Book Review: Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit, and the theological loci pneumatology, is easily the most neglected member of the Trinity. Most Christians are aware that there is a Holy Spirit, but their knowledge goes little further than that. Other Christians have an unhealthy imbalance that leads them to over-emphasize the third Person of the Trinity. In Who is the Holy Spirit? by R.C. Sproul this sometimes enigmatic Person is explained in another short entry in the Crucial Questions series.

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Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies – How Ought Christians Respond?

On Wednesday, March 19th 2014, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church died of natural causes at the age of 84. For those of you who are not familiar, Westboro Baptist Church (Which is neither Baptist, nor a church) is the group that is most widely known for their website (I won’t link to it or actually say what it is called… it shouldn’t be hard to find if you really want to check it out) and for picketing the funerals of slain soldiers. Fred Phelps was the patriarch and founder, and it is not too much to say that he was an enemy of Christ and of the Gospel. However, as I’ve observed the reactions of Christians to the news I see mixed reactions. Some are celebratory, some are using this as an excuse to defend some of his less radical statements, some are using it as an excuse to beat on each other (Phelps was a proponent of the unfortunately labeled Hyper-Calvinism, so he is often touted out as an example of why Calvinism is wrong…)

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With this Ring, I Thee Wed – My view of the Sacraments

20120915-IMG_0712The Sacraments are a perennial discussion that all theologians, no… all Christians, must have. Even those Christians who believe that Baptism and Communion are bare memorial symbols must wrestle with the fact that for the majority of Christian history, they have been much more than that. Today, I want to briefly explain my view of the Sacraments. In this post, I’m going to focus less on the discussion of what they are, and try to focus more on the discussion of what they do, and how they do it. Keep in mind that this is a rough thought that I have not formalized yet.

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Why it Doesn’t Matter if Church “Works” for You

In the past week I have been exposed to two remarkably different perspectives on the importance of being an active and regular part of the local church. As I’m sure many of my readers have heard Donald Miller recently published a post to his blog detailing why he doesn’t regularly attend a local congregation. Someone much more insightful than I has already covered the general problem with this, so I’m going to go at it from it at a bit of a different angle. Continue reading

Contextual Theology and Its Dangers

I was recently made aware of a blog post by a colleague of mine from Seminary. If I am remembering correctly, she is a graduating senior this year. Kendra is no slouch, she is an excellent student and a sharp theological mind. Take a look at her post The Triumphs and Danger of a Hyphenated Theology: A Step Toward a More Holistic, Inclusive Theology. In this post I would like to offer a response that is not so much a critique, but I hope another voice in this much-needed discussion.

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