• 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 […]

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  • The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

    The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

    …alternatively titled – “Why we should all spend way more time reading the Bible aloud with lots of other people around, and relatively less time reading it alone and silently.” It can seem like an oxymoron to refer to the Bible as a collection of “Oral Texts.” How can written texts be oral? Such an […]

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  • 10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

    10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

    The art of trolling has long been perfected by a select group of people who reside on the Internet. It happens in just about every circle of Internet interaction, but I’m especially keen to recognizing when trolling happens of the theological variety. In fact, I’ve developed a way for you to be able to discern whether someone […]

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  • Signs of “The End” in Mark 13? No.

    Signs of “The End” in Mark 13? No.

    Mark 13 is often called the “Little Apocalypse” and in many English translations it is given the title “Signs of the End Times.” But there are good reasons to doubt the claim that Mark 13 contains “Signs of the End Times.” The chapter begins with Jesus’ disciples marveling at the grandeur of the temple and […]

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  • Ten questions (and answers) about the Nativity

    Ten questions (and answers) about the Nativity

    My twelve-year-old son has the honor of being one of the “kings” in the church Christmas pageant this year.  I had the exact same role at the exact same age when I was a child attending the Lutheran church with my Aunt Joann. That was the year I learned the lyrics to “We Three Kings” […]

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  • A Vineyard Approach to Ferguson, Garner, & Racial Tension

    A Vineyard Approach to Ferguson, Garner, & Racial Tension

    As a Vineyard pastor in a Vineyard church who spends time with people who self-identify with the Vineyard movement, I often think on subjects through a “kingdom” lens. This is because our identity, both theologically and practically, are rooted in a commitment to the proclamation and demonstration of the kingdom of God. As people of […]

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  • A Few of My Thoughts on Ferguson:

    A Few of My Thoughts on Ferguson:

    I don’t usually say much (at least publicly/on social media) at the epicenter of these events, although there is usually plenty to say. I’ve had a half dozen or so serious conversations recently, mostly with a few of my white brothers, regarding the latest no-indictment decision and the reactions from the black community. These were […]

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Biblical Studies

The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

…alternatively titled – “Why we should all spend way more time reading the Bible aloud with lots of other people around, and relatively less time reading it alone and silently.” It can seem like an oxymoron to refer to the Bible as a collection of “Oral Texts.” How can written texts be oral? Such an […]

Ten questions (and answers) about the Nativity

Ten questions (and answers) about the Nativity

My twelve-year-old son has the honor of being one of the “kings” in the church Christmas pageant this year.  I had the exact same role at the exact same age when I was a child attending the Lutheran church with my Aunt Joann. That was the year I learned the lyrics to “We Three Kings” […]

The Complete Neglect of the Role of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Interpretation (Part 10 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

The Complete Neglect of the Role of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Interpretation (Part 10 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

10.  Recapture a rigorous commitment to the critical role of the Holy Spirit in exegesis and hermeneutics. As I stated in last week’s post, I spent 10 years in Seminary having Grammatico-Historical exegesis pounded into my head as the only legitimate way to interpret scripture. Not once in that ten year period do I ever […]

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Quotables

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. — C.S. Lewis

Theological Studies

Signs of “The End” in Mark 13? No.

Signs of “The End” in Mark 13? No.

Mark 13 is often called the “Little Apocalypse” and in many English translations it is given the title “Signs of the End Times.” But there are good reasons to doubt the claim that Mark 13 contains “Signs of the End Times.” The chapter begins with Jesus’ disciples marveling at the grandeur of the temple and […]

So… What is the Gospel?

So… What is the Gospel?

“Jesus died for your sins, and that’s good news!” So ended the form-letter that my friend wrote, emailed to me, and asked me to read (and edit) for him. My friend wrote the letter so that he could cut and paste the names of various family members and friends onto the top of it as a […]

Soteriology: Smooth & Easy or a Deep Struggle?

Soteriology: Smooth & Easy or a Deep Struggle?

Soteriology, the theological category related to “salvation,” is one that theologians still dispute over. Actually, pastors and lots of other Christians debate about it too. In addition to the ordo salutis (order of salvation) and nature of salvation (Calvinism vs. Arminianism), many of the discussions I have are related to a shift that has happened […]

Reviews

Hope for Miscarriage (a review)

Hope for Miscarriage (a review)

Shortly after my wife and I were married we were expecting our first child… which we quickly learned was actually two children, twins! The excitement of expecting children was pretty incredible and almost impossible to explain. Sadly, we lost that first pregnancy and our twins to a miscarriage. Nothing has been more difficult for us in the […]

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 […]

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Practical Theology

“Trickle Down Theonomics”

“Trickle Down Theonomics”

As a pastor, I find it t’s easy to pour through theological books and articles during the week. 

A Righteousness that Transforms

A Righteousness that Transforms

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  (ESV) Got satisfaction? No, I mean deep down in your soul! When its quiet and no one is there, and you’re left alone with nothing but your thoughts. Do you have a contentment – a peace that surpasses understanding? […]

10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

The art of trolling has long been perfected by a select group of people who reside on the Internet. It happens in just about every circle of Internet interaction, but I’m especially keen to recognizing when trolling happens of the theological variety. In fact, I’ve developed a way for you to be able to discern whether someone […]

General

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 […]

Should pastors endorse candidates from the pulpit?

Should pastors endorse candidates from the pulpit?

It’s the day before a mid-term election, so we can’t let the day go by without some theological, biblical, and practical reflection on Christian engagement in the political process. I wasn’t in church yesterday, but even if I had been, I’m sure our congregation would not have participated in the so-called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” happening […]

Remembering My Dad and the Spirit of Adoption

Remembering My Dad and the Spirit of Adoption

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15  (NIV) This will be a very personal post with some important reflection on the biblical idea that God himself […]