If you’re looking for some new arrangements to add to your playlist for Christmas, these may fit the bill… God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen O Come, O Come Emmanuel Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Silent Night
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Answers to Prayer
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, chances are pretty good that you’ve run across the idea that God answers our prayers in one of three ways: “Yes”, “No”, and “Not yet…” This can be very encouraging when it seems like God is silent, because it gives us reason to hope thatContinue reading “Answers to Prayer”
The Essence of Prayer
How should we pray? What should we pray about? How do we know if God hears us when we pray?
No Strings Attached…
I’m happy to announce that you can now read Testing the Trinity on-line, without investing anything but your time. It traces the origins of this enigmatic doctrine as it attempts to distill a coherent view of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” that actually aligns with Scripture, because more often than not, the historic doctrine ofContinue reading “No Strings Attached…”
Predestination (Part 4) – Transformation, not Destination
In Part 3 of this series on predestination, I challenged you to do a little homework and search for the word “predestination” using your favorite Bible app. If you did this, you discovered that the word “predestination” isn’t actually in the Bible! What the Bible does talk about, however, are people and events being “predestined”Continue reading “Predestination (Part 4) – Transformation, not Destination”
What is a Christian?
It has been said that “the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand, but deep enough for you to spend the rest of your life studying it.” I’m not certain where I first heard this notion, but I would argue that the same principle applies to answering the question, “What is a Christian?”Continue reading “What is a Christian?”
Predestination (Part 3) – Who Decides?
In Part 2 of this series, we considered the question of whether anyone is capable—prior to God supernaturally changing the disposition of their heart—of heeding the Holy Spirit’s call to repent and to receive Christ. The two predominant schools of thought are Calvinism and Arminianism, and while both camps would agree that sin’s pervasive impactContinue reading “Predestination (Part 3) – Who Decides?”
Predestination (Part 2) – Are We Able?
Read Part 1 – Overview There is a wealth of information available on the topic of predestination, and so rather than try to re-hash everything as part of this series, I would encourage you to do your own investigation into the perspectives on this contentious doctrine. That way, as we grapple with the thorny issuesContinue reading “Predestination (Part 2) – Are We Able?”
Predestination (Part 1)
When you consider the vast array of Christian denominations that have come into existence over the past 400 years, one thing becomes clear: just about any issue can be perceived as sufficient justification for creating yet another faction within the Church. Every doctrine is a potential source of discord, and rather than clinging to theContinue reading “Predestination (Part 1)”
My body, my choice?
“My body, my choice.” There. I said it. Who would’ve thought that as the epitome of everything that’s supposedly wrong in 21st century America (I’m white, male, middle class, conservative, Christian, “Pro Life”…need I go on?) that this “deplorable” would suddenly embrace the mantra of the “Pro Choice” movement? In fact, there are many “ProContinue reading “My body, my choice?”