Tertullian’s View of the Trinity
The debates about the Trinity were not simply semantic spats among would-be philosophers.
With Tertullian we have an early voice attributing his basic understanding of the Trinity to a Scripturally-based tradition handed down in the Church. Furthermore, he engages polemically with Praxeas on the basis of Scripture, expounding a plethora of verses from the Gospel of John. Remember that the Marcionites, modalists, and others claimed support from the... Continue Reading
Divine Simplicity and its Modern Detractors
Compromise regarding divine simplicity soon leads to the collapse of the classical understanding of God.
According to James Dolezal, “For many theologians the cost of confessing a simple God is simply too much to pay.” Why? Because human language cannot encapsulate God in His essence. These theologians may be open to the doctrine of simplicity up to a point but do not accept the implication that human language cannot “map... Continue Reading
But social justice is not justice. It is injustice.
What is particularly alarming is the number of evangelicals who jabber about social justice. Most often these people fit into two categories. Some are using the phrase without understanding what it really means. Others believe that they can redefine the term in ways that allow them to keep using it. But why use it at... Continue Reading
We Are Mists and Marvels
Weighing the beauty and brevity of life.
Truly did James say, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). It’s this existential experience of being marvels and mists that we find bewildering. We find it a strange phenomenon to watch our lives move relentlessly along a continuum, leaving experiences that... Continue Reading
Are You Willing to Surrender?
Surrendering to ministry includes a determination to follow God’s call wherever it may lead.
Surrendering to ministry rightly establishes the pastor’s motivation. After all, the pastor’s incentive should not be material gain, the applause of men, or any other earthly enticement. Rather, the preacher should, like the apostle Paul, know in his heart, “If I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion;... Continue Reading
Church, Walk in Right Fear and True Comfort
The peace that reigned in their hearts comes from a shift in what they feared and where they found comfort
Brothers and sisters, let us be those who fear God and walk in the comfort of the Holy Spirit as we make much of King Jesus in these days. Consider your heart and ask yourself if your interactions, social media posts, and inward dialogues reflect a deep trembling before God and deep comfort in the... Continue Reading
When Sacrifice Is No Hardship
To give him our all is no sacrifice. It is the gateway to abundant joy.
Picture that – Simon’s boat and that of James and John, filled with fish to the point that they had been in serious danger of sinking, pulled up to shore and abandoned. Leaving their families with even worse prospects, as not only was there no income that day, but there would never be again. What... Continue Reading
Coronavirus Could Kill Consumer Christianity
Coronavirus has rapidly taken away the excesses of church.
This crisis is a great opportunity for believers to think afresh about what it means to be distinctly Christian every day of the week, in every aspect of life. What does it look like to be noticeably Christian in a world where the previously most conspicuous thing about faith identity—going to church—is gone? One... Continue Reading
Stories Beneath Stories
Sin and misery make our lives quite complicated.
Biblical counselors have erred by assuming that one story is the only story. To keep our errors to a minimum, we work to listen more and say less. Good advice certainly—but there is more we can say. Listen to Scripture, listen to people. This is how we grow in our care and counsel. And... Continue Reading
At World’s First Gender ‘Detransition’ Conference, Women Express Regret Over Drugs, Mutilation
The sold-out event included a panel of medical and psychological health experts as well as young women who are “detransitioning” from attempts to make them men.
The event also marked the official launch of the Detransition Advocacy Network headed by Charlie Evans, 28, a woman who identified as a man for a decade. Evans decided to found the group to help the hundreds of young people she says have reached out to her after regretting their own experiments with hormonal treatments... Continue Reading