Call It What You Want

Call It What You Want

Is it important to pay attention to the words we use in Christian thought and practice? Yes, but maybe less important that the definition of terms.


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Have We Turned Love Into God?

Have We Turned Love Into God?

God is love, as the Scriptures declare. But should we treat this like a mathematical corollary? In other words, is it also true that love is God? It’s a difficult question, but the answer could be the difference between teaching a true or false gospel.

Social Justice and the Church

Social Justice and the Church

All too many Christians in the Western church make a simple but dangerous mistake when they believe that social justice is the same as benevolence. It’s not.

Is Tolerance Biblical?

The concept of tolerance has been front and center in cultural conversation for at least twenty years, but few have stopped to ask, is tolerance biblical? What does the Bible have to say about tolerance, and where does the world get it right and wrong?

Is the Bible the Literal Word of God?

Increasingly not only the world but Christians too are questioning whether the Bible is the literal Word of God. However, a denial of certain key literal truths causes a cascading failure of the gospel. Before we chalk it all up to metaphor, we must make sure we know the consequences.

The Appeal to Intent: An Antidote

Too often pastors and teachers hide from their biblical responsibilities behind a rhetorical device called the appeal to intent. This article explores the appeal to intent argument and proposes a philosophical approach based upon biblical teaching. Running into the appeal to intent? Now we have an antidote.

The Hell You Say Doesn’t Exist

Does hell exist? Increasingly pastors, preachers, and teachers are answering ‘no’ to this question. But what do Jesus and the Bible teach us about hell? In this article we examine the Scriptures to find the truth about hell.

Who is Church For?

Who is Church For? All too often we treat the church like an evangelism tool, but the church was not created for the world but for the believer.

Judge My Relationship by the Way I Pray

Have you heard the idea that “listening to a person pray gives you insight into their relationship with God?” Now at first blush this seems a reasonable idea. But does it hold up under logical and scriptural scrutiny?

The Call to be Hated

A brief analysis of the recent United Methodist decision to uphold the sanctity of marriage and its membership’s response to this decision.

Experience Makes Me Closer to God

All too often churches today claim that experiencing the presence of God is a barometer for the health of our relationship with God, and there appears to be some common sense evidence that this is true. However…

Earning an Answer

Do you believe your actions relate directly to a “yes” or “no” from God? One question I have struggled with is, “If I had just behaved better, this good thing would have happened or this bad thing wouldn’t have happened.”

How Should Christians Judge?

So how many times have you disagreed with someone’s words or action and voiced your thoughts to that person, only to have Matthew 7:1 – “Judge not lest you be judged” thrown in your face? Let’s take a look at judging more closely.

Why Apologetics?

Why does it matter you might ask, this apologetics? I believe in the Bible, I believe in Jesus, I believe in the Trinity, I believe in the creation account, I believe in free will, I believe in predestination, I believe in the nature of law, I believe in [fill in the blank].

The Shack: A Review

While it is an interesting read and very touching in sections, I have to say I would not recommend this to anyone curious about who or what God is, what the Trinity is, or someone who has serious theological questions.

Chosen with a Purpose

Since the completion of our First Chapter of John Course, I frequently find myself returning to John 1:1-2. I must confess that rhetoric has always been very interesting to me (sometimes to the annoyance of my wife), and I find the wording in John 1:1-2 particularly interesting.

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