• How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

    How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

    As we’ve entered into the fall, our attendance at Trinity Christian Fellowship has been growing and we’re seeing new and old faces, together. It’s beautiful to see Jesus’ community gathered to experience the Spirit’s presence/empowerment. This past week, as I stood facing the congregation, several new people caught my eye and I found myself briefly […]

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  • Biblical Studies Needs Theology…

    Biblical Studies Needs Theology…

    I recently was told by someone that they didn’t need theology because they just needed the Bible. N. T. Wright responds in The New Testament and the People of God as follows: “Biblical studies needs theology, because only with theological tools can historical exegesis get at what the characters in the history were thinking, planning, aiming […]

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  • Missional Five – Part Five: Gospel

    Missional Five – Part Five: Gospel

    There are two traps that await the overwhelming majority of Christians: A church full of the already-convinced, preaching a message designed for seekers who aren’t there. (Joe Aldrich once called this “having a message but no audience” in Lifestyle Evangelism.) An “outside the four walls” ministry in our communities that does a lot of great serving, but […]

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  • So You Want to be a Scholar? Here’s What They Won’t Tell You…

    So You Want to be a Scholar? Here’s What They Won’t Tell You…

    So you want to be a scholar? You likely already are aware of the fact that you are going to be reading a lot and writing heavily footnoted academic papers while engaging in discussions about methodology while analyzing and assessing arguments. You’ve probably weighed the challenges to actually getting a job after you’ve finished graduate school and […]

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  • The Missional Five – Part Four: Serving

    The Missional Five – Part Four: Serving

    In previous posts in this “Missional Five” series, I have suggested that: “Being” is not superior to “doing”, or vice versa. Doing the works of the Kingdom (being missional) should be part of the natural fruit of being in the Kingdom. Living with a missional purpose is meant to impact all areas of our lives, […]

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  • On Trading Our “Discernment” Birthright for a Bowl of Stew…

    On Trading Our “Discernment” Birthright for a Bowl of Stew…

    The story of Jacob and Esau is well known (Gen. 25-27). Esau, the eldest son of Isaac, sold his birthright to Jacob, his younger brother, for a bowl of stew. It was a catastrophic failure on Esau’s part, as we read in Scripture that God hated Esau (Mal. 1:2-3) and he was unholy for such […]

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Biblical Studies

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

  #1. The Bible is not a diet book, a dating manual, nor a set of bullets in a PowerPoint brief “from the Lord.” The quote above (taken from our introduction to this 10-part series on how not to read the Bible) is intended as illustrative of what I like to call the “manual” or […]

10 Things We Must Do Differently to Read Scripture as God’s Authoritative Revelation for Humanity

10 Things We Must Do Differently to Read Scripture as God’s Authoritative Revelation for Humanity

Earlier this year, in April, I presented a Paper (with the same title as above) at the Society of Vineyard Scholars conference in Columbus, OH. as part of a panel discussion on Hermeneutics. Specifically,the topic was The Authority of God in Scripture. Because the session was intentionally heavily weighted toward the Q&A/Discussion/Interaction, I was limited […]

Biblical Studies Needs Theology…

Biblical Studies Needs Theology…

I recently was told by someone that they didn’t need theology because they just needed the Bible. N. T. Wright responds in The New Testament and the People of God as follows: “Biblical studies needs theology, because only with theological tools can historical exegesis get at what the characters in the history were thinking, planning, aiming […]

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Theological Studies

Is nature in conflict with scripture? – Some reflections on the Gungor drama.

Is nature in conflict with scripture? – Some reflections on the Gungor drama.

Well, last week was a typical week in a world where Christian celebrity, social media, and theological convictions collide. A well-known Christian musician voiced his evolving theological conclusions, convictions, and even doubts about things like a real first-couple named Adam and Eve, a six-day creation (which he was taught happened 6,000 years ago), and a version of […]

I Think the Word “Church” Should be Abandoned.

I Think the Word “Church” Should be Abandoned.

I attend a church. I am also a member of that church. In fact, I serve that church as a pastor. I often invite people to visit that church or to visit our church’s website. As you can tell, the church is a big part of my life. I love the church and spend a […]

Karl Barth Recognized Churchianity as Opposed to Community

Karl Barth Recognized Churchianity as Opposed to Community

Karl Barth writes: “When theology confronts the Word of God and its witnesses, its place is very concretely in the community, not somewhere in empty space. The word “community,” rather than “Church,” is used advisedly, for from a theological point of view it is best to avoid the word “Church” as much as possible, if […]

Reviews

Keeping Jesus in Seminary

Keeping Jesus in Seminary

Any seminary graduate (or attendee) worth his salt has been warned about the “danger” of attending the cemetery. We are told that if we attend theological education, we’ll lose our passion for Jesus and will embrace ideas that undercut the foundations of the Christian faith. Therefore, the argument goes, avoid that place like it is […]

Ken Wilson on Pauline Theology (part 5)

Ken Wilson on Pauline Theology (part 5)

In this post, I want to review and interact with Ken Wilson’s work in ALTMC on the Apostle Paul. In addition to several posts covering Ken’s introductory work (here, here, and here), I’ve posted my thoughts on his use of the Old Testament. Now I want to start looking at his work on the NT, specifically related […]

<em>A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89)</em>, by Allen P. Ross

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89), by Allen P. Ross

Of the Psalms, John Calvin said that “the varied and resplendid riches which are contained in this treasury it is no easy matter to express in words.” Martin Luther stated that the Psalms are a “Little Bible, wherein everything contained in the entire Bible is beautifully and briefly comprehended.” Deitrich Bonhoeffer said that “the more […]

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Practical Theology

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

  #1. The Bible is not a diet book, a dating manual, nor a set of bullets in a PowerPoint brief “from the Lord.” The quote above (taken from our introduction to this 10-part series on how not to read the Bible) is intended as illustrative of what I like to call the “manual” or […]

How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

As we’ve entered into the fall, our attendance at Trinity Christian Fellowship has been growing and we’re seeing new and old faces, together. It’s beautiful to see Jesus’ community gathered to experience the Spirit’s presence/empowerment. This past week, as I stood facing the congregation, several new people caught my eye and I found myself briefly […]

A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (1 of 6)

A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (1 of 6)

Per our mission of fostering theological conversation, ThinkTheology.org is hosting a conversation between Bill Hoard and our very own Luke Geraty in regards to homosexuality and the Church. This is going to be a six part series where Bill will offer a perspective and Luke will respond. If you have any questions or comments, feel […]

General

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

  #1. The Bible is not a diet book, a dating manual, nor a set of bullets in a PowerPoint brief “from the Lord.” The quote above (taken from our introduction to this 10-part series on how not to read the Bible) is intended as illustrative of what I like to call the “manual” or […]

“A God to call Father” – A Father’s Day Reflection

“A God to call Father” – A Father’s Day Reflection

Have you ever heard someone refer to God as “The Man Upstairs,” or perhaps more piously, “The Lord?” Certainly, the Bible is full of titles and descriptions of God, which are appropriate to use when we refer to Him. But there is one sense in which God reveals himself which truly shows the depth of […]

Interview with Kevin Scott…

Interview with Kevin Scott…

A few months ago I posted a review of Kevin Scott’s absolutely fantastic book ReCreatable (review here). Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and I want to again encourage you to pick up his book! It’s excellent. ************************************ Luke: Kevin, thanks for taking the time to answer some of our questions! If you wouldn’t mind, […]