Science vs Scripture. Reason vs faith. Why is it that these things are so frequently pitted against each other? Well, it’s not really a mystery. Doctrines of old oppose new scientific theories. Faith holds to things which are often difficult to understand. So of course these conflicts will arise. Yet I want to hopefully add some … Continue reading "Theory and Doctrine: Interpretations in Scripture and Nature"
Nobody likes to be sick. Whether it’s as basic as coughing and sneezing or as severe as an aggressive cancer, we hate sickness. And naturally, whenever we hate something, but it exists, we wonder how it relates to God. A good God always leaves us with questions about bad stuff. So what about sickness? What … Continue reading "Does God Want Me Sick?"
Instead of a long, complicated blog post about these different perspectives on predestination and free will, I’ll boil it all down pretty simply so you can try to find out what you identify with the best. Here are some questions and answers on different issues from each view. You can judge for yourself which statements … Continue reading "Are You a Calvinist, Arminian, or Molinist?"
If the sheep know His voice, then tell me what is the choice For the ones who haven’t heard and have no need to rejoice? Father, help me understand. “Hearts Safe”, Tenth Avenue North The Gospel is the power of God for salvation. “Amen!” we say. But what about those who have never heard the … Continue reading "The Island Savage: What about Those Who Never Hear?"
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"
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
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?"
A few weeks ago, I made a post discussing the Biblical correctness of the so-called “sinner’s prayer.” You can read that here if you haven’t already. My conclusion was that something akin to the sinner’s prayer is certainly warranted in receiving Christ, but that the common evangelical form has several pitfalls. Yet after hearing Francis … Continue reading "Is Baptism the Real “Sinner’s Prayer?”"
Sexuality is obvious a huge controversy. Homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexualism, and a host of other words fill blogs, newspapers, and airtime. Naturally, if something is so controversial and such a major part of human life, then consulting God about it is a reasonable decision. I, of course, believe that the Bible is God’s Word, so I … Continue reading "Sexuality and Sin: Basic Facts"