Beauty, Ethics and Worship
Both truth and goodness, lacking beauty, do not have the power to convince and save.
The significant exodus from Protestant Evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy in the last few decades is at least partly due to aesthetics: the perceived barrenness of beauty in the average Evangelical or low-church. Sometimes throwaway lines leave a deep impression. One of those were words written on a blog I avidly followed... Continue Reading
Is God Judging the World?
How the Book of Revelation Explains our Crises
Are all the troubles the world is currently facing punishments from above? The simple answer is yes . . . and no. Charles Spurgeon once quipped that “only fools and madmen are positive in their interpretation of the Apocalypse” (The Sword and the Trowel, October 1867). Perhaps you will bear with me in a little... Continue Reading
A Guidebook for the Coming Christological Civil War
Christology has lost its twofold basis.
Many Christians no longer affirm the key to classical Christology doctrine, namely, that the infinite, immutable, impassible one unites to finite, mutable, and passible humanity. Some Christians even affirm neo-apollinarianism. And rarely do churches proclaim Christology from the pulpit (at least in its more theological form). As we have debated the doctrine of Trinity... Continue Reading
What Do You Mean by Evil?
Also known as “the rock of atheism,” the problem of evil argument intends to show an internal contradiction between the nature of God and the story of reality.
There’s a reason why we all wrestle with this issue at one time or another. It’s because everyone experiences evil to some extent, and certainly everyone experiences suffering at some point in life. Keep that in mind for a minute. It was standing room only as people lined the back of the packed room.... Continue Reading
Defining Heresy as “Damnable Error”
“Heresy” is one of those words that some Christians misapply.
This definition is helpful. It provides a framework to help you evaluate whether the teaching you don’t like is from a sheep that you disagree with or a wolf who needs to be ignored or rebuked or both. Let’s break down the definition a little more. Occasionally, I’ll see a social media post about... Continue Reading
Sometimes It’s Best To Express Your Wisdom in Silence
True wisdom is not only knowing your subject well, but also knowing the limitations of your knowledge.
The words “ultra crepidam” have been combined and anglicized, then passed to us in the term “ultracrepidarian.” An ultracrepidarian is someone who goes “beyond the shoe.” He is “one who is presumptuous and offers advice or opinions beyond his sphere of knowledge.” Or “someone who has no special knowledge of a subject but who expresses... Continue Reading
We have made the affirmation of the Bible's inerrancy almost meaningless.
As I grappled with the nature of Scripture, its authority, power, and sufficiency, and the implications for my life and ministry, my world was rocked. I had been raised by a godly mother who taught her children to believe the Bible but I had never thought deeply about the nature and implications of divine revelation.... Continue Reading
The Resurrection: Historical Reliability
Twelve facts that amply prove the resurrection of Christ.
Outside the Bible and the writings of early Christians, there are very few other references to Christ from the late first and early second centuries. Should that bother us? No, not at all! For two reasons: first, the total extant literature from this period would fill a very small section of one ordinary bookshelf, so... Continue Reading
Living Holy in the World
The Spirit-filled believer is filled with the wind of the Holy Spirit to move in obedience through each day as directed by God.
Living in this age, prior to the age to come, is the proving ground for the believer. God uses this life to mature His children, growing them in Christlikeness. We err when we become so temporally focused that we view what is going around us now as if the eternal is not awaiting us. How... Continue Reading
What Sin Will Never Quench
Why We Trust in Broken Cisterns
Scripture makes clear that God wants us to understand what it means for us to commit evil. The whole Bible, from the fall in Eden onward, is one long account of the catastrophic fallout of evil’s infection of the human race and God’s unfolding plan to ultimately overcome that unfathomable evil with an even more... Continue Reading