A Comforting Thought

As a pastor, one of the issues that I encounter frequently is people who are afraid that they’re doing the right things for the wrong reasons. For example, a person may want to read their Bible faithfully and have a healthy prayer life. Unfortunately, the person will frequently be immobilized by the fear that they’re... 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 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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