Category: Christian Life

Beware of Religion

Beware of Religion

April 21, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Luke 12:1b  he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  (ESV) If I don’t tick off some religious people (11:45) perhaps I’m not being as much like Jesus as I should be!?! Following Jesus is an issue of the heart (11:41). Religious legalism leads to […]

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A Partial Preterist Readiness

A Partial Preterist Readiness

April 7, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Mark 13:37  And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”  (ESV) Much of what is said in the Olivet Discourse here in Mark seems to be speaking directly to the disciples (v. 5), to their immediate future in spreading the good news about Jesus (v. 9-13), and events centered around Judea […]

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What is Fundamentalism?

What is Fundamentalism?

March 18, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

So my son is ten right now. I am going to be coaching his little league baseball team. That means i will be teaching a lot of little kids the fundamentals of baseball. I always tell my son “practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”. As he begins his journey through different sports […]

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Fear, Faith and Authority

Fear, Faith and Authority

March 9, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Mark 5:17  And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.  (ESV) A strange reaction to this exorcism! People fear the supernatural, even if the result is good. People don’t want someone coming in and upsetting the status quo – even when that norm is a crazed demoniac who breaks free from chains […]

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An Opportunity for Reformed Spirituality: Why Albert Mohler Concerns Me

An Opportunity for Reformed Spirituality: Why Albert Mohler Concerns Me

March 6, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Christian spirituality hasn’t always been a topic of interest for me. Despite the breadth of spiritual depth found in historic Puritanism, my exposure to Reformed theology focused mostly upon doctrine and, sadly, overlooked a tremendous amount of excellent resources from the Reformed tradition. I think this is somewhat related to how the Reformed tradition’s founding father’s […]

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Some Myths of Spiritual Formation

Some Myths of Spiritual Formation

March 3, 2015 | By | 4 Comments

I actually came across this in a review of the book Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered in JETS (the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society). I haven’t actually read the book, but the review by Abraham Kuruvilla of Dallas Theological Seminary (how ’bout that, I’m quoting a Dispensationalist) made enough of an impression […]

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A Gentle Kind of People

A Gentle Kind of People

February 24, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Matthew 12:20-21  a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” (ESV) Matthew provides this quotation from Isaiah as an apologetic/explanation of Jesus healing of many who followed Him (v. 15). He is portrayed as […]

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Why Jesus doesn’t want you to love your neighbor as yourself…

Why Jesus doesn’t want you to love your neighbor as yourself…

February 23, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

I can’t take any credit at all for the big idea that I want to share in this short post. In fact, I am shocked that I have lived with the Bible for so many years and had never really seen this as clearly as I was helped to see it (by the teaching pastor, and […]

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The Missional Model vs. The Attractional Model for Church

The Missional Model vs. The Attractional Model for Church

February 17, 2015 | By | 4 Comments

Bear with me for a minute: A guy (or gal) has a heart/gifting for evangelism. So what does he do? Does he become an evangelist? No she becomes the Pastor of a Church and endeavors to create an organization centered around her goal of soul-winning. She turns every church gathering into an evangelistic crusade (what […]

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The Kingdom Turns The World Upside Down

The Kingdom Turns The World Upside Down

January 20, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Matthew 11:25  “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;  (ESV) The Kingdom of God turns everything on its head. The wisest of religious leaders reject the Messiah and His kingdom, so Jesus’ followers end up being […]

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Our Eternal Purpose

Our Eternal Purpose

January 13, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Ephesians 3:11  According to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,  (BAB*) The purpose of God, brought about (epoiesen) in Christ is to proclaim the good news of Christ (v.8) to all (v. 9) nations. This is accomplished through the church (assembly), v. 10. That’s right, us! We who gather week […]

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Three common misunderstandings of human depravity.

Three common misunderstandings of human depravity.

January 12, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) As a pastor I hear a lot of discussion about what’s wrong with this or that. I also hear many solutions being confidently made political and otherwise in light of these discussions. But one of the things that […]

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“The Bible says…” or does it?

“The Bible says…” or does it?

December 30, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

In this post I’d like to address that ever so popular, yet misused, over-used, and abused phrase: “The Bible says ________.” Because we hold to a high view of scripture within Evangelicalism, anytime that we want to lend credence or authority or just grab someone’s attention we simply precede any statement with “The Bible says…” […]

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The Language of Bad Leadership: 3 Phrases to Avoid

The Language of Bad Leadership: 3 Phrases to Avoid

December 30, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

A few years ago I attended a meeting being led by two people who served in a leadership role within our church. There were about ten of us sitting around a table and I thought our meeting was going to be focused on strategic planning and a chance for us all to kind of “catch up.” Boy was […]

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A Righteousness that Transforms

A Righteousness that Transforms

December 23, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

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? […]

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Building The Temple

Building The Temple

November 28, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Zech. 6:13 It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”  (ESV) I can’t help but go straight to the Christological […]

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An Open Letter to the Dad doing Porn

An Open Letter to the Dad doing Porn

November 3, 2014 | By

Dear Dad, I want to let you know first of all that I love you and forgive you for what this has done in my life. I also wanted to let you know exactly what your porn use has done to my life. You may think that this effects only you, or even your and […]

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Church members and self-mutilation

Church members and self-mutilation

November 2, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

I was at church one day when the Smith family (names are changed) approached me asking me to pray for them. Their daughter Vanessa had started cutting on herself. They were distraught, worried, and had no idea what to do. They could not understand how their daughter who was a leader at both school and […]

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

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

October 23, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

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 […]

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

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

October 15, 2014 | By | 39 Comments

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, […]

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