• The greatest evidence of salvation…

    The greatest evidence of salvation…

    Ask John Wesley – “What do you think the pre-regenerated person is like,” and he will answer in his sermon entitled “Original Sin” by saying (among other things)… And having no knowledge, we can have no love of God: We cannot love him we know not. Most men talk indeed of loving God, and perhaps […]

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  • The Molt on the Cross

    The Molt on the Cross

    It’s Good Friday… and Sunday is coming. I’ve long somewhat “struggled” with Good Friday because I’ve observed that many of our services tend to imply that we should pretend that the Resurrection hasn’t happened. And I get it. We’re trying to make much of the cross of Christ. After all, St. Paul indicated that all […]

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  • How To Treat Sinners the “Jesus Way”

    How To Treat Sinners the “Jesus Way”

    This morning I listened to the dramatized ESV (Mat. 16-28) as part of a “Gospel Experiment” group I’m involved in. The text in Mat. 18 where Jesus is instructing us on how to approach a brother who has sinned against us really stood out to me when I heard it afresh today. Jesus said… Go […]

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  • The Book of Job and the Bankruptcy of Misapplied Orthodoxy

    The Book of Job and the Bankruptcy of Misapplied Orthodoxy

    Religious people love formulas. We love creeds, propositions, systems, and theological conclusions that help us to make sense of the bible, the world, God, life, good, evil, right and wrong. When we make conclusions based on everything we know about biblical teaching, we tend to gather those conclusions into some kind of pile, and then […]

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  • The Worship Loop

    The Worship Loop

    I once heard a conference speaker suggest that 85% of pastors think that church exists to “train disciples to evangelize”, while 85% of the congregation thinks that church exists to “meet my needs”. (Can you say: “cross-purposes”?) When it comes to the weekly worship service at the average church, I believe a similar dynamic is often […]

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  • Finding my Identity in Retweets (or, I’m an Idiot)

    Finding my Identity in Retweets (or, I’m an Idiot)

    Am I a hypocrite if I dislike social media, yet use Twitter to promote my writing?  It sure feels like it… Part of me wants to rid myself of social media – to leave it all behind. I hate what it often does to my soul. If the heart is an idol factory, then social […]

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  • A Biblical, Theological, & Practical Response: Why I think Ken Wilson is wrong (part 2)

    A Biblical, Theological, & Practical Response: Why I think Ken Wilson is wrong (part 2)

    Last week I published my first review of Ken Wilson’s A Letter to My Congregation (ALTMC). I wanted to start the review by offering my initial thoughts and a few observations that I appreciated about Ken’s book, along with a few of the issues I found/find most problematic. It’s a tricky thing writing a series of […]

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  • Revisiting Romans 8:28

    Revisiting Romans 8:28

    Have you heard this before? “Honey, I know it hurts — but just remember — all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purposes. It’s all gonna turn out right in the end. The Bible promises us that!” If you have a friend at Church […]

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Biblical, theological, & practical reflections from the trenches.

Biblical Studies

The Book of Job and the Bankruptcy of Misapplied Orthodoxy

The Book of Job and the Bankruptcy of Misapplied Orthodoxy

Religious people love formulas. We love creeds, propositions, systems, and theological conclusions that help us to make sense of the bible, the world, God, life, good, evil, right and wrong. When we make conclusions based on everything we know about biblical teaching, we tend to gather those conclusions into some kind of pile, and then […]

Thinking theologically about Old Testament prophecy

Thinking theologically about Old Testament prophecy

I have had the honor of journeying through the Old Testament with Elmer Martens in my final semester at the Biblical seminary I attend. At this point in our course on Old Testament Theology, we’re looking at the prophetic writings and prophetic patterns in the Old Testament. Today, Dr. Martens said… “People think of prophets […]

What is the Bible for?

What is the Bible for?

I recently shared with some friends that you can tell what you think the Bible is for by examining your own primary use of the Bible. Consider four typical ways people use (or think about) the Bible, and then consider a fifth important addition to all of these. #1 – The Soterian Approach – The […]

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Theological Studies

Characteristics of the Come & Coming Kingdom

Characteristics of the Come & Coming Kingdom

Craig Blaising writes: “The theology of Luke-Acts teaches that when Jesus ascended into heaven, he was enthroned with kingdom authority.64 Paul teaches that Jesus is presently seated at the right hand of God with all things in subjection under his feet (Eph. 1:19-23; Col. 1:13-18; cf. 1 Peter 3:22). New covenant blessings have been inaugurated […]

The Worship Loop

The Worship Loop

I once heard a conference speaker suggest that 85% of pastors think that church exists to “train disciples to evangelize”, while 85% of the congregation thinks that church exists to “meet my needs”. (Can you say: “cross-purposes”?) When it comes to the weekly worship service at the average church, I believe a similar dynamic is often […]

Are you Pentecostal or (p)entecostal?

Are you Pentecostal or (p)entecostal?

Dr. Allan Anderson writes, “Pentecostalism is above all else a missionary movement— this premise enables us to understand the primary motivation for its global expansion throughout the twentieth century. Global Pentecostalism began as a restorationist or revitalization movement among radical evangelicals who were expecting a worldwide, Holy Spirit revival before the imminent coming of Christ… […]

Reviews

3 things Jesus Would Have Probably Recognized In the Movie Noah.

3 things Jesus Would Have Probably Recognized In the Movie Noah.

I truly enjoyed the movie Noah by Darren Aronofsky. In light of some of the controversy or frustration regarding the movie I wanted to quickly share three things that I think Jesus would have probably recognized.   Jesus probably would have recognized references to the early Jewish writings. Many important ancient second temple Jewish writings […]

A Biblical, Theological, & Practical Response: Why I think Ken Wilson is wrong (part 2)

A Biblical, Theological, & Practical Response: Why I think Ken Wilson is wrong (part 2)

Last week I published my first review of Ken Wilson’s A Letter to My Congregation (ALTMC). I wanted to start the review by offering my initial thoughts and a few observations that I appreciated about Ken’s book, along with a few of the issues I found/find most problematic. It’s a tricky thing writing a series of […]

<em>A Little Exercise for Young Theologians</em> –  by  Helmut Thielike

A Little Exercise for Young Theologians – by Helmut Thielike

I just finished zipping through Helmut Thielicke’s (pronounced tea-LICK-eee) great little book entitled, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians. I hadn’t even heard of this book until I read a quote from it in another book last week. The title (and the idea behind it) intrigued me, and I bought the Kindle version the same […]

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Practical Theology

The greatest evidence of salvation…

The greatest evidence of salvation…

Ask John Wesley – “What do you think the pre-regenerated person is like,” and he will answer in his sermon entitled “Original Sin” by saying (among other things)… And having no knowledge, we can have no love of God: We cannot love him we know not. Most men talk indeed of loving God, and perhaps […]

The Molt on the Cross

The Molt on the Cross

It’s Good Friday… and Sunday is coming. I’ve long somewhat “struggled” with Good Friday because I’ve observed that many of our services tend to imply that we should pretend that the Resurrection hasn’t happened. And I get it. We’re trying to make much of the cross of Christ. After all, St. Paul indicated that all […]

How To Treat Sinners the “Jesus Way”

How To Treat Sinners the “Jesus Way”

This morning I listened to the dramatized ESV (Mat. 16-28) as part of a “Gospel Experiment” group I’m involved in. The text in Mat. 18 where Jesus is instructing us on how to approach a brother who has sinned against us really stood out to me when I heard it afresh today. Jesus said… Go […]

General

Easter Sunday Gospel Reflection – Mat. 28:1-10

Easter Sunday Gospel Reflection – Mat. 28:1-10

The entire biblical text and the reading below are meant to be read aloud in the company of friends and fellow believers, followed by discussion, confession, and prayer. Sunday Lectionary Gospel Reading: Mat. 28:1-10 ————- Mary, Mary, Go and Tell! The Scene They certainly weren’t thinking of it as Easter Sunday. But it was! It was the […]

Sunday Gospel Reflection – Matthew 21:1-11

Sunday Gospel Reflection – Matthew 21:1-11

The entire biblical text and the reading below are meant to be read aloud in the company of friends and fellow believers, followed by discussion, confession, and prayer. Sunday Lectionary Gospel Reading: Mat. 21:1-11 ————- “Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, […]

Sunday Gospel Reflection – John 11:1-45

Sunday Gospel Reflection – John 11:1-45

The entire biblical text and the reading below are meant to be read aloud in the company of friends and fellow believers, followed by discussion, confession, and prayer. Sunday Lectionary Gospel Reading: John 11:1-45 ————- When you already know the end of the story… I was on the phone earlier this week with my pastor, and I […]