Is God the God of the good Bible interpreters only? Is He not also the God of the bad ones? Yes, He is the God of the bad ones, too. This little opening, which you might notice alludes to Romans 3:29, summarizes something that has dawned on me recently. As I read more Scripture and study it more deeply, … Continue reading "The God of Bad Interpreters"
The early church has a few awesome things to offer us. Like this prayer from St. Basil the Great: Almighty Lord, God of the Powers and of all flesh, Who lives in the highest and carest for the humble, Who searches our hearts and affections, and clearly foreknows the secrets of men; eternal and everliving … Continue reading "Prayer Help from Old"
“Glory, hallelujah! Praise Jesus!” This kind of talk is naturally a common part of church life, especially in the more energetic places. And that is good. When we are loved by so great a God and called into His service, for us to offer what Scripture calls a “sacrifice of praise” to Him is only … Continue reading "Glorifying God the E-Z Way"
In the first part of this post, I tried to Biblically ground a concept of “holy love” which integrates what we know of God’s love with the revelation that He is also a consuming fire and has sometimes enacted terribly violent judgments. Now I move on to apply that to the problems we see in the Old … Continue reading "Election, Israel, and Yahweh’s Consuming Fire: Part 2"
“Jesus paid it all / all to Him I owe.” Some hymns have the most wonderful truths, don’t they? Jesus paid it all. We are saved by Christ alone. In practice, we don’t always believe this. We think that the strength of our faith, the degree of our obedience, or the purity of our motives … Continue reading "Christ Alone: Absolutely Wonderful!"
So I had this thought while I was taking a walk yesterday. I had been thinking about the term “holy love” which is occasionally used in theology. This brought me to the doctrine of divine simplicity. A few of you here probably already know that that means, but for those of you who don’t, divine simplicity takes … Continue reading "How God is Simple, and Why That is Good News (Divine Simplicity and the Cross)"
If there’s one thing people are good at, it’s making excuses. I imagine we don’t even realize how many excuses we make for ourselves (and others!) in the average day. If you’re a Christian, you probably see this most clearly and painfully in your prayer life. Well, I guess you could be one of those … Continue reading "My Dog Ate My Prayerbook"