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 […]Read More What Happened to Mystery?
Charles Spurgeon famously said that “the proper study of God’s elect is God… There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity.” Indeed, examining the […]Read More The Euthyphro Dilemma
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
The writer of Hebrews commands Christians to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.” 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 […]Read More The Shocking Boldness of Biblical Prayer
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
What ministers believe affects our ministries more than we often realize. So important is our theology that the New Testament repeatedly insists that bad theology points to a false teacher. If we teach the wrong ideas, then it doesn’t really matter how many bodies we put in the pews, people we baptize, or budgets we […]Read More A Theology of God for Ministers
Below are the three best book I read in July in no certain order. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis The Great Divorce is a work of theological fiction in which C.S. Lewis challenges the modern understanding of hell. The standard view of hell, which owes much to Dante Alighieri’s famous poem, The Inferno, takes […]Read More Best Books of July 2018
Anyone who has read the Bible knows about the apparent tension concerning where God is. According to some parts of the Bible, God seems to be very far away. For example, in Psalm 113, the psalmist writes that God “sits enthroned on high,” and that he “stoops down to look on the heavens and the […]Read More Radio Waves and the Presence of God
The cover of the July 12, 1968, edition of Life magazine showed a picture of a young boy who was starving to death as the result of a humanitarian crisis in Biafra. This magazine reached the hands of a young Steve Jobs, who would later create the Apple empire responsible for iPhones, iPads, and Mac […]Read More Why Does God Allow Natural Evils?
This coming Sunday, I’ll be preaching the story of Achan from Joshua 7. According to the book of Joshua, after the Israelites conquered the city of Jericho, Achan took a Babylonian robe, some silver, and a bar of solid gold. When God reveals this sin to the nation of Israel, the book of Joshua says […]Read More Old Testament Violence and the Nature of God
Words are important: Often times, the words we use reveal much about what we believe. For example, when a person calls the book of Revelation “Revelations,” I cringe. The reason is that adding the “s,” though it seems small, implies that we believe there are multiple revelations in the book of Revelation. Without the “s,” […]Read More Does Your Pastor Have an Office or a Study?
Most people immediately recognize Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous “Fur Elise.” As a young piano student, a much-simplified version of this classic piece was a core element of piano lessons. I ask you this question: Would Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” have been greater if Beethoven had only heard the melody in his imagination, or is “Fur Elise” […]Read More Anselm’s Ontological Argument