited atonement is the doctrine that Christ did not die for... Continue Reading →

The Shocking Boldness of Biblical Prayer

The writer of Hebrews commands Christians to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.”[1] The word confidence is an interesting word. The Greek word behind it, παρρησία (parrhesia), has several interesting meanings. Obviously, the word means to be bold and to have confidence. However, the word also means to speak plainly, to be blunt, or... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Red-Letter Bibles

Flip through most Bibles, and you’ll see that some words are printed in bright red. Appearing exclusively in the New Testament, these bright red words are the words spoken by Jesus. Anytime Jesus speaks in the Bible, many Bibles will highlight all of his words in red ink. Though red-letter Bibles are common, they’re potentially... Continue Reading →

The Theology of the End of the World

Next week, I’m teaching my church’s annual January Bible Study. Given the fact that this year’s study is from a passage in the book of Revelation, I’m reviewing my thinking on eschatology. As always, I’m somewhat dizzied by the amount of diversity among theologians regarding the end of the world. As someone who was raised... Continue Reading →

The Temptation All Churches Face

One of Israel’s kings once wrote: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”[1] This concept is simultaneously discouraging and encouraging. On the one hand, we often think that we are entirely unique. According to Solomon, we are almost never as special... Continue Reading →

Best Books of 2018

I read somewhere that one of the simplest ways to disciple someone else is to recommend a good book. I don’t remember where or when I read that, but that quote has challenged me in numerous ways. For one, as someone who is obsessed with reading, I want to read quality books. If good books... Continue Reading →

John 1, the Word, and Jesus

John 1 has some of the deepest reflection on the identity of Christ in the entire New Testament. Every Christmas, I return to this passage to contemplate the incarnation. Without fail, I am always awed at what I find in the first fourteen verses of this chapter. Unfortunately, some of the language John uses can... Continue Reading →

Christmas: A Time for Evangelism

With Thanksgiving over, many of us are focusing our attention on Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is one of the most hectic times of the year. We have gifts to purchase, family events to schedule, and traditions to keep alive. Though we’re busy, Christians cannot afford to allow Christmas to pass us by. Whether... Continue Reading →

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 →

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