• 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

    The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

    A verse from a confessional reading in the Moravian Hymnal reads: Oh yes, having found in the Lord our delight, He is our chief object by day and by night; This knits us together, no longer we roam, We all have one Father, and heaven is our home. [1] Echoing this widely held Christian belief […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Back to Church – An Ecclesial Journey, Pt. 3

    Back to Church – An Ecclesial Journey, Pt. 3

    This is part three in an emerging series. If you’re just starting here, you’re not up to speed. Context is everything, so I hope you’ll go back and read part one and part two first.  If you have your homework done, feel free to read on… Also, this is a transitional post, so I’ll be spending […]

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  • Agree to Disagree.  “Disputable Matters” in Romans 14.

    Agree to Disagree. “Disputable Matters” in Romans 14.

    My favorite scene from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Ron: “Mmm. San Diego. Drink it in. It always goes down smooth. Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diago, which of course in German means a whale’s vagina.” Veronica: “No, there’s no way that’s correct.” Ron: “I’m sorry, I was trying […]

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  • Creating Missional Community

    Creating Missional Community

    So, you want to become more intentionally missional. You’ve heard the stories of amazing missional endeavors, and the incredible fruit they’ve seen. You want to be more intentionally incarnational. You’ve read books, watched videos online, scrolled through websites and tweets, and you get it. You’re ready. You’re pumped/jazzed/motivated. But like any leader, you want your […]

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  • So You Want to Preach Like the Apostles…

    So You Want to Preach Like the Apostles…

    Recently I had a conversation with a young and newly minted pastor who was asking me some questions about preaching. We spent some time talking about different homiletic principles and I recall that one of the last things that she said was, “I want to preach like the apostles.” Despite the fact that some of […]

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Biblical, theological, & practical reflections from the trenches.

Biblical Studies

The distance between the biblical text and theology (updated)

The distance between the biblical text and theology (updated)

I’ll never forget my first semester of biblical theology in seminary. My professor asked us all for a concise definition of theology. Answers rang out from around the room. “The study of God and God’s truth” – “Sound doctrine” – “The harmonization of what we believe” and “biblical teaching” were some of the big ideas […]

The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

A verse from a confessional reading in the Moravian Hymnal reads: Oh yes, having found in the Lord our delight, He is our chief object by day and by night; This knits us together, no longer we roam, We all have one Father, and heaven is our home. [1] Echoing this widely held Christian belief […]

Raptured in Flaming Fire: An Exegesis of 2 Thessalonians 1

Raptured in Flaming Fire: An Exegesis of 2 Thessalonians 1

Once upon a time there was a little boy and his sister who went shopping with their mom. When they arrived at one of the stores, the mother said she was going to run into the store and be back in a few minutes. Being eight years old, the boy wasn’t worried about being alone, […]

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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

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 […]

<em>Praying in God’s Theater</em>, by Joel L. Watts

Praying in God’s Theater, by Joel L. Watts

Throughout the year I often find myself asking questions about personal “soul care” and this usually turns into questions about my time spent reading Scripture and praying. I used to always feel like I was the worst follower of Jesus in the universe because I really struggled to pray according to the models I had inherited from previous experiences […]

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Practical Theology

A Better Metric (for measuring success in the local church)

A Better Metric (for measuring success in the local church)

So last time we talked about the idea that “Butts in Seats” and “Decisions for Christ” may not be the best way to measure the success of the local church. And I proposed that we should focus not on church growth, but rather on discipleship as a way of determining the degree to which a […]

Giving and Tithing in “Simple” Churches

Giving and Tithing in “Simple” Churches

I’ve been doing a series of posts on my own ecclesial journey recently, and I think this one fits within that series as a sub-post geared toward answering a frequently-asked question among believers who are in simple churches. “Simple Church” is terminology that is used in a variety of ways, but for the purposes of […]

Back to Church – An Ecclesial Journey, Pt. 3

Back to Church – An Ecclesial Journey, Pt. 3

This is part three in an emerging series. If you’re just starting here, you’re not up to speed. Context is everything, so I hope you’ll go back and read part one and part two first.  If you have your homework done, feel free to read on… Also, this is a transitional post, so I’ll be spending […]

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 […]