Inherited Guilt and the Analogy of Faith

Original sin is the belief that we have been negatively impacted by Adam’s sin in Genesis 3. The key biblical passage for the doctrine of original sin is Romans 5:12-19. Based largely on this passage, theologians have understood original sin in different ways. Some have committed themselves to a view called federalism in which Adam... Continue Reading →

How to Understand Theology

The first seminary class I ever took was THEO 5301: Systematic Theology 2. I’m not sure why I started with the second survey class, but the professor began the lecture by covering the basics. In the first lecture, the professor taught me something so foundational to theology that it changed the way that I understand... Continue Reading →

A Theology of Scripture for Ministers

Ministry is a difficult job to say the very least. There are constant demands for your time, you have to be able to multi-task to keep up, and sometimes you have to have difficult conversations with people you love dearly. The reason for the difficult nature of the job is that ministers focus on bringing... Continue Reading →

How to Prepare Your Heart for Church

Every Sunday, Christians gather to worship the God who gave them new life by the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacrificial work of Jesus on the cross. Though these mini-Easter celebrations look different, the common idea is that we gather to focus on God, challenge our fellow believers to greater obedience to Christ,... 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 →

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 →

The Bases of the Lord’s Supper

It goes by at least three different names: Communion, the Eucharist, and the Lord’s Supper. Along with the names comes a great variety of ways to understand what exactly the Lord’s Supper means, how it should be celebrated, and who should participate. The differences notwithstanding, the Lord’s Supper ties Christians of all different stripes to... Continue Reading →

Top 6 Posts From the First 6 Months

Thinking Theologically turns 6 months old this month! In honor of the 6-month milestone, I've placed links to the 6 most-read blog posts below! #1 Of Crawfish and Bacon: Christians and Those Quirky Old Testament Laws This post examines why Christians feel free to disregard so many Old Testament laws. In Louisiana, shellfish such as... Continue Reading →

What Do Pastors Do?

Every weekend, multitudes of preachers stand before congregations and faithfully preach God’s word to God’s people. For those 30-45 minutes, the preacher looks out from the pulpit and tells his congregation how God’s word applies to their lives. Then, he leaves the pulpit, walks off the stage, and goes home just like everyone else. Next... Continue Reading →

The Theology of Pentecost

Sunday, May 20, 2018, was Pentecost. The first Pentecost is one of the most important days in the history of the Church for numerous reasons; however, this day’s main source of significance is the fact that the Church received the Holy Spirit’s presence in a new way on Pentecost. If we read in Acts 2,... Continue Reading →

The Value of Redundant Preaching

I typically preach my way through entire books of the Bible. In 2018, I’ve already preached through the book of Colossians, and I’m currently hitting the high points of the book of Genesis. This approach to sermon writing has numerous benefits for me: It keeps me from focusing on my favorite Bible verses, it forces... Continue Reading →

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