Can A Christian Support “Physician-Assisted Suicide?”

Can A Christian Support “Physician-Assisted Suicide?” If you expect me to take a definite stand for or against Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) you will be disappointed. This blog is a place where I often reflect about difficult and controversial issues; I don’t always take a stand about them. One of my goals as a Christian theologian and educators is to help people think through doctrinal and ethical issues critically and reflectively but not always to a definite conclusion. I have … [Read more...]

Leaving Behind “Left Behind”

Leaving Behind “Left Behind” I haven’t seen the new movie starring Nicholas Cage and don’t intend to, so this is not a movie review. Instead, I intend to respond to the whole phenomenon of what I call “rapture fever” that has gripped segments of American society for the past fifty years.I grew up in a home and church that fervently believed in the “rapture”—the premillennial, pre-tribulational, departure of God’s true people from the earth by Christ to be with him in Paradise dur … [Read more...]

Is A “Carnal Christian” Saved? (Part Three)

Is A “Carnal Christian” Saved? (Part Three) Part Two of this three part series asked why this question is important and answered that. Now I would like to turn to attempting to answer the question. Any attempt to answer this is bound to annoy and even distress some people. There are no simple, straightforward answers in this much controverted subject.In order to help readers understand what I am talking about (and what I’m not talking about), I will offer here an illustration. So … [Read more...]

Is A “Carnal Christian” Saved? (Part Two)

Is A “Carnal Christian” Saved? (Part Two) I ended Part One of this series by asking why the question and finding an answer to it matters. Here I will attempt to answer that.It matters because Scripture speaks to it. The problem is that Scripture speaks to it ambiguously. Scripture is not always as clear as we would like it to be—even on very important matters. There can be no question that Scripture urges God’s people, those who profess faith in Yahweh and in Jesus Christ, to be … [Read more...]

Is A “Carnal Christian” Saved? (Part One)

Is A “Carnal Christian” Saved? (Part One) Answering this question requires a lot of meta-explanation—about the questions and its terms. Some who read this blog will not be interested in the question; it’s a question of interest almost exclusively to evangelical Christians who believe in regeneration—being “born again”—and sanctification—becoming a “holy person” (not necessarily perfect). (And here I am using “evangelical” in a very broad sense that is not limited to any one tradition … [Read more...]

“Big Tent” Versus “Small Tent” Evangelicalism

Something that grieves me very much is the gradual disintegration of the evangelical movement in America. And I know where I assign the blame--on what I call "small tent evangelicals" who practice tribalism and totalizing with regard to who is and who is not recognized as "authentically evangelical."I don't remember very many things from elementary/primary school which was a very long time ago. But one thing that stuck with me over the years is a little poem. I don't remember the author and … [Read more...]

The Word Made Fresh: An Evangelical Statement from 2001

This November two events will honor the life and theology of Stanley J. Grenz who died unexpectedly at age 55 in 2005. Stan was like a brother to me and I still miss him. The two events will be symposia at the Evangelical Theological Society and at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. I will be presenting a paper at the latter event which will be in San Diego. (Like all events at AAR annual meetings it is open only to persons registered for the annual meeting.) Stan and I, … [Read more...]