• Mis-Diagnosis: Certainty

    Mis-Diagnosis: Certainty

    There is a logical fallacy known as the False Cause, which LogicalFallacies defines as: “Presuming that a real or perceived relationship between things means that one is the cause of the other. “Many people confuse correlation (things happen near each other) for causation (one thing caused the other).” It is becoming quite popular today, if […]

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  • Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

    Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

    In 2008 Oxford University Press published John A. D’Elia‘s A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America, which serves as both biography and interpretation. The book contains valuable insights into Ladd’s childhood, training, and life, and also includes the author’s editorial thoughts and interpretation (or application!). For this new series, ThinkTheology will be writing collaboratively […]

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  • Come to the Table: Experiencing God’s Presence in Communion

    Come to the Table: Experiencing God’s Presence in Communion

    For the past few months I’ve been working on writing a booklet for Vineyard USA, edited by my good buddy Ramon Mayo, on the Lord’s Supper. As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate for the regular celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In fact, the inspiration for this booklet came when first wrote about […]

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  • The Best Intro to Kingdom Theology…

    The Best Intro to Kingdom Theology…

    If I had to summarize all of the preaching of Jesus and all of the preaching of Paul, I’d suggest that they had one message with many applications: the kingdom of God. Jesus proclaimed the kingdom (Matt. 4:17, 23; 9:35; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 8:1; Acts 1:3, etc.) and Paul proclaimed the kingdom (Acts 14:22; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, […]

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Biblical, theological, & practical reflections from the trenches.

Biblical Studies

The New Scribes: A Kingdom Hermeneutic

The New Scribes: A Kingdom Hermeneutic

Matthew 13:52 (ESV)  “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” – Jesus So I was reading this passage during my devotions last month and it got me thinking – could […]

Exchanging the Apologetic with the Prophetic: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Postmodern Hermeneutics

Exchanging the Apologetic with the Prophetic: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Postmodern Hermeneutics

Postmodernism is thought to be as both the villain and the savior for the contemporary church, depending on who is asked. To some, postmodernity is the greatest threat to the Christian Church since Nero, and to others, it is a breath of fresh air that promises the demise of hard-lined fundamentalism that has plagued evangelicalism […]

Seven tips for surviving first-semester Biblical Greek

Seven tips for surviving first-semester Biblical Greek

Having taught Elementary Greek to about 30 different groups of students, and of course having learned it myself before that, I have a few tips and pointers to share. For most of them, there’s a story! Here goes: Tip #1: Don’t depend on your teacher or your textbook: Everything depends on you! If you are […]

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Quotables

Take a saint, and put him into any condition, and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord. — Walter Cradock

Theological Studies

John Wesley and the Supernatural

John Wesley and the Supernatural

John Wesley is considered one of the greatest figures in the history of Western Christianity. In fact, Methodists, Wesleyans, Nazarenes, Pentecostals, and all Holiness movements  lay claim to Wesley as their “founder”, or as the “grandfather” of their movement. This considered, Wesley has influenced the worldwide church more than he could have ever imagined! Since […]

Hey can I borrow the keys to the Church?

Hey can I borrow the keys to the Church?

Do you remember the first time your mom or dad handed you the car keys? I was 16. I remember the heavy feeling of freedom and responsibility churning in my stomach as I started my mom’s little blue Ford Ranger. The car couldn’t start soon enough and new chapter in my life had roared to […]

Simon Chan on Worship…

Simon Chan on Worship…

Simon Chan, one of my favorite theologians, writes: “Because worship is the defining practice of the church, it “provides the primary source for the nourishment of the Christian spiritual life.” Over time worship will have a deep and abiding effect on the practitioners. In worship we are doing something. We are reenacting the Christian Story, […]

Reviews

A Review of Four Ed Cyzewski Books You *Need* to Own

A Review of Four Ed Cyzewski Books You *Need* to Own

Last year I was at Society of Vineyard Scholars’ annual conference and had lunch with a really cool dude with a beard. He informed me that he had started attending the Central Vineyard in Columbus, OH and was a writer. As an aspiring author, I was immediately interested in hearing more about his experience as […]

Let Worship & Justice Kiss – David Ruis (review)

Let Worship & Justice Kiss – David Ruis (review)

David Ruis and I go way back. From that very first conference where he snuck up behind me at the coffee kiosk and scared the liver out of me, I have enjoyed the multi-dimensional “swirl” (to use David’s favourite word) that comes with the Schlavenator. I have always enjoyed David’s music, and for six years, […]

Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

In 2008 Oxford University Press published John A. D’Elia‘s A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America, which serves as both biography and interpretation. The book contains valuable insights into Ladd’s childhood, training, and life, and also includes the author’s editorial thoughts and interpretation (or application!). For this new series, ThinkTheology will be writing collaboratively […]

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Practical Theology

A Radical Sending

A Radical Sending

Mark 6:12-13  So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.  (ESV) Jesus sends out the twelve in pairs giving them His (not their own, inherent) authority to perform the works of the kingdom (v. 7). Repentance […]

What is Fundamentalism?

What is Fundamentalism?

So my son is ten right now. I am going to be coaching his little league baseball team. That means i will be teaching a lot of little kids the fundamentals of baseball. I always tell my son “practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”. As he begins his journey through different sports […]

Fear, Faith and Authority

Fear, Faith and Authority

Mark 5:17  And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.  (ESV) A strange reaction to this exorcism! People fear the supernatural, even if the result is good. People don’t want someone coming in and upsetting the status quo – even when that norm is a crazed demoniac who breaks free from chains […]

General

A Song For Martin Luther King Day

A Song For Martin Luther King Day

Here is one of my favorite old hymns. Written by an ex slave trader John Newton. I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His face. ‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray, And He, I trust, […]

ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

This past year has been exciting for ThinkTheology.org and our merry band of contributors. We’ve had several of our posts go “vial” and our readership has grown by literally thousands of people. We’re thankful that many have found our posts helpful or thought-provoking. While there’s no doubt that some of our blogging is done with a sense of […]

ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

Okay friends, here they are! The top-ten most read posts on ThinkTheology.org for 2014 in reverse order… #10 – Getting Left Behind? — According to Matthew & Luke, it’s preferred to being taken! – By Kenny Burchard Written to challenge some of the conventional understandings of “rapture” eschatology, and the misuse of texts in Matthew and Luke to […]