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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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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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Lyrical Theology: In Christ Alone (Part 6)

In Christ Alone – Newsboys (see full lyrics here) There in the ground, his body lay / Light of the world by darkness slain / Then bursting forth, in glorious day / Up from the grave he rose again / And as he stands in victory / Sins curse has lost its grip on me / For I […]

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School Shooting in Newtown: Where was God?

On December 14, 2012 a heavily armed, 20-year old entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and gunned down 20 children and 6 adults. The media firestorm that followed this horrific act was gigantic, and so has been the response through social media. People are trying to make sense of it all. The main […]

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Lyrical Theology: In Christ Alone (Part 3)

In Christ Alone – Newsboys (see full lyrics here) What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand. DC Talk popularized the phrase “love is a verb”, and the statement is true. Love is not a feeling that […]

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Lyrical Theology

Over the next little while I’d like to do a series of posts using lyrical theology. Lyrical theology is, by my own definition, the truths of the God’s Word expressed in the form of music. Ideally, all Christian music should contain lyrical theology. Songs written by Christian artists should contain God’s truth or at the […]

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What’s the Difference Between True Christianity and the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Marking differences between true Christianity and the Jehovah’s Witnesses can be a bit tricky because both religions use similar language. Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, call themselves Christians who believe the Bible and look to Jesus as the one who saves us and will give us eternal life. However, when you dig deeper, major differences can […]

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How to Listen to a Sermon (by George Whitefield)

[The following is an excerpt adapted from Sermon 28 from The Works of the Reverend George Whitefield.] Jesus said, ‘Therefore consider carefully how you listen’ (Luke 8:18). Here are some cautions and directions, in order to help you hear sermons with profit and advantage. 1. Come to hear them, not out of curiosity, but from […]

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Are Christian’s “little gods”?

One of the ways the prosperity gospel is supported by preachers is through the teaching that Christians are “little gods”, and that little gods are in some way entitled to the same kind of blessings and honor that the Almighty God Himself is worthy of. This teaching that Christians are little gods comes from two […]

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Eternal Security: Once Saved, Always Saved?

The following is a paper I wrote in Bible college on the subject of eternal security. I think I could do a better job on it now, but it’s still pretty decent. The footnotes aren’t included in this version.  ————– One of the most debated doctrines among Christians has been the permanency of salvation: can […]

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