Category: Christian Life

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

Reading the Bible as a Manual or Handbook (Part 1 of 10 ways we must read the Bible differently)

September 30, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

  #1. The Bible is not a diet book, a dating manual, nor a set of bullets in a PowerPoint brief “from the Lord.” The quote above (taken from our introduction to this 10-part series on how not to read the Bible) is intended as illustrative of what I like to call the “manual” or […]

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How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

How’s Your Church’s “On Ramp”?

September 26, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

As we’ve entered into the fall, our attendance at Trinity Christian Fellowship has been growing and we’re seeing new and old faces, together. It’s beautiful to see Jesus’ community gathered to experience the Spirit’s presence/empowerment. This past week, as I stood facing the congregation, several new people caught my eye and I found myself briefly […]

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A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (1 of 6)

A Conversation on Homosexuality & the Church (1 of 6)

September 24, 2014 | By | 4 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 going to be a six part series where Bill will offer a perspective and Luke will respond. If you have any questions or comments, feel […]

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What Ever Happened to the Covenant Memorial Meal?

What Ever Happened to the Covenant Memorial Meal?

September 17, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

While the idea of men walking between the two halves of a sacrificial animal as a means of ratifying a covenant may seem strange to our modern mindset, this is exactly what is being pictured when Yahweh “cut” a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15:18. Covenants in the world of the Old Testament were often […]

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Do Soup Kitchens Denigrate the Poor (and create a wall between “us” and “them”)?

Do Soup Kitchens Denigrate the Poor (and create a wall between “us” and “them”)?

September 10, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

I recently read a comment in a long thread that I found to be pretty insightful, which asserts exactly that. Jim Wright makes a pretty good case for the idea that the way we typically help the poor (while well intentioned and does meet a real, felt, and very practical need) none-the-less ends up creating […]

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On Trading Our “Discernment” Birthright for a Bowl of Stew…

On Trading Our “Discernment” Birthright for a Bowl of Stew…

September 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The story of Jacob and Esau is well known (Gen. 25-27). Esau, the eldest son of Isaac, sold his birthright to Jacob, his younger brother, for a bowl of stew. It was a catastrophic failure on Esau’s part, as we read in Scripture that God hated Esau (Mal. 1:2-3) and he was unholy for such […]

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A Pastoral Illustration of “Centered-Set” Ethics

A Pastoral Illustration of “Centered-Set” Ethics

September 3, 2014 | By | 13 Comments

A few years ago I was the worship leader and an associate pastor in a large church. There was a new guy in the church who was an excellent guitar player, and who was looking for a way to both connect to people and re-connect in his relationship with Jesus. I started hanging out with him, […]

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Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

September 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The early chapters of Luke’s Gospel are saturated with narratives about families, pregnancies, husbands, wives, children, the religious community of faith, devotion, dedication to God’s house, and the formation of two incredible people; John the Baptizer, and Jesus, the Messiah. These two men grew up in the homes of parents who took their spiritual formation […]

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When Revival Tarries I Ask Why

When Revival Tarries I Ask Why

August 24, 2014 | By | 8 Comments

After what felt like a ton of reading for a class I took on the history of both the Evangelical and Pentecostal movements, I walked away with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for both of these traditions. I think Bebbington’s quadrilateral is still a helpful way to start discussing Evangelicalism and I will forever be […]

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

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

August 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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Church for the Sake of the Disabled & Marginalized.

Church for the Sake of the Disabled & Marginalized.

August 5, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

My youngest sister has Down syndrome. Since her birth I have had many chances to reflect on disabilities, as well as consider how the church can better serve marginalized people. This has led to deeper thinking toward gender, ethnicity, and the general way in which ecclesiology is executed. My growing conviction is that we in […]

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There Has Got To Be A Better Metric Than Butts In Seats!

There Has Got To Be A Better Metric Than Butts In Seats!

August 5, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Let’s face it, for the most part, we use two metrics to measure our “effectiveness” in ministry: 1) Butts in Seats (what Pastor hasn’t been asked that dreaded question: “So, how many ya’ runnin’ on a Sunday?”); and 2) Decisions (conversions, commitments, professions of faith, accepting Jesus as your personal Lord & Savior – call […]

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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 | 1 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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