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How We Got To Heaven

I have been thinking about how we got to heaven. I do not mean by this actually “going to heaven” after dying. Rather, I refer to how we modern Christians have arrived at our conception of “heaven”—of the afterlife. Our ideas are strongly…

Dodging Reality and Embracing Fiction

Augustine of Hippo, perhaps one of the most influential Christians writers in Church history, made an observation about himself and the people of his own time that is remarkably relevant to our own. In his book, The Confessions, he describes…

Padre Kino

Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino was born August 10th, 1645 in the town of Segno in Northern Italy (close to Trent). Padre Kino, as he became known, studied Science and Literature and Religion at a school in Trent run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits),…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 2

The shape of the Gospel, as I argued in the prior essay, is real and rooted in the Person of Christ Jesus. The Christians did not invent the Gospel but sought to understand the depths and dimensions of the divine mystery of God’s Presence…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 1

One of truths which people in the modern era have tried their best to ignore (for they cannot eradicate it) is that the good news of Jesus Christ inherently possesses a certain “shape” that marks it off as unique. As an example, consider…
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The New in the Old

One of the distinctives of people and churches who are “evangelical” has always been submission to Scripture as God’s Word. Indeed, from the beginnings of Church history, regardless of differing conceptions about how to best interpret…

Reform and Re-form

The Spring issue, What is Evangelical? aroused in me so many useful thoughts about faith and practice, both personal and societal.  Every author brought something to bear on my perspective, some more surprising than others.  In sorting these…
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Resting in God

Are the redeemed of the Lord to keep the Sabbath? I would argue that the answer is yes. However, Yet the questions of how to do this and more importantly why we are to do this is the more pressing. Why would I do anything that expresses faith…
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Heresy Hunting and the Gospel

There are regrettably many examples of what I call heresy hunting in the history of Christianity. These instances have usually followed closely upon periods when Christian leaders had recently attempted to clarify some aspect of doctrine or…

A Question of Terminology, Part 2

Since the beginning of my conscious journey of faith toward Christ I have found an interest in words. This was not the case up to that pivotal point in time in high school when I encountered the Lord personally. However, the Father gave me a…

A Question of Terminology, Part 1

When it comes to theological discussion and writing, like everything else in human life, the terminology is essential to understand. Disagreements over theology often, but not always, come down to meanings associated with the words we use to…
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The Mystery of Our Religion

Paul makes a remarkable statement in writing to his son in the faith Timothy. This is one of those pithy theological statements, which are scattered through Paul’s letters, that remind me of a hymn of praise; these are either written by Paul…

Thank God for Pope Leo

The period of history generally designated as the Patristic Period was crucial to the formation of many aspects of what we have come to know as “orthodox Christianity.” There were many Christian leaders that contributed to the organic development…
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Theological Underpinnings of Bible Translation, Part 2

The work which Christians put their minds and hands to is motivated by their beliefs. And their beliefs are expressed in their theology. Why else do we, of all people, seek to work for good on behalf of others except that our theological convictions…
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Theological Underpinnings of Bible Translation, Part 1

One of the assumptions we Christians tend to make is that it is an essential good to make the Bible accessible to people. This conviction goes back to very beginnings of the Christian Church. From the earliest centuries after Jesus’ life on…
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Perfection in Love

Many people in our day have made comparisons between Christianity and other historic religions. Frequently these comparisons are made in order to assert the similarities between them. Sometimes people foolishly declare that “all religions…
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Learning to Discern

One of my mentors when I was an Undergraduate student once made a comment I have never forgotten. He stated that great books had become his “good friends”. He went on to explain that his consistent reading of Christian authors had been quite…

Descending Beyond Transcendental Religion

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of being friends with people from Africa and the Middle East. In some cases they have been self-identifying Christians while others Muslims. In both cases I have seen embodied the embrace of life in the…