Note: I have updated the first bullet point with a few thoughts from Doug Moo's commentary on Romans. I often joke that I am one sprinkled baby away from becoming a Presbyterian. Aside from infant baptism and their church governance structure, I am fairly aligned with most of the theological convictions of the PCA (the conservative branch for … Continue reading Thinking About Infant Baptism
Have you ever noticed how seemingly flippant the apostles quote the Old Testament in relation to Jesus? On the surface, it appears that they use the Hebrew Scriptures as a grab bag, just pulling whatever the want out of context in order to built up Jesus' reputation. This could not be further from the truth. … Continue reading Psalm 16 and Jesus
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3) How could someone, Paul argues, who has died with Christ through the public display of baptism (the external display of an internal reality; the symbolic representation of our death and resurrection with Christ) … Continue reading Christian and Unbaptized? Unthinkable.
I don't know a lot of things. I'll be the first to admit. I'd like to think of myself as a well-read, intellectual person. But let's be honest. I'm average. The good news is that I'm okay with that (most of the time). As a matter of fact, most people are just that. Average. The … Continue reading Thoughts on church planting from a guy who doesn’t know anything
I don't really like labels in Christianity, because on the surface, they seem to divide people who are Christians. That can be true. But it is also true that labels can be helpful when talking to people who are not Christian, but say they are. In today's pluralistic, postmodern, theological buffet-type culture, we must be … Continue reading Try to be absolutely clear when you say, “I am a Christian”
FoxNews reports that a Planned Parenthood worker in Texas quit after seeing an ultrasound of a baby being aborted. Here's a snippet: Abby Johnson, 29, used to escort women from their cars to the clinic in the eight years she volunteered and worked for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas. But she says she knew it … Continue reading Abortion and Artemis: The Damning Desire of Lust for Wealth
Some missionaries have said that if the doctrine of election were true, they would never have become a missionary. Well, I say, "I am a missionary because the doctrine of election is true." Where do I find this in the Bible? In Acts 18, Paul is in Corinth. You would not have found a more … Continue reading Are missions and the doctrine of election at odds? I don’t think so.
I found these two articles by Robert Zerhusen very helpful on the study of speaking in tongues. He gives compelling arguments to believe that tongues are known human languages in both Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 14, and not ecstatic utterances. They were published by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals: Part 1: A New Look … Continue reading A Linguistic Approach to Tongues
My friend Tom and I, were walking with some friends to the Johannesburg Art Museum during our summer project last month. Instead of going in, we stayed in the park where hundreds of South Africans and Zimbabweans were laying around on the grass. We walked up to a guy who waved to us. As we … Continue reading Heroin Addicts, White Shoes, and the Gospel
God’s Big Story: View Series Continued from Part 5 At his ascension, Jesus looked at his disciples and said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8). The … Continue reading Pentecost, the Jews, and Salvation