Theology Category

The Self-Centred Gospel of Glennon Doyle Melton

The book of Jude is one of the most interesting in the New Testament. This short epistle opens up by Jude explaining that he is going to address an ugly, controversial issue (false teachers in the church) because he feels like he has to, though he would much rather write about the great gift of salvation in […]

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What is God Like?

It’s one of the most important questions in the universe: What is God like? Getting the answer to this question right matters if we care about truth, life, humanity, and happiness. The following is some of what God is like, with support from the Bible, and a few practical implications of each point. I’m sure a […]

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How Are Christians “More Than Conquerors”?

It’s a phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit by Christians, usually in the midst of a rah-rah speech meant to build up believers and help them gain some God-given confidence. It might sound something like, Don’t let the negatives in life get you down! You can choose to be bitter or you can choose to […]

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Why It’s Stupid to Pit Paul Against Jesus

The debates among scholars are endless. One of the more prominent debates over the last few decades has been over whether the apostle Paul understood the Christian faith the same way Jesus did. It is suggested by some that the content of Paul’s epistles show that he formed a different picture of what Jesus came […]

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What Will Heaven Be Like? (Considered From a Different Angle)

The question What will heaven be like? can be answered a number of ways. We could discuss what the physical place might be like from the Bible’s selective portraits, such as golden streets and a city where God and redeemed people reside together. We could talk about what doesn’t exist in heaven, such as death or mourning or pain. We […]

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10 Weapons in the Devil’s Arsenal

The Christian life is a fight, and it is one not against people but against the forces of darkness in our world. Our enemy is vicious but also sneaky, in that he doesn’t always attack us in ways that are obvious. When some people think of the devil showing up, they picture spinning heads and […]

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A Plea For Theologically Rich Youth Ministries

Youth ministry has come a long way over the past 20 or 30 years. Fading fast are the models of ministry that were heavy on entertainment and light on truth. I am glad for this! There’s nothing wrong with having fun in youth ministry; in fact, I think it should have elements of fun. But we know […]

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5 Misconceptions About Calvinism

I grew up as a Christian with basically no exposure at all to the understanding of salvation that many people call Calvinism. When I first came across it, I thought it was borderline crazy. At first, it was so obvious to me that Calvinism was a system of false teaching that I rejected it outright […]

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How to Screw Up Your Theology

  Do you treat the Bible like a tunnel, or do you treat it like a cave? When a person stands at the mouth of a tunnel, it is entirely possible for them to receive messages from the other side. If a person stands at the other end, they can speak loudly and the words will […]

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Maybe “Free Will” Isn’t All That

Among Christians there is a lot of theological debate over how God’s sovereignty (his control over the universe) and human free will (our ability to make choices) fit together. Can we make meaningful choices if God is ultimately in control over them? Is it immoral or unloving of God to cause us to do something […]

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