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The Six Spaces We Interpret The Bible In.

The Six Spaces We Interpret The Bible In.

The Bible is not a Chilton’s auto repair manual  (because we are not machines) if it were we would have far fewer differences among scholars concerning interpretation. The Bible is a heavily nuanced collection of inspired text. Because it is not a mere instruction...
What is and isn’t a Church?

What is and isn’t a Church?

What makes the local visible church distinct, recognizable or different from say a para-church institution? In other words what are the marks of the local church? What is and isn’t a church? The Belgic Confession says (Article 29) “The true church can be...
On Integrating Doctrine and Life

On Integrating Doctrine and Life

Integrating theology and praxis, doctrine and life, seems difficult for many people. Michael Horton says, “… when it comes to God, people often imagine that it is possible to have a personal relationship with God apart from theology.” Let’s discuss this issue…

The Worship Loop

The Worship Loop

I once heard a conference speaker suggest that 85% of pastors think that church exists to “train disciples to evangelize”, while 85% of the congregation thinks that church exists to “meet my needs”. (Can you say: “cross-purposes”?)...
#VineyardGlobalFamily Recap (Day 1)

#VineyardGlobalFamily Recap (Day 1)

Eleanor Mumford. Just… Eleanor Mumford. The first day of the #VineyardGlobalFamily conference was epic. In addition to seeing a ton of some of my favorite people in the world, I got to finally meet a ton of people that I’ve only known via Facebook or...
Family Reunion

Family Reunion

  I love my family. I love that the second I’m with them, I can be myself. I don’t have to impress them, or put on some kind of personality facade. They’ll love me for who I am, and I won’t have to act a certain way. I can just be me....
Tips for reading Parables

Tips for reading Parables

“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and...
An Interview w/ Dr. Mark Cartledge

An Interview w/ Dr. Mark Cartledge

Pick up a copy of Mark’s new book The Mediation of the Spirit today! From the publisher: “How might a distinctively Pentecostal and charismatic theological perspective inform and enrich the discourse of academic practical theology? In order to address that...