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 →

Calvinism is Not the Gospel

A prominent trend in American evangelicalism is the rise of Calvinism. While Arminianism was the dominant theological position of American Christians throughout the end of the twentieth century, Calvinism may be the dominant position in the near future. My first seminary class was taught by a Calvinist, the popular Passion Conferences are routinely headlined by... Continue Reading →

The Significance of Christ’s Death

It’s Good Friday, which means that today is the day on which Jesus was crucified. Now, if you know anything about crucifixion, you’ll find it odd that Christians refer to this day as Good Friday; for, crucifixion was an objectively evil practice. Christians call this day good because of our theological commitments. First, we believe... Continue Reading →

Are All Sins Really Equal?

All sins are equal. That was a common refrain that echoed through the rural churches of my childhood. This phrase is and will always be an axiom of my upbringing: Never did I doubt this statement’s veracity until I was in high school. As is so often the case with doubts, this problem, which now... Continue Reading →

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