August 5, 2022

Threats to the Gospel As a student of the Patristics, I know the theological debates and controversies surrounding the Trinity and the person of Christ. Theological novelties surrounding these core Christian doctrines abounded as many new Christians sought to infuse their gnostic influences – sometimes forcibly – into the Gospel. The injection of such foreign ideas threatened Gospel fidelity and required thoughtful confrontation. I wouldn’t say I like the thought of having to confront people. However, conflict is sometimes necessary... Read more

August 1, 2022

American Politics and Christianity Christian Nationalism is not a novelty of the last 6 years. Evangelicalism witnessed a thrust onto the political scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s with the rise of the religious right. Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority campaign helped cement the idea that evangelicals were too long on the sideline. According to the religious right, the nation was on a collision course to destruction. Affirmative action seemed a threat because it was the gateway to socialism... Read more

July 25, 2022

The Imago Dei and Humanity’s Purpose The first chapters of Genesis offer clues through key terms for how humanity should function. The Imago Dei presents a unique perceptive of our royal and servant status. Surprisingly, all humans bear the crown of royalty with the responsibility of ruling and subduing the earth according to God’s purposes. The first three chapters of the book of Genesis help us identify our relationship with God, each other, and creation. What distinctive role(s) did the... Read more

July 20, 2022

Do You Remember? The writer of Psalm 111 intends to evoke a response of praise and thanksgiving through the rhythm and cadence of the Hebrew language by shining the light on God’s redemptive works. Psalm 111 is a Psalm to remember! If you are of a certain age, you may remember the song, “Father Abraham” as a youngster, or you may have sung it to your children or a kids group at church. It is very catchy but also somewhat of an earworm... Read more

July 14, 2022

What in the World is Going On? The New Creation seems impossibly elusive. Go to any news outlet these days, and you will find yourself bombarded with a seemingly unending stream of stories that spotlight the worst of human existence on earth. Mass shootings, growing economic concerns, a war in Ukraine and an unending pandemic occupy our minds. Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, I’ve experienced my share of bad news. One of the most shocking news stories from... Read more


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