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”

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?”

A Mighty Fortress “for” Our (Triune) God

Part 5 of the video series, “Understanding the Trinity,” is now available on YouTube. It picks up where Part 4 left off, as it seeks to unravel the reasons why this doctrine persists as the arbiter of Christian orthodoxy…in spite of the vast number of Scriptures that appear to (and in fact, do) invalidate it.Continue reading “A Mighty Fortress “for” Our (Triune) God”

Caution: FRAGILE! Handle with Care…

Part 4 of the video series, “Understanding the Trinity,” is now available on YouTube. It explores just how well this extra-Biblical doctrine stacks up against actual Scripture… This may sound like an odd and/or pointless exercise, since most Christians tacitly assume that the Bible is the de facto source of this enigmatic doctrine, but asContinue reading “Caution: FRAGILE! Handle with Care…”

Where does the Trinity really come from?

Part 3 of the video series, “Understanding the Trinity,” is now available on YouTube. It provides a brief overview of the Trinity’s connection to the philosophy of Aristotle, whose theory of “substances” heavily influenced the early church and eventually found its way into official doctrine via the doctrine of the Trinity. Granted, the Trinity certainlyContinue reading “Where does the Trinity really come from?”