October 31, 2014

Lead Us Not Into Temptation… But Deliver Us From Evil

There have been more than a few comments this week about the Devil, demons, and evil.  All of which started me thinking of a recent study I had done with a small group on the Lord’s prayer. The Lord’s prayer is familiar to all of us.  Many of us have said it a thousand times or more. […]

Screwtape on the Existence of Demons

Whenever we consider the subject of demonology, it is hard to ignore the contributions of C.S. Lewis. In the modern era, few have stimulated the imagination with regard to the spiritual realm as much as the author of The Screwtape Letters. The book, dedicated to his friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien, begins with two quotes: […]

Luther: Living in a “Halloween” World

  And though this world with devils fill’d Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath will’d His truth to triumph through us. • Martin Luther, trans. Frederick Hedge Brother Martin lived in God’s presence, but they were generally three, for the Devil was seldom absent. • G.W. Foote • • […]

How I Became a… Arminian

Today we continue our series on “How I Became a…”. Two weeks ago I discussed how I had become a Theistic-Evolutionist. That was one of my later theological “conversions.” Up for discussion today, is my one of earliest theological conversions, that is the transition to Arminianism. Before going too far down a rabbit hole, let […]

Where do I belong?

I want to spend the next couple of Fridays talking about community. This week I want to focus on one way that you can find a church community that is a good fit theologically. I left the Plymouth Brethren in 1986 over a matter of biblical interpretation, with no idea where I would end up. […]

The Spirit of Knowing

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. • Romans 8:15-16, NLT • • • Sunday morning we […]

God’s Scandalous Patience

God is transforming and reconciling the world. But unlike human revolutionaries who demand instant and total change, God is not impatient. The arc of the universe bends toward the full reconciliation of all creation, but — “Come, Lord Jesus!” — that arc is long. – C. Christopher Smith & John Pattison * * * I […]

An Ordinary God

O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?’ For from him and through him […]

Who Is Christ for Us Today?

What is bothering me incessantly is the question what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious, is over, and so is the time of inwardness and conscience–and that means the time of religion in […]

Brian Zahnd: Axiomatic Thoughts on Christ and the Bible

Brian Zahnd has written a wonderfully clear article on the distinction between biblicism and Christianity, called Scripture as Witness to the Word of God. I commend it to you in its entirety. As a taste, I present this list of “axiomatic thoughts on Christ and the Bible” with which he opens his post: The Bible […]