on dramatic conversions as the norm

One of my most negatively memorable times from seminary was when a well-respected professor questions the legitimacy of a student's faith because he could neither remember the exact date of his "coming to Christ" nor could he describe it in dramatic detail like Saul's conversion in Acts 9.  This particular…

our yes to evil

With each one of us there is a Yes to the evil that can be held back by God’s grace alone. But God is mightier than all evil in the world. - Bo Giertz, Hammer of God …

the 'problem' with theology

I have been a student of Christian theology my entire adult life.  I have tested the waters or swum in many diverse Christian traditions from Orthodoxy, Presbyterianism/Congregationalism, Lutheranism, and Methodism/Wesleyanism.  I have well-worn, dog-eared, note-filled theology books from all those great traditions on my bookshelves.  Here's the thing…

The Beautiful Cross

The crucifixion, which ended with the triumphant cry, "It is finished" (Jn 19.30), was the offering of the all-sufficient sacrifice for the atonement of all sinners.  The Man on the cross was the Lamb of God, who bears the sins of the world to carry them away from the…

Adoption and Baptism: A Real-Life Illustration

Last night, my son and I were enjoying our nightly ritual of reading books and bible stories before bedtime.  The bible story we were reading was the birth of Jesus--yes, he's in the Christmas spirit early--and we paused at the end on a picture of baby Jesus lying in a…

All Saints' Day?

For many Christians, especially those whose traditions do not observe the church calendar, the mere mention of "All Saints' Day" sounds eerily Roman Catholic or taboo.  But what exactly is this feast day (i.e., church celebration) all about?  I have found no better short explanation than that in the…

Walther on the Prosperity Gospel

Sadly, much of American Christianity is infatuated with the notion that, once I become a Christian, then God will order everything in my life such that I will be showered with material blessings galore--health, wealth, and prosperity of all kinds--even a hundredfold byond that which I give to the Lord…

Bonhoeffer on Church Growth

I'm no expert on the theology of the Church Growth Movement (or whatever clever moniker it goes by these days), but I can't help but be disappointed at the continual emphasis on church growth (i.e., numbers) that is so rampant within Evangelicalism.  Everywhere you turn there are books, seminars…

Walther on Justifying Faith

One month after writing my initial post on the topic of justification in Galatians as presented in the NLT and ESV, I came across this reading by C.F.W. Walther this morning.  For those who may not be familiar with Walther, he was one of the founders and first…

The End Times?

So...are we in the end times?  What do you think? According to the testimony of the Word of God, the closer we come to the end of all things, the greater the world's security and lust will become.  As the terrible hour nears, an hour in which all things…