In order to talk about the application of the Sabbath to the Christian, we first have to see it in its biblical-theological context. When speaking of the Sabbath, most Christians think of the 4th commandment. If this is all that there is to the conversation, it is like watching a snippet from the middle of a… Continue reading The Christian, the Sabbath and Creation.
Having thought about the difficulty of discerning the difference between primary and secondary doctrines, we now turn to consider another related problem... that the distinction between primary and secondary doctrines often gets interpreted as "important" and "non-important" doctrines. At this point, we begin to spiral fairly quickly into the theological abyss. Just because something isn't… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 3)
Last week we began to think about the Evangelical tendency to categorise doctrines into matters of primary and secondary importance. "Primary" refers to those doctrines that are essential to all Christians everywhere and "secondary" referring those doctrines that are non-essential. In this article, we begin to consider some of the problems arising out of this… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 2)
How ‘No Creed But the Bible’ Subverts the Bible https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-creed-bible-subverts/ — Read on http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-creed-bible-subverts/ I heartily agree with this. It is a concept that is so often misunderstood...and it fits in with the current theme of my blog so I thought it worthy of a repost.
Distracted from the Real Warning? Hebrews 5 and 6 has to be among the most controversial passages in the Bible. The controversy is mainly between Calvinists like me who argue that you cannot lose your salvation and...well, everybody else. However, as is sadly the case with any Bible passage that has become caught up in… Continue reading The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.
"Religion is bad. Just look all of those ridiculous and irrational things those Calvinist Christians did during the Salem witch trials." Have you ever heard something like this before? I wouldn't be surprised if you had. It's a common argument. To be honest, as a Christian, I have never really enjoyed spending that much time… Continue reading Christianity and the Salem Witch Trials
How Does Pastoral Care Happen? The bottom line principal of biblical pastoral care is that it is the ministry of every member of the church, rather than of only a select few within the church. Every Christian is to love one another. Until every member sees this as their responsibility the church will not be… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 4
A Brief Biblical Theology of Pastoral Care Although “pastoral care” is not a phrase that is found in the Bible, the concept behind it surely is. The term “pastoral” comes from the Latin for “shepherd”. In other words, pastoral care is the care given by shepherds to their flock or pastors (elders) to their churches.… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/embed/0tjKNsDzczc Fifty years ago today an event happened that changed our view of the world forever. Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were blasted into space on the Apollo 8 mission and became the first human beings to see the dark side of the moon and the first to witness “Earthrise.”That famous photo of the…… Continue reading On Earth As In Heaven — Think Theology
Ecclesiastes 2: 4-11 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I… Continue reading Happiness and Task Completion