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 … Continue reading The Trinity and Theological Language
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” In this passage, Jesus tells a scribe that if we are to aim at one thing in life, we ought to aim at loving God with everything we are. This makes … Continue reading What Is Theology?
The different translations of the Bible available at your local LifeWay sound like President Roosevelt’s alphabet soup: Whereas FDR had the NRA, TVA, FHA, and the WPA, LifeWay sells the NIV, KJV, ESV, and CSB, to name but a few bestsellers. Further complicating our baptized alphabet soup are the strong opinions Christians hold about the … Continue reading Who’s Messing with the Bible? The NIV and Those Missing Verses
“What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Tertullian, a church father and apologist who lived in the late 2nd and early 3rd century AD, wrote a scathing critique of nominal Christians who fall headlong into false doctrine and heresies. By asking what Athens has to do with Jerusalem, Tertullian meant to critique Christians who … Continue reading Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy
A Satan worshipper once told me that the Bible said that it wasn't the word of God. Though there are probably better responses, I handed him my Bible and said: "show me where." I've often thought of that conversation and the puzzled expression on the guy's face as he gently thumbed through my Bible's soft … Continue reading A Crash Course on the Bible
A few pounds of boiled crawfish (just like the ones pictured above) are a Louisiana delicacy! The worst thing about crawfish is that they’re only available during the first half of the year; though we eat a lot of other shellfish, such as shrimp and crabs, crawfish is the king of shellfish in Louisiana. Between … Continue reading Of Crawfish and Bacon: Christians and Those Quirky Old Testament Laws
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 … Continue reading The Things God Can’t Do
Perhaps the most important concept for pastoring a church is balance. The importance of balance shows up in nearly every area of the local church and to ignore balance is to head for ruin. With regard to a pastor’s workload, the pastor must find a healthy balance between the twin sins of too little and … Continue reading Balanced Preaching: How to Write Balanced Sermons and Bible Studies
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 … Continue reading How Does God Work? 3 Reasons God Rarely Does Miracles
Miracles are foundational to Christianity. Can we rationally believe in miracles in the 21st century?