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Faithful Servant of Christ the Lord

I have long enjoyed reading biographies because there is so much to learn from other people’s experiences. And I am particularly interested in discovering the particular facts and circumstances of the people who wrote the books which have…

The Foundation for True Progress

One of the most important yet also most vacuous term used by modern Western people is “progress.” This term is bantered about in popular writing as well as by academics in the Universities and even by judges in the United States courts.…
Jesus' Two Earth Shaking Promises

Revival and/or Apostasy

Among some subsets of Protestant Christian communities I have sometimes heard pastors and authors insist that before the “last days” come (just prior to the “rapture” or the Lord’s physical return as King of heaven and earth) there…
Redeeming Our Millennial Obsession

Redeeming Our Millennial Obsession

For at least the last 10 years, the church has spent a lot of time and felt considerable angst trying to figure out the Millennial generation. We've changed fashion, styles, services, and outreaches while wrestling with how to reach and engage…

The Door of the Church, Part 2

There is a remarkable point of contact between the Lord’s disciples and those who do not believe the Gospel. That point is the need for “peace.” This is one of those terms has a variety of nuanced meanings but that is to be expected as…
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The Door of the Church, Part 1

We are creatures and thus we must go through a life-long process of learning about the physical world, ourselves and the culture(s) we are reared in. Being human is a wonderfully complex experience and it is fraught with dangers and potential…

True Spirituality, Part 1

The mood of the current culture in North America and Western countries is decisively tilted against religion in favor of “spirituality.” This term has become an empty and meaningless word precisely because it is used in so many different…
The City - Arena of Tragedy and Hope

Coexist, Part 3

We who claim faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are confronted with that task of living side by side with fellow human beings who do not believe or think as we do about God and many other matters. We coexist with them and the social norms that govern…
The City - Arena of Tragedy and Hope

Coexist, Part 2

The Church, the people of God in the Lord Jesus, coexist on earth with unbelieving people. This fact reflects God’s purpose and design in expanding the Kingdom of God. Praise be to the Triune God! We who hold onto the practice of faith…
The City - Arena of Tragedy and Hope

Coexist, Part 1

There is tension between the Church and “the World.” The reason for this is because God’s people, the Church, coexist with people who do not believe and do not know the living God. The presence of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers causes…
Discerning the True Church

Discerning the True Church, Part 1

One recurring debate throughout the history of the Christian Church has surrounded the question, “How can we know what is the true Church?” and “What are the marks of the true Church?” The specific theological questions or matters of…
How Christ Suffers Through the Church

How Christ Suffers Through the Church, Part 2

I begin this blog with the point I ended with for the prior one (9/13/16): The statement I quoted (from The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church) is helpful to me in that it points me to the relationship of the Church to the Lord Jesus. Yet how…
How Christ Suffers Through the Church
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How Christ Suffers Through the Church, Part 1

The fact of suffering in human life has been a source of great irritation, perplexity and spurred much theological debate throughout human history. Thanks be to God that the Scripture does not shy away from the reality of suffering. While I…
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Christ's Sufferings in His People

There is a profound truth which I can only say I am beginning to understand. That is that those who are “in Christ” somehow suffer with Christ. The identification of our sufferings and those of our Lord’s is so close that Paul can affirm…

Why the Church is Peculiar, Part 2

The gospel is confounding to the human mind. For human beings are set on controlling and managing their own lives—and the lives of other people—even as they steer themselves into increasingly destructive ends. Our knowledge of our weakness…

Why the Church is Peculiar, Part 1

In the following postings my purpose is explain in some detail the rational for the objections I have lodged against the theological assertions summarized in prior postings. I have made assertions that I think need to be clarified further. And…

The Seed of the Kingdom and the Church

In the past two blog postings I have intentionally opened up a question that could be contentious. I did so in order to highlight a theological issue that has profound practical implications for how Christians perceive themselves in God’s…
Resonance Theological Journal

The Church as the Seed of the Kingdom, Part 2

I have made it a priority to study with as much energy and time I can all the various streams of Christian traditions. The reason is simple: I believe that God has deposited different aspects of his beautiful Truth in different redeemed persons.…