A Question for a Roman Catholic Theologian

You know what’s absent from any book of the Bible outside of the Gospels? Mary. If Mary is intended to be such a central part of the Christian life, if she intercedes for us and works for us and cares for us and we’re supposed to pray to her, why is her name not anywhere... Continue Reading →

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How Do I Worship From the Sodom and Gomorrah Story?

What do I do with passages in the Bible like this? The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.  Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.  And He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the... Continue Reading →

26 Theses

This month, much of the Gospel-believing world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's putting up 95 theses, or statements, against the Roman Catholic application of "indulgences."  The 95 theses of October 31, 1517 were one in a fairly long line of objections to unbiblical teachings and emphases by Roman popes, cardinals, bishops, theologians,... Continue Reading →

Sentences 4

I've written a few installments of this (1, 2, and 3) and I enjoy it.  These are some one-sentence theological or philosophical propositions that I contend are true, delivered along with a head nod to Mr. Peter Abelard, and his Medieval book, Sentences. Everyone who wants to be God will end up hating God (see:  Pharaoh in Exodus, Herod... Continue Reading →

Some Little Kid Definitions Of Big Concepts

I think, generally, if you actually understand something you'll be able to to explain it to a young child.  And the flip side of that coin is that trying to explain something to a little kid can help you understand it better.   Some Christian parents, myself included, struggle at times to answer their 5-year-old's question about what... Continue Reading →

He Doesn’t Control Some Things

   That's right.  He controls all things.   Is a trumpet blown in a city,and the people are not afraid?  Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?  Amos 3:6 Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?  Is it not from the mouth of... Continue Reading →

Sentences (Part 3)

   *For previous installments, see here and here. Brevity is a skill I'm trying to hone.  I think it's good to be able to say something you believe to be true and meaningful plainly and in just a few words.  With that in mind, for the third time, here are a few simple theological or moral propositions I contend are true,... Continue Reading →

Sentences (Again)

   A month or so ago I wrote a post simply made up of theological sentences that I held to and believed.  The idea was based (ridiculously loosely) on Peter Abelard's classic Medieval theological textbook Sentences.  It was I think, the most read post I've ever had, so I figured I'd re-gift it.   Here are a... Continue Reading →

60 Seconds On Heresy Hunting

   They're far less frequent than the encounters I'll have with Christians who don't seem to care enough about truth, but from time to time I'll end up observing (or embroiled in) a conversation with a Christian who seems to enjoy pointing out the errors of others.  Who seems to love the fight.  Truth be... Continue Reading →

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