• Lukan Christology – The Virgin Birth

    Lukan Christology – The Virgin Birth

    My hope is that this post will be the first of many focusing on Lukan Christology. Speaking of “Christology” To begin with an aside, I wish we could come up with another primary word for the theological understandings of Jesus besides Christology. I think that word belongs under a larger category heading like… “Jesus-Ology” or… (as above) […]

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  • Roots Go Deep

    Roots Go Deep

    Some call it “roots”. Others refer to a “spiritual heritage”. Still others have suggested (less charitably) that it’s a “resumé stain“. (Ouch… was that really necessary?) Whatever you wish to call it, I have history with Vineyard Canada. And this past weekend, I revisited some of those roots. It’s been just under two decades since I […]

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  • Is it really being soft on the gospel to not use the word “sin”?

    Is it really being soft on the gospel to not use the word “sin”?

    If you pay attention to certain theological circles, you’ll have heard someone say something like this: “Preachers who do not use the word “sin” in their sermons are watering down the gospel. If you aren’t willing to name sin, than you are deceiving people and offering a people-pleasing message.” There is certainly reason to worry […]

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  • Dastardly Pastors

    Dastardly Pastors

    Y’all remember this archetypical villain, right? Snidely Whiplash, twirling his handlebar moustache and cackling maniacally as he planned deviously devilish plots that would make even The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns faint due to their pure and unadulterated evil. Strangely enough, you may have noticed in recent years that it’s become popular to portray Pastors & Theologians […]

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  • House Churches and History

    House Churches and History

    I’m not sure that house/organic/simple churches are the complete answer for reviving or “greening” the American Church. Historically, I can think of several movements in which small groups or house churches played a very positive role. For example, while the early Church met in people’s houses (see 1 Cor 1:11, Col 4:15, and Philemon 1:2), […]

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  • Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 2)

    Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 2)

    I’m not saying “It’s hard to keep the Christian rules…” The hard part about being a Christian is not something like, “Now that we’re Christians there are lots of rules and laws that we are supposed to keep.” Most religions are full of rules, and many people have a self-imposed set of rights and wrongs […]

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Biblical, theological, & practical reflections from the trenches.

Biblical Studies

Radical Biblicism is Actually a Bad Thing (Part 4 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

Radical Biblicism is Actually a Bad Thing (Part 4 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

#4. Radical Biblicism is actually a bad thing! Before you burn me at the stake as a heretic, let me just make clear what I did not say. I did not say that a great reverence for or a high view of scripture is a bad thing. I did not say that believing the Bible […]

Is it really being soft on the gospel to not use the word “sin”?

Is it really being soft on the gospel to not use the word “sin”?

If you pay attention to certain theological circles, you’ll have heard someone say something like this: “Preachers who do not use the word “sin” in their sermons are watering down the gospel. If you aren’t willing to name sin, than you are deceiving people and offering a people-pleasing message.” There is certainly reason to worry […]

Reading The Bible as Story (Part 3 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

Reading The Bible as Story (Part 3 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

#3  The Bible is story. This includes both individual stories in the varying “books” of the Bible, as well as an underlying story of God’s plan for redemption of creation (a.k.a. redemptive history). To tell the truth, I kinda already talked about this a lot in last week’s post on reading The Bible as Literature. […]

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Theological Studies

Lukan Christology – The Virgin Birth

Lukan Christology – The Virgin Birth

My hope is that this post will be the first of many focusing on Lukan Christology. Speaking of “Christology” To begin with an aside, I wish we could come up with another primary word for the theological understandings of Jesus besides Christology. I think that word belongs under a larger category heading like… “Jesus-Ology” or… (as above) […]

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 […]

Reviews

Citizens of the Kingdom: Mount Up!

Citizens of the Kingdom: Mount Up!

In 1989, David Bebbington wrote of four qualities that defined Evangelicalism and one of them was “activism.” Evangelicals were, according to Bebbington, committed to expressing the gospel through their efforts in society. Unfortunately, Evangelicalism has received (earned?) a reputation of not doing much beyond talking about the gospel. Those who want to revitalize evangelical identity certainly need to […]

Reviewing a book on Mentoring Women

Reviewing a book on Mentoring Women

This review, to be honest, is a bit awkward feeling. How can a man review a book on women mentoring women? On one hand, I have a great mother, five sisters, three daughters, and a fantastic wife who is involved in mentoring women. On the other hand, I’m a dude. Nothing I write will change […]

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 […]

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Practical Theology

Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 3).

Yes. It’s hard to be a Christian (pt. 3).

This will be my final flow of thought in this series of entries entitled “It’s hard to be a Christian.”  To begin with… It’s just plain hard to be HUMAN – Christian or not! Specifically, life is hard for everyone – whether you are a Christian or not.  And it does not stop being hard […]

Roots Go Deep

Roots Go Deep

Some call it “roots”. Others refer to a “spiritual heritage”. Still others have suggested (less charitably) that it’s a “resumé stain“. (Ouch… was that really necessary?) Whatever you wish to call it, I have history with Vineyard Canada. And this past weekend, I revisited some of those roots. It’s been just under two decades since I […]

A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (2 of 6)

A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (2 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 a six part series where Bill will offer a perspective and Luke will respond (see the first exchange). If you have any questions or comments, […]

General

“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, […]

A Broken Wall – A Poem on Ecclesiastes 10:8b

A Broken Wall – A Poem on Ecclesiastes 10:8b

This post will go on record as my first attempt to share some original poetry inspired by my own reflections on some texts that mean a lot to me. Here’s my first, entitled – “A Broken Wall.” Enjoy ——————- A Broken Wall by Kenny Burchard Ecclesiastes 10:8b “…whoever breaks through a wall, will be bitten by […]