What Must a Christian Believe?

Different versions of Christianity have different standards a person must meet in order to be called a Christian. A Roman Catholic, for example, may define a Christian as someone who attends mass and participates in the sacraments. However, even the most ardent Catholic probably doesn’t believe their Lutheran neighbor is invariably consigned to the pits... Continue Reading →

A Theology of God for Ministers

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... Continue Reading →

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing forms of Christianity, if not the fastest.[1] Though I disagree with Pentecostal theology, I do believe that the rise of charismatic theology, which Pentecostalism is a part of, has benefited the Church. For one, Pentecostals have made theologians pay much more attention to the doctrine of the Holy... Continue Reading →

Christianity and Science

The second question Thomas Aquinas poses to himself in his massive Summa Theologica is “whether sacred doctrine is a science.” Much to the surprise of modern ears, Aquinas—one of the greatest theologians of all time—answers in the affirmative saying, “sacred doctrine is a science.” In a time where we assume science and religion are mutually... Continue Reading →

Best Books of August 2018

Below are the two best books I read in August. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer The Cost of Discipleship is an easy to read work of devotional literature that seeks to answer the question of how a person can live a real Christian life in the modern world written by a man who... Continue Reading →

Why My Church Does Business Meetings

A good friend of mine who grew up in the Catholic Church attended her first Protestant service on a Wednesday night at my church. Thinking back, I remember when she entered the church and sat down on a pew next to her boyfriend. As I introduced myself, I learned that she had extremely limited experience... Continue Reading →

Beach Theology

In the opening of his letter to the Roman church, the apostle Paul writes, “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.”[1] In other words, God created the world and left his fingerprints all over it. We need only... Continue Reading →

Best Books of July 2018

Below are the three best book I read in July in no certain order. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis The Great Divorce is a work of theological fiction in which C.S. Lewis challenges the modern understanding of hell. The standard view of hell, which owes much to Dante Alighieri’s famous poem, The Inferno, takes... Continue Reading →

Radio Waves and the Presence of God

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... Continue Reading →

Why Does God Allow Natural Evils?

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... Continue Reading →

Three Things Church Membership Means

Writing to perhaps the most troubled of the New Testament churches, Paul said: “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in... Continue Reading →

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