It Makes Plain Sense! Or So I was Taught…

It makes plain sense… or so I was taught.  When I was a youth and even in my undergrad program I was taught a phrase to guide solid biblical interpretation: “If the plain sense makes sense, seek no other sense.”  What this advocates is to take the bible at the surface level of its meaning.  [Read More...]

All Out War: Investigating Spiritual Warfare, Part 4 (How Does God Deal W/ the Powers?)

How does God deal with evil powers? Let’s look at 2 biblical Images, connected to our passage in Ephesians 6, that I think will give us some insight into our questions. 1. Yahweh (God’s proper name) as the Divine Warrior In Ephesians 6 we read about “the armor of God.”  Paul seems to have drawn [Read More...]

All Out War: Investigating Spiritual Warfare, part 3 (your reactions to this topic and the powers)

Over the past week it has been interesting to see the kind of reactions folks have to discussing “spiritual warfare.”  There are three broad responses besides the “right ons!” and the “way to be academic and true to the spiritual realm!” type. 1) Abused post-Pentecostals who hear spiritual warfare and think “demon-under-every-bush.” I want to [Read More...]

Questioning the "Two Bucket" Approach to Scripture (Guest Post: Dr. Ron Martoia)

Today, I am honored to have a bit of a ‘hero’ on the blog.  Dr. Ron Martoia has made a lasting impact on my spiritual journey.  The same comment has been said by pastors throughout the world who appreciate his work in calling the church to her mission (ultimately, God’s mission) in the 21st century.  [Read More...]


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