60 Seconds On Humans

The Bible forces you to acknowledge the potential, complexity, sinfulness, and beauty of humans.  It is the only window that lets you glimpse the whole man.   It won’t let you cast him as a sappy, thin do-gooder.  Because right there in your face is the ugliness of Abraham handing off his beloved Sarah to... Continue Reading →

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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 →

A Catechism for Our Day

The Word of God is always relevant.  And our hearts will be healthier when they are brought under it. A Christian who brings Scripture and the God of Scripture to bear on his thoughts, emotions, choices, philosophy, theology, self-talk, vocation, family dynamic, behaviors, hobbies, and habits will be a Christian whose spiritual muscles and bones... 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 →

Some Personal Proverbs

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:  To know wisdom and instruction,to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth — Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who... 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 →

Sentences

    One of the classic medieval Christian texts was a book called Sentences.  It was by Peter Lombard, and is, I'm sure, available right now on Amazon.  As best as I can understand, having read only about it (and even then, not very much), it's a collection of theological statements.      Well, I had... Continue Reading →

For 3:  Books I Go Back To

   I thought this might be helpful.  I was considering the other day which books, after the Bible, I most often go back to (either for ministry or for personal growth), and I'm pretty sure it'd be these three.   1) Historical Theology, by Gregg Allison.    A great book, and a companion to Systematic Theology... Continue Reading →

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