Redeeming The Time

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, we tend to wax philosophic.  We think about the circle of the year; we think about the steady hourglass of time.  We think about all of resolutions we meant to accomplish, but never seemed to have the time.  We intended to achieve our goals, but…

Six Essential Doctrines

In a Facebook forum that I belong to, one of the members asked this question: since all Christian doctrines are important, which ones are essential for our theology and preaching? Below is my list of six essential doctrines of the Christian Faith. 1) salvation by grace alone through faith alone, via the atoning work of…

Worship: Rational, Emotional, Volitional

The title is a mouth-full, I know.  But several days ago the Lord began to deal with me about some foundational principles of worship, and these three words were the best descriptions I could think of.  If we can understand these three components, it will revolutionize our worship. As someone who has been raised in…

God’s Glory, Jesus’ Face

The other day as I was reading 2 Corinthians I noticed a powerful parallel that sheds some light (pun intended, as you'll see) on how we understand God's nature.  When I saw this connection, it was a revelatory moment that strengthened my understanding of "the mighty God in Christ." As an introduction, some people may…

Giving Thanks

We tend to idealize the great apostle Paul: he saved many souls, wrote a big chunk of our New Testament, did great things for the kingdom of God.  But we also need to understand that things were often terrible for Paul.  Of the many things that he suffered, Paul was beaten by the Jews five times…

Our God and Savior

A couple weeks ago I wrote an article, Our Father and Our Lord, discussing the distinction between Jesus and God the Father.  This dimension of our Christology is so important, and I really feel like it is underemphasized by a lot of Oneness believers.  By focusing on Jesus' true humanity we gain so much.  We find…

Acting Like A Devil

As I was reading my Greek New Testament the other day I made an interesting discovery.  I was reading the passage where it talks about the qualifications of deacons and deacons' wives Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the…