• The Acts of… The Word of God

    The Acts of… The Word of God

    When I first became a Christian, my King James Bible had as the title for the book of Acts, “The Acts of the Apostles.” Soon after this, I found myself in the Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions and learned that it should hr-hr-rEEeeally be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” In some early Greek manuscripts and […]

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  • The Playground of Heavenly Reality: Pneumatological Sacramentalism

    The Playground of Heavenly Reality: Pneumatological Sacramentalism

    My early Christian experience was largely in church traditions that were about as far from any form of sacramentalism that one could get. Our family attended churches within the Evangelical and Charismatic movements, none of which ever used the word “sacrament.” Rather, the churches had two ordinances: Baptism and Communion. I was simply unaware that […]

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  • The Meat is in the Streets

    The Meat is in the Streets

    Growing up in the Vineyard Movement, I have these phrases and expressions etched into my mind. To be honest, these expressions are so second nature to me that I didn’t know that they were uniquely Vineyard. I have had to explain some of them to non-Vineyard people. But what struck me was that some within […]

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  • #SVS2015: Organic Church Forms within the Vineyard

    #SVS2015: Organic Church Forms within the Vineyard

    At this year’s Society of Vineyard Scholars annual meeting, focused on “Thinking with the Church, Thinking with the Vineyard,” features a panel featuring three of our ThinkTheology.org contributors: Brad Blocksom, Kenny Burchard, and Luke Geraty. Here are the papers we’re presenting: Brad Blocksom – Organic vs. Institutional Models: Can There Be A Happy Medium? Kenny Burchard […]

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  • Holy Spirit as Sacrament

    Holy Spirit as Sacrament

    He said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22) He commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised… in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” […]

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  • Yes, Everyone Gets to Play. No, Everyone Doesn’t Get to Lead

    Yes, Everyone Gets to Play. No, Everyone Doesn’t Get to Lead

    An often quoted Wimberism in the Vineyard movement is that “everyone gets to play” (I’ve written about this here). We often encourage our church family to remember that there aren’t any “superheroes” in the kingdom of God and that all of God’s people should participate in areas of ministry. This is a natural outworking of […]

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Biblical Studies

The Acts of… The Word of God

The Acts of… The Word of God

When I first became a Christian, my King James Bible had as the title for the book of Acts, “The Acts of the Apostles.” Soon after this, I found myself in the Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions and learned that it should hr-hr-rEEeeally be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” In some early Greek manuscripts and […]

Does Greg Boyd’s “Shadow” Hermeneutic Amount to a New Marcionism?

Does Greg Boyd’s “Shadow” Hermeneutic Amount to a New Marcionism?

I recently posted this same content on the Society of Vineyard Scholars forum and thought it was worth sharing here too. The following link (provided for reference) is more associated with Peter Enns’ hermeneutical approach, but I wanted to focus here in this post on a similar approach by Greg Boyd. For Boyd, Col. 2:17 […]

Two Words I’d Like to See Deleted from the Bible

Two Words I’d Like to See Deleted from the Bible

Well this ought to get me in some trouble! So I’ll just jump right in: the two words I’d like to see removed from the Bible are gospel and church! I know, these words are so deeply rooted in our tradition with deep and significant theological meaning. But unfortunately they don’t mean the same thing […]

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Theological Studies

6 Reasons Why Anger That Leads To Violence Is An Indelible Nuance In a Legitimate Biblical Theory of Atonement.

6 Reasons Why Anger That Leads To Violence Is An Indelible Nuance In a Legitimate Biblical Theory of Atonement.

Because anger that leads to violence is not always the product of evil. Psalm 7:11, Matthew 25:31-46 Because anger that leads to violence is not always unrighteous. Ephesians 4:26-27, Psalm 78:65-66 Because anger that leads to violence is something Jesus experienced from the Father. Romans 3:25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 2:17 Because anger that leads to violence […]

Mountainside: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 3 of 5

Mountainside: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 3 of 5

I’m a singer songwriter. There was a period in my life when I wrote a lot of songs. I also rewrote a lot of old Hymns. Now that I am a full time Pastor and father of 3 I don’t write much anymore. In this series I will be sharing with you some of the […]

The God Who Saves: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 2 of 5

The God Who Saves: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 2 of 5

I’m a singer songwriter. There was a period in my life when I wrote a lot of songs. I also rewrote a lot of old Hymns. Now that I am a full time Pastor and father of 3 I don’t write much anymore. In this series I will be sharing with you some of the […]

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

Growth and Provision: Send Me

Growth and Provision: Send Me

Luke 13:19  It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”  (ESV) Jesus answers His own question on “What is the kingdom of God like?” It only takes one […]

Pray without Ceasing

Pray without Ceasing

I Thessalonians 4:12-22 12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, […]

Fallen Leaders: What are the Underlying Causes and Who’s to Blame?

Fallen Leaders: What are the Underlying Causes and Who’s to Blame?

Brad Blocksom: Early this year ThinkTheology put out a call to our readers asking what topics they would like to see covered in 2015. One of the suggestions we received was to examine the topic of fallen leaders. So I thought I’d take a shot at this difficult topic and invite some of the other […]

General

Finally! A Church Experience You Can Make It Through!

Finally! A Church Experience You Can Make It Through!

Among our church board the topic of Church attendance has been a big discussion lately. We have read every book on the subject. Though books like Purpose Driven Church, Becoming a Contagious Christian, and Sticky Church all have their good points we have found that none of them really deal with what we feel to […]

Five Reasons Why We Chose Public School

Five Reasons Why We Chose Public School

When my wife and I began sending our children to public school it was a tough decision. Several prominent Christian leaders and friends promoted homeschool as if it went hand in hand with the Gospel. But Abbe and I decided that the gospel wasn’t really that important. I wanted to take a moment and share […]

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, […]