September 17, 2018

The Gospel requires embodied truth. A doctrine, no matter how true, does not go far enough. The Scriptures are quite clear on this matter, even the passage in which we find a key text for the doctrine of biblical inspiration. 2 Timothy 3:16 reads, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (ESV). I was taught and teach that this text refers to the verbal plenary inspiration of the… Read more

September 13, 2018

By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. Morehead*                                                                                                                                                 … Read more

September 9, 2018

The Great Commission necessitates honest confession, including doubts. Recently I read through Matthew’s Gospel for my devotions. I have often been struck by the emphasis on “God with us” in Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew 1:23 and Matthew 28:20 bookend the gospel with their emphasis on God with us at Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:23) and Jesus being with us always—to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20): “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”… Read more

September 7, 2018

I am honored to interview Dr. Marty Folsom, author of the trilogy, Face to Face. You can find out more about Dr. Folsom here at his website. I was struck by two statements on his site: “Welcome to the world of Relational Theology – the life of God for the life of humanity and the world. Joy comes when lived in connection with God, neighbor, and self. I am a visionary and strategist for living life to the full in… Read more

September 3, 2018

Last Saturday, I attended the wedding of a young couple who are friends of mine. They were surrounded by family and friends, including their church family. The love and joy they expressed for God and one another were contagious. Yesterday at church, a young man shared a testimony about his summer overseas mission trip. His love and joy for God and those he saw come to Christ were also contagious. Thank God these young people are starting out well. I… Read more

August 30, 2018

By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. Morehead: President Trump warned evangelical leaders at the White House this week that their joint work will be overturned “quickly and violently” if the GOP loses the mid-term elections. Such language likely struck fear into the hearts of many of the President’s most ardent evangelical supporters. How often is fear the dominant response of evangelicals in our culture today rather than love? We readily acknowledge the prominent place fear occupies in our country… Read more

August 25, 2018

By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. Morehead                                                    Earlier this month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement informing its membership and the rest of the world about a name change. According to Russell M. Nelson, their President and Prophet, as well as an official church style guide, the first reference… Read more

August 23, 2018

Rabbi Motti Wilhelm of the Chabad Lubavitch of Oregon spoke of his profound appreciation for the value placed on the freedom of religion in the United States. I interviewed Rabbi Wilhelm today for my world religions class. You could feel the emotion behind his admiration for our nation’s heritage of religious freedom. His respect for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was contagious as we recounted how striking such freedom is when compared to the oppression the Jewish community… Read more

August 19, 2018

Many of us recall Donald Trump, Jr’s analogy comparing Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles sprinkled with a few poisonous ones that “would kill you”. The point of the analogy was to keep Syrian refugees from immigrating to the U.S. I prefer Forrest Gump’s analogy: life is like a box of chocolates. Forrest even sought to share his chocolates with others. Of course, life comes with big risks, but many of those risks come with pleasant surprises, including the… Read more

August 16, 2018

A pastor friend of mine drew my attention to The Rolling Stones’ song “Saint of Me” and played it for me. Here’s the official promo video. Pastor Mark Nicklas of Beaverton Foursquare Church said the song is both disturbing and refreshing. It’s disturbing because, at least in the song, Mick Jagger appears to have turned his back on the possibility of taking up the cross and following Jesus. It’s refreshing because he’s honest about the struggle of pursuing Jesus and… Read more

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