"For our sake he made him to be sin, who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Today is good Friday. It is the day Jesus died on the cross. The cross is the divine symbol of inequality. And Jesus chose to take this divine symbol up for us. He didn’t have to. No one forced him. But he did anyways.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Two Sundays ago someone asked my Sunday school class to sum up the Christmas message in as few words as possible. They wanted the Christmas message in a nutshell, and I immediately thought of the single word, “Immanuel.”
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Catholic Church acknowledges three types of respect paid to important figures in the Church. The first, “latria”, is worship and adoration reserved for God alone. “Dulia” is the veneration allotted for all of the Saints, and the last form, “hyperdulia”, is especially for the Virgin Mary. The idea of formal veneration for anyone except God is a foreign concept for Protestants, but Mary has held an unique place in the Church since the Church Fathers. This place of honor expanded from a theological side note to the throne of Heaven during the era prior to the Reformation. This paper will seek to examine the rise of Mary's importance in Western Church doctrine and practice specifically from the second century until the twelfth.
Friday, November 9, 2012
I grew up in Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Up here in New England you all also have some mountains in the area. I hear Mount Washington in New Hampshire reaches over 6,200 feet high. That is really high—only about a thousand feet lower than my home town. Growing up in Estes Park I used to go to church every Sunday. When I was a teenager one of my favorite “church times” was youth group. One of the most interesting aspects of our youth group was the variety of kids who came. And how those kids would clump up and form groups of friends.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Today’s average dispensationalist and covenant theology adherents know little to anything about their own theology or that belonging to the other system. Adherents of the covenant of grace system are too quick to accuse dispensationalists of believing in two distinct planes of salvation: one for the Jew and one for the Gentile. While on the other side, dispensationalists are too quick to accuse covenant believers of replacement theology, which charges the church with replacing and receiving the benefits belonging to the nation of Israel. What neither side realizes is the long and drawn out history involved in the formation of both systems of theology and that these caricatures do not accurately reflect much of what these systems contain. The history of dispensational and covenant theology are best seen in contrast with each other. By studying their origins, their early and influential theologians, their developments and conflicts, and their modern viewpoints, today’s adherent can better interact and learn from both systems.
Friday, October 26, 2012
I used to think I could never become a pastor when I was a kid. One of the reasons I didn’t want to become a pastor is James 3:1, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” I knew if I became a pastor I would have to answer to God for what I taught. In fact, I used to imagine myself before God surrounded by pastors from all over the world.