Nuance is important. Unfortunately, nuance easily alludes us. For some reason, when we’re exposed to nuance, we are tempted to skip ahead or to think that the difference doesn’t really matter. These temptations aside, the nuances of a position can make a large difference in our lives. This is especially true in theology. I am […]Read More Once Saved, Always Saved?
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 […]Read More Inherited Guilt and the Analogy of Faith
Calvinism is a popular theological system known primarily for its commitment to five doctrinal positions: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. Of these five, limited atonement is almost always the first one a Calvinist will jettison. Limited atonement is the doctrine that Christ did not die for […]Read More Calvinism and the Unlimited Love of God
I read somewhere that one of the simplest ways to disciple someone else is to recommend a good book. I don’t remember where or when I read that, but that quote has challenged me in numerous ways. For one, as someone who is obsessed with reading, I want to read quality books. If good books […]Read More Best Books of 2018
On October 31, 1517, a previously unknown monk named Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the local church in Wittenberg. Many of us are familiar with the idealized version of this story. We picture Luther going to the door at dawn with a hammer in his hand before he relentlessly […]Read More Why Luther Posted His “95 Theses”
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 […]Read More The 5 Solas of the Reformation
Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing forms of Christianity, if not the fastest. 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 […]Read More Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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, […]Read More The Theology of Pentecost
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 […]Read More The Significance of Christ’s Death
Arminianism: Though few Christians have heard that term, most Christians are Arminians. Arminianism, however, has a bad reputation: Whether intentionally or unintentionally, Calvinists have often misrepresented what Arminians actually believe to the extent that Arminianism has come to be defined by its detractors. Too often, Calvinists construct a straw-man of Arminianism, proceed to knock down […]Read More What is Arminianism?
Calvinism: It’s a buzzword in modern Christian circles and is on the rise among the ranks of millennials who are beginning to fill pastoral positions and seminary professorships. Though many church leaders lament Calvinism’s rise, we’ve all been influenced by Calvinist figures in one way or another. Whether it came through Louie Giglio’s Passion Conferences, […]Read More What is Calvinism?
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 […]Read More Calvinism vs. Arminianism: The Basics