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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.…

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…
Red Cliffs Park by Bob Wick

The Beauty of Biblical Revelation

I have been studying the Bible since I was a Junior in high school. Prior to that I had almost no interest in reading or making a serious study of the Bible. I had been exposed to Scripture as I grew up, through participation in churches, but…

Identity and Biblical Interpretation, Part 2

My wife and I lived in Oregon, west of Portland, for several years. This was an adventure in many ways for us but one thing I noticed while there was that the rules of the road were different from Arizona. Here is what I mean: While driving…

Identity and Biblical Interpretation, Part 1

Many years ago, when I was an Undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, I and a friend had a most remarkable conversation with a man. We met him while walking across the University of Arizona campus after attending church on a Sunday;…
Texas Tech Plant and Soils Sculpture by Rebecca Thompson

Truth and Scripture in Time

When I sit down daily to read some portion of Scripture I am assuming what many people would consider an extraordinary notion. Namely, that there is a God and that God has chosen to communicate through human authors in writing. This was the…
Truth-Telling and Sin

Truth-telling and Sin

I have for many years made it a spiritual discipline to read Christian literature from the patristic period (2nd to 8th century). The terms utilized, the methods of interpretation of Scripture and the basic assumptions about spiritual life implicit…

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 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
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Discerning the True Church, Part 4

This is the final blog in this series on discerning the true church. I have waded in deep with the intention of digging down into the foundations of what makes the Church the true Church. I readily acknowledge that I have not explored all that…
Discerning the True Church
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Discerning the True Church, Part 3

To discern the true Church is both needful and delightful. For it is like finding a treasure trove of precious gems, gold and other beautiful and desirable things. Or to use another metaphor, it is like seeing a dear friend and having time to…
Discerning the True Church

Discerning the True Church, Part 2

In introducing and wading into this subject of “Discerning the True Church” I am quite aware I am walking in a theological mine field. I am willing to risk it because, in my opinion, of all the theological subjects considered and debated…
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…

The Most Surprising Stranger, Part 2

A childhood memory of my grandfather came back to me with strong clarity recently. I recall one day that he came and told me that he wanted to show me something. He always kept a can of gasoline on hand in a locked area that his grandchildren…

The Most Surprising Stranger, Part 1

One of the most remarkable facts of human behavior that I have observed is that human beings are profoundly ignorant of themselves. In asserting this I do not assume that such ignorance of self is necessarily sin. For while ignorance of oneself…
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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.…
Resonant Theology in Public

The Necessity of Truth in Theology and Life

I have endeavored to be a student of history (that of the Church and of dominant world cultures and empires). This study has led me to one dominant insight which is very helpful in understanding my own behavior and that of others. Namely that…

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