Category Archives: Theology

Lord’s Supper Talk – 2 Ordinances

As Christians, we serve, honor, worship and give our allegiance to God, one God in three persons. We acknowledge that Christ, sent by the Father through the Spirit, is the culmination of God’s plan of redemption and the sole means … Continue reading

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More Creeds Needed

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If you have any kind of background in the Restoration Movement, this title will be truly shocking to you, but finish the post before making decisions. Who knows? You might think we need more creeds, too! There have been a … Continue reading

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Brueggemann’s OT Theology

As I have neared the end of my graduate program, my particular interests have begun to take shape, and this has provided me with a little more specific direction for my future studies. My interests are probably still broad and … Continue reading

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Doctrinal Basis for Fellowship

My last post on fellowship was pretty straightforward, and it provided some basic principles that I think would be fairly universally accepted among believers. From this high view, it would seem like this fellowship thing is a piece of cake. … Continue reading

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Fellowship in the Bible

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The Bible clearly emphasizes the need for unity and fellowship among the people of God. Several passages address this need and provide a basis for fellowship. On one level, fellowship is simple and straightforward. What binds Christians together is their … Continue reading

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Self-Focused or God-Focused?

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In a previous post, I introduced Tom Long’s metaphors for preaching: herald, pastor, story-teller and witness. If you recall, the pastoral image of preaching focuses on the individual, their current situation, and the gospel’s ability to address their problems. I … Continue reading

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Is All of Life Worship?

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This is a hotly debated topic, and people on both sides of the argument seem pretty passionate about their beliefs. I’ve been thinking about this subject, and I’d like to throw in my two cents. There are some pretty big … Continue reading

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What is Freedom?

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One of the best ways to describe freedom is to consider what it is not. Freedom is not tyranny or oppression. It is not slavery, a picture of the powerful ruling over the helpless. Freedom does not persuade others with … Continue reading

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Personal Relationship with God

I was listening to a podcast where Stanley Hauerwas was being interviewed, and he made a statement that caught my attention. This is par for the course with Hauerwas, who often uses language to shock his audience in order to … Continue reading

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Faith as Initiation

In Cruciformity, Michael J. Gorman, examines the role of the cross in Paul’s writings. I found his remarks on Paul’s expression of faith to be helpful. There are two aspects of faith that should be understand as two halves of … Continue reading

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He is Risen Indeed!

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The early Christians swapped a greeting that indicated the foundational nature of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. One individual would say: Christ is risen! The other individual would respond: He is risen indeed! This greeting affirmed their belief … Continue reading

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The Narrative of the Cross

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It’s been a few weeks since I posted. It usually gets busy this time of semester. While I’ve not posted, I have been engaged in various studies, so I’m hoping to get some of my thoughts down in various posts … Continue reading

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Natural Revelation

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For the last week, I have been in Phoenix, Arizona for training for work. It was my first trip to Arizona, and it was simply beautiful. The weather was great and the landscape was a sight to behold. On Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Romans/Galatians Class

My spring semester, consisting of a single class on Romans/Galatians, started last week, so let the busyness resume. I love taking classes and have directed, intentional study on God’s word, but it can be demanding at times. This class will … Continue reading

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What is Theology?

What is theology? Is it good, bad or indifferent? I think it is important to consider what this word means, and its implications for Christian living.  This word is particularly appropriate for this blog to consider since a form of … Continue reading

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