Category: Christian Life

Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines Over The Years: Fasting

Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines Over The Years: Fasting

July 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome to week 5: Fasting – the final installment in our series on Spiritual Disciplines. Years ago, I used to like to do the three-day, juice only fast, every once in a while. But now I have developed a more regular discipline of fasting? I’ll just be honest: I fast once a week, every Tuesday, to be specific. I […]

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Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer

Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer

June 25, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Have you ever run into someone in the hallway after church – you get to chatting and they share with you something they’re struggling with (job stress, an illness, a teenager gone wild), so you give them a hug and the old standard christianese: “I’ll be prayin’ for ya’ brother!” Then you see them the next […]

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Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines: Bible Reading (Part 2)

Some Things I’ve Learned About Spiritual Disciplines: Bible Reading (Part 2)

June 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

So yeah, one post was definitely not enough for me to say everything that I would want about Bible Reading in a series on Spiritual Disciplines. Today I’d like to talk about Reading Plans and I’ll tackle that age old question “What version of the Bible should I read?” (but with a twist – if you’re thinking translations… […]

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Some Things I’ve Learned About Spritual Disciplines Over the Years: “Dialing Down”

Some Things I’ve Learned About Spritual Disciplines Over the Years: “Dialing Down”

June 10, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Welcome to week 2 in our series on Spiritual Disciplines! As promised, I wanted to talk, in this installment, about something that Pastor Mike Turrigiano likes to call “Dialing Down.” To tell you the truth, I’m pretty sure that this is just a re-packaging of the “Centering Prayer” from Ignatian spirituality, which seems to be pretty […]

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On How I’ve Changed My View(s) on Women in Ministry, AKA, “Farewell Luke Geraty”

On How I’ve Changed My View(s) on Women in Ministry, AKA, “Farewell Luke Geraty”

June 4, 2014 | By | 29 Comments

I guess blogging is as good a place to be introspective and anecdotal as anywhere else, right? I’ve decidedly chosen to “think out loud” here at ThinkTheology.org for a number of years now, so this isn’t really all that new. I’ve written in the past about why I think the “gospel-centered” movements should abandon complementarianism as […]

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Some Things I’ve learned About Spiritual Disciplines Over The Years: Bible Reading (Part 1)

Some Things I’ve learned About Spiritual Disciplines Over The Years: Bible Reading (Part 1)

June 2, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

There is a tendency for us to treat devotional Bible Reading (when we’re asking God to speak to us personally through His word) and Bible Study (when we’re looking to gain a better, more cerebral understanding) as if these are completely separate and distinct activities, and I just think that’s a mistake. Why would we […]

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

June 2, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.” 1. Cor. 10:31 Did you know that the Bible mentions eating 462 times? It also mentions the word food 291 times. The Bible has a lot to say about food and eating. I find it interesting that God mentions food and drink to […]

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When “apostasy” can be a good thing…

When “apostasy” can be a good thing…

May 31, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Okay, this is going to be a rather unrefined post that fits under the category of “thinking out loud as the thoughts emerge,” but I want to do it anyway (read the second and third sentences here). Stay with me. A bit of background – Two Case-Studies Case-Study #1: In the summer of 2001, one of my […]

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The Cross: A Call to Radical Obedience

The Cross: A Call to Radical Obedience

May 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Remember, Jesus had not yet been crucified when He used these word-pictures, and He had not told His disciples about the manner of His own death at this point. He had not said to them, “I’ll be dying on a cross.” So it does not necessarily make sense to interpret these words as… “…so you should […]

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What’re They Reading? – Trevin Wax

What’re They Reading? – Trevin Wax

May 2, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors, speakers, pastors, and scholars are reading? What influences them? Which books do they re-read? Well, I hope to provide some insight here. What’re They Reading? will make you privy to what’s being read by those you admire. I corresponded with Trevin Wax, an author, prolific blogger and managing […]

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The Pardonable Sin

The Pardonable Sin

April 30, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

When I’m bored, I drink. When I’m tired, I drink. When I’m sad, I drink. When I’m happy, I drink. When I get together with my friends, I drink. Many of you reading this might think I’m an alcoholic and need to get some help. It would be best if I were to be intentional […]

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Finding my Identity in Retweets (or, I’m an Idiot)

Finding my Identity in Retweets (or, I’m an Idiot)

April 14, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Am I a hypocrite if I dislike social media, yet use Twitter to promote my writing?  It sure feels like it… Part of me wants to rid myself of social media – to leave it all behind. I hate what it often does to my soul. If the heart is an idol factory, then social […]

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Some Advice for the Young, Aspiring Theologian

Some Advice for the Young, Aspiring Theologian

April 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

I’m hoping to begin my PhD in Religious Studies through the University of Cape Town in early 2015; as such, I’ve been thinking more about my formative years in seminary. The following are several exhortations for the young, aspiring theologian: 1. Read Helmut Thielicke’s A Little Exercise for Young Theologians and Kelly Kapic’s A Little […]

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John Wimber on Continuing Jesus’ Ministry…

John Wimber on Continuing Jesus’ Ministry…

March 21, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

John Wimber writes, “In the Vineyard, we place a priority on being empowered by the Holy Spirit. But the Spirit empowers for a purpose-not just an experience. We seek the active presence of the Spirit to continue Jesus’ ministry. At times we almost lose the purpose; at times we seem to lose the power. From […]

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Discipleship Gone Wrong: 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

Discipleship Gone Wrong: 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

March 21, 2014 | By | 21 Comments

What is a disciple? Some people say that a disciple is someone who is “following Jesus together as their Master and Teacher so that they may become just like Jesus.” Years ago, Walter Henrichsen said that Disciples are Made Not Born. Jesus himself said that the job of the Church was to make disciples, so Henrichsen’s statement still […]

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How to be a Good Friend…

How to be a Good Friend…

March 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The church I serve is blessed to have a wonderful lady named Sara White in our community. She put together a great list of eleven characteristics of a good friend that I thought I’d share with you! Here is her list: Loyal – stick by me in any circumstance. Honest – won’t lie to me, […]

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Battling Loneliness is Evidence of the Holy Spirit!

Battling Loneliness is Evidence of the Holy Spirit!

December 18, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

Awhile back I did a series called “Peace in the Valley.” I took texts that addressed doubt, failure, disappointment, and loneliness in order to provide some “pastoral care” through the messages to people who I may not have a chance to meet with one-on-one. One of the messages was on loneliness and covered some verses […]

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Your Sermons Don’t Feed Me!

Your Sermons Don’t Feed Me!

December 3, 2013 | By | 9 Comments

Systematic Theology. Exegesis. Church History. Contextualization. Liturgy. Pneumatology. Hebrew and Greek. Pastoral counseling. These are all subjects that most pastors are either familiar with or have taken seminary courses on. Transitioning from seminary to pastoral ministry is pretty crazy. You go from writing huge papers on how postmodernism challenges the epistemological assumptions of one’s praxis […]

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Do You Worship Your Convictions?

Do You Worship Your Convictions?

November 30, 2013 | By | 10 Comments

The Bible talks a lot about worshipping idols and false gods, especially in the Old Testament. We often think of worshipping things such as money, material possessions, and fame. But, have you ever considered that just maybe there are times when we focus on our personal convictions so much that we actually worship them? Please […]

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Finding Biblical Grounds to Stay Married

Finding Biblical Grounds to Stay Married

November 15, 2013 | By | 16 Comments

Two weeks ago I met with an emerging leader in our church to discuss his coaching process for ordination in our denomination. As we worked through the practical implications of our denominational credal statement, we came to item number 19 which reads… “19 – We believe in divorce only on New Testament Scriptural grounds” My […]

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Six Reasons People Leave Churches

Six Reasons People Leave Churches

October 11, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Below is an audio recording for our church called “Six Reasons People Leave The Oasis Church.”  Sure, it was originally written for our congregation, but listen and see how much of it is applicable to your own church.  I hope it encourages you.

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