Category Archives: Theology

Zwingli on the Death Sin Brings, and the Slavery

In John 8:34, Christ says: “Everyone that committeth sin is the bond-servant of sin.” Adam sinned. Therefore he became the slave of sin. Paul, writing to the Romans, puts it thus, Rom. 6:16: “Know ye not, that to whom ye … Continue reading

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‘Empty Philosophy’

The early Church had to endure Philosophers pretending to be Theologians while the modern Church has to endure Theologians pretending to be Philosophers.

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Just For No Particular Reason: Pride Is Sometimes Quite Inappropriate

It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and the kind of sexual immorality that is not even tolerated among the Gentiles– a man is living with his father’s wife.  And you are inflated with pride, instead … Continue reading

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Calvin Knew Something The Emergents, the Seeker Sensitives, and the Mega-Churches Will Never Know…

Those who are strong only in fervor and sharpness, but are not fortified with solid doctrine, weary themselves in their vigorous efforts, make a great noise, rave, [and] make no headway because they build without a foundation.  — John Calvin

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Quote of the Day

Apropos of Father’s Day- First of all, let me say that, although man can in no wise draw his own heart to faith in the only true God, even if one could surpass in power of speech the celebrated and … Continue reading

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Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction

This one- volume systematic theology presents an accessible, orthodox overview of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only cover all the traditional themes-creation, sin, Jesus … Continue reading

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No One Has Done a Better Job of Addressing the ‘Science and Faith’ Question Than Wolfhart Pannenberg

I first read this book when it appeared in 1993 and I’ve been re-reading it the last couple of days.  I was impressed with it over 24 years ago and it’s still the best treatment of the topic available.  It … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

In the early Church, catechesis led to baptism: it was the prerequisite for the sacrament of initiation into the body of believers. Belief was an adult phenomenon, a conscious choice, made after a process of education. Over time, as Christianity … Continue reading

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Why I Criticize the Governing Authorities

I get email.  Sometimes it’s not very nice email.  I get tweets, and like email, sometimes they aren’t very nice.  Senders often use pretty rank profanity to tell me that as a Christian Pastor I shouldn’t be criticizing Trump or … Continue reading

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This Looks Quite Interesting

Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction. This one-volume systematic theology presents an accessible, orthodox overview of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only cover all the traditional … Continue reading

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The Logos ‘Free Book of the Month’ For June

Here.

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The Marcionite Jesus The World Loves So Much…

Isn’t Jesus.  And if the ‘Jesus’ you imagine never expresses anger or wrath, yours is a Marcionite Pseudo-Jesus too, just like the world’s.

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‘Online Church’ And ‘TV Church’ Are Not Church

This essay is worth reading.  Additionally, what’s said here can and also should be said of the TV church.

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On Predestination

“Through mortal sins the elect may altogether lose and banish the Holy Ghost, faith and the grace of God, and thus for a time become subjects of condemnation, yet they cannot be wanting to the end, and perish eternally. Total … Continue reading

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Causing Offense

What clearly affects the divine truth, as the belief and commandments of God, no one shall yield, whether one is offended or not. — Huldrych Zwingli

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‘I Don’t Go To Church Because There are Too Many Hypocrites There’: How to Debunk A Common Myth

Whenever someone (some poor soul who doesn’t know what they have gotten themselves into) tells me that they don’t attend church, or that they’ve dropped out of church because, in their words, ‘there are too many hypocrites in the church’ … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

He foresaw Osteen, Wright, Warren, Jakes, White, Dollar, and every pentebabbleist on TV.

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Ben Sira’s Advice on Friendship

Some smart stuff from ben Sira- 6:7-10 If thou wouldst get a friend, try him before thou takest him, and do not credit him easily. For there is a friend for his own occasion, and he will not abide in … Continue reading

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On Mother’s Day: My Ambivalence

People love Mother’s Day.  And I don’t mind it.  But it does make me a bit pensive about the women who have either chosen not to be mothers or who can’t be. And it also makes me pensive concerning those … Continue reading

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No, You Don’t Know Everything

From Luther’s meal chats- Master Philip examined a student in Anthony Lauterbach’s home. He was a schoolmaster in Stargard, and when he answered thoughtlessly Philip said, “Do not answer so abruptly and burst out so heedlessly, for there are more … Continue reading

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