Many Christians are confused on how good works relate to salvation and the Christian life. In Protestantism, we affirm loudly that we are justified by faith alone, but then don’t often know how to treat good works from that point. Well, I will simply say for now that they are necessary, and Kevin DeYoung has … Continue reading "You Must Have Good Works"
I never want to be a heretic. Of course, if you ask some Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists, Orthodox Christians, and people from other groups, I already am one. Still, I profess Christ crucified, and I agree with the great ecumenical creeds of Christian history, so I dare to think that I am safe. Plus, I’m … Continue reading "The Benefits (and Dangers) of Reading Heretics"
You cannot focus only on God. That makes no sense and is really impossible. You also must not focus only on people. That is also a serious error. What is the meaning of my blabbering? See, there are two extremes of error into which people are prone to fall. On one hand, there is the … Continue reading "Let Everything Be Cross-shaped"
The Gospel Coalition Blog takes an insightful look at a popular book and its new movie. We Don’t Have to Read the Book or See the Movie to Know Heaven is Real — The Gospel Coalition Blog
Fact check: is tithing ever commanded for New Testament believers? The answer is “no.” Does that mean tithing is bad? No, it just means we are not morally obligated to give 10% of our income to church. Now some of you are thinking, “Darn heretic doesn’t want people to give to God.” Others may be … Continue reading "Quit Tithing. Give!"
You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. C. S. Lewis Or not. The above quote was supposedly said by C. S. Lewis, one of our favorite theologians of the modern age. The sentiment is echoed all over the place in Christianity. People complain about their bodies and long for … Continue reading "Stop Thinking Like a Gnostic"
Chuck Norris once sneezed while on the Atlantic. The result was Hurrican Katrina. Chuck Norris buys his cereal at Home Depot. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, Chuck Norris made his power available psychically. The Jedi called this the Force. Thor’s hammer was forged by Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris frisks airport … Continue reading "Don’t Joke about Chuck Norris…Except a Little"
If you have not noticed, at the top of my blog is a link that says “Friendly Discussion.” If you hover over it, you will find a handful of different categories. I have created these pages so that people can talk. If you have thoughts, questions, debates, or anything else, you can post them on … Continue reading "I Invite You to Speak (Please?)"
Almost everyone in church has heard this at some point. Someone who refuses to use anything but a KJV Bible has told you, “The NIV leaves out verses, taking away from God’s Word!” Your immediate response may have been scoffing, but perhaps later during a sermon or Bible study you noticed something like 1 John … Continue reading "Why Does the NIV Leave Out Verses?"
God never demands as little from us as we are comfortable giving Him. We are always called beyond the normal and the natural to a higher life. The Biblical way of being human is especially challenging and especially rewarding. So what does God ask of us? Kill yourself. Forget you exist. Whoever finds their life … Continue reading "Learn to Forget You Exist"