Theology

Theology

Our beliefs are all grounded in the Bible

Is the Bible Boring?

As a pastor, I shouldn’t be admitting this, but yes, the Bible is boring in some parts. On January 1, I began a reading plan to read through the Bible in a year. That means over the past 3 months I have read countless boring parts: genealogies, numerous censuses (or is it censii?), hundreds of verses of odd rules and regulations, and various boundary markers and travel routes. It’s at this point in trying to read the Bible that many…
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Miss a Little, Miss a Lot

Have you ever been given a task to plan or a project to oversee only to have your best-laid plans go horribly awry? I have. Before I was a pastor, I was in bank operations. I remember a time when I spent months researching and preparing to implement a new system for the bank. After doing everything I thought possible to prepare for the change, everything that could possible go wrong, did go wrong. It took almost twelve months to…

What’s the Point of Judgment

Introduction Two weeks ago Pastor Brent taught how the point of Jesus’ life was to innaugarate the Kingdom of God on this earth and give us a glimpse of what the Kingdom will look like.  Last week he taught that the point of Jesus’ death was to give us victory over sin and death. Today I’ll be answering the question: What’s the Point of God’s Judgment?  In saying that, I know some of you might be looking to make an…

Pope Francis Keeps Making Headlines

It seems to me that Pope Francis has been in the news more often in the past month than any pope has been in recent memory.  You see, he is regularly speaking out about his beliefs, beliefs which push against the traditional stance of the Catholic church for centuries.  At first, I found his comments to be refreshing, pointing in the right direction.  In one interview, he spoke about how he wanted the church to be more focused on what…

How Would Jesus Vote?

As I finish up my last class of my seminary journey, Christian Ethics, I am being confronted with all sorts of issues related to the church, politics, and how Christians vote.  I have read about abortion, capital punishment, war, marriage, poverty, politics, immigration, and racism.  Before taking the class, I might have looked at each of these issues quite simply – yes, I support, or no, I am against it.  But I have been surprised at how complex each of…