What Happened to Mystery?

The limit of human knowledge in theology is an interesting concept with a long history. In the first centuries of Christianity, the church resisted attempts to oversimplify doctrine. The first significant theological controversy the orthodox faced focused on the doctrine of the Trinity. Growing out of the strict monotheism of Judaism, the early church wrestled... 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 5 Solas of the Reformation

501 years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church. What followed was an earthquake along theological fault lines rivaled only by the Great Schism of 1054. Whereas the Great Schism divided the Church between the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church... Continue Reading →

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 →

St. Patrick of Ireland

On March 17, 461, St. Patrick of Ireland died in Ireland, the land he spent his life working to convert to the Christian religion. Patrick lived an amazing life and was a role model for effective evangelism; however, much of what we associate with him is mythical. For example, we don’t really know whether Patrick... Continue Reading →

Calvinism vs. Arminianism: The Basics

In each era of church history, Christians debate different doctrines. In much of the New Testament, we see the early church grappling with Christ’s relationship to the Gentiles and to the Old Testament Law. In the 4th and 5th centuries AD, the church debated the Doctrine of the Trinity and the personhood of Christ. Skip... Continue Reading →

A Crash Course on the Bible

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 →

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