The Benjamin Button Church Fallacy

There’s a tendency to hold that the early church must have been the most accurate in its doctrines. That tendency is often matched by the desire to force a pet contemporary theology into the early church framework. I see a couple of problems here, but I’ll ask these question first: Is the church’s understanding of […]

What are God's Doctrinal Deal-Breakers?

A couple of days ago, I posted this article; “Doctrinal Deal-Breakers Dissociative Disorder in The Church.” It opens up a conversation about perceived and justifiable reasons to dissociate with other Christian believers over doctrinal issues. Feel free to read that short post before continuing… This is the second part and primarily focuses on the relationship […]

Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible never exhorts us to have “childlike” faith.

C.K. Chesterton once said that God “has the eternal appetite of infancy.” In the often misunderstood verses of Matthew 18:2-4, Jesus says that we must “become as little children.” But Jesus was not referring to faith here, but rather to humility.  Whoever “humbles himself” as a little child is the “greatest in the kingdom of heaven,” […]

3 Questions About Bad Doctrine or Theology Thwarting Mission.

Over the past few months, our discipleship group has been having very lively discussions about those things that kill or thwart mission.  Specifically, Christian mission, the preaching of the Gospel, Making Disciples, and acts of justice & reconciliation. Early next year I plan to release a book with the tentative tittle “This Kills Mission,” where […]

A Little Theological Exercise: Where is the Physically Resurrected Jesus?

Where is the physically resurrected Jesus? Physical?  You mean He has a body? Yes! Well, does that mean Jesus is spatially located somewhere? Yes! Well, then how can Jesus “be in my heart?” Technically, He can’t.   What do you mean technically? Paul the Apostle, when speaking to a group which complicated the gospel, said, “And […]

Can We Make The Apostle's Claim?

Paul the Apostle, when Speaking to the Galatian churches said “I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.  I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”  Galatians 1:11,12 Matthew Henry said, […]

The Anti-Scripture Scriptures – Part I

  This post will initiate a series about when scripture is used against scripture.  An Example: Jesus addressed the Pharisees in John 5:39,40 when he said, – “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to […]

It's widely accepted that condemning others is wrong, but what about their ideas?

Before we can answer that question, we must have a working definition of what it means to “condemn.”     Let’s take a look at a couple of biblical uses: In the first case we have  Jesus’ view ~ “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and […]

A Blog Post about Fruitless Blogging…

This past weekend represented the most active weekend in regard to the number of visitors and the number of comments in this blog’s history.  The two posts which caused all the activity were titled: Okay, Now can we Stop Evangelizing and Start Discipling? and Paul’s Engagement of the Athenians on Mars Hill, Epic Ministry Fail? […]