One of the few universally affirmed statements of Christian political theology is Christ is King. Christian political engagement must be informed at ever step by this affirmation. This is not the only doctrine that carries import for Christian political engagement but it certainly is primary. Every political stance a Christian takes must be congruent with … Continue reading If Christ is king…
I’m scheduled to address the youth group at my church in a month. The general topic I was given is “A lesson I have learned.” This got me thinking. Could I name concisely specific things I have learned about God in the past 10 years? I know I’ve come a long way. I started as … Continue reading Reflection: 5 lessons I’ve learned
I was recently watching Austin Powers agin. One scene stuck out to me this go around. Austin and Vanessa were sitting atop a double decker bus having a nice meal with live music. Austin famously announced, “Burt Bacharach, everyone!” To which Mr. Bacharach started singing his 1960’s hit, “What the world needs now, is love sweet … Continue reading What the Church needs now is Credibility, sweet Credibility!
I haven't written in a while. Looking forward to (hopefully) prioritizing it more in the next season of life, but anywho here it goes... My dad recently approached me with this question. Finally, a question I am confident in answering with a definitive... "maybe?" (Cause I never do that! HA!) The issue is certainly a … Continue reading Should Christians arm themselves? Christian Realism in a nutshell
The PCA General Assembly voted to form a study committee regarding the place of women in the church. Conservatives have decried this as an attempt to overturn the foundation of the PCA, effectively declaring, “been there, done that, case closed.” As the ordination of women was one factor in leading to the split between what … Continue reading Theologizing Out Loud: Who gets the final Word?
(a year or so late) Upon returning to the US, we were inundated with the myriad cable-news networks that we didn't have on Scottish Freeview TV. The other evening we were watching Fox News, only to see show after show, pundit after pundit lambasting the Commander-in-Chief for what neither the guests nor hosts could definitively discern … Continue reading In Defense of Obama (on this one); Or, Mistaking Symptoms for the Disease
Friday night my car window was shattered and my briefcase stolen. The theif(s) got away will all my books for the coming semester and others I was using for supplemental research! This was the occasion for me thinking about criminal justice and vigilantism when this paradox emerged. Nothing is more just than personal retribution... Nothing … Continue reading the paradox of justice: A (not so theological) thought on criminal justice
What is Systematic Theology?- Prolegomena (prologue/prefatory remarks) When meeting new people we're often asked what it is that we do or what our occupation is. And for the most part we all have simple answers-- Nurse, Police Officer, Mayor, Engineer, Pastor, etc. But people often get a puzzled look on their faces when I tell … Continue reading What is Systematic Theology?