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 James R. Payton Jr., Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic 2010). Paperback / Kindle Every now and then, I hear friends describe—denounce, really—some book as a work of “revisionist history.” What they mean by that appellation is that the book contains a false account of the past. And while they may or may not […]


“It is the only happy life to live for the salvation of souls.” – D.L. Moody In continuing my thoughts on the Gospel of Going to Heaven I wanted to give a little background in how I see the development of this mindset. American religious history is marked by revivals. Since the early colonial days […]


As a Christian who believes scripture is the final authority and has homosexual friends that I love I feel that I cannot please either side nor prevent from making both upset with me. This is a difficult topic to discuss as I balance between a Christian world I know (and love mostly) that I have […]


It was the end of my sophomore year in college and it had been a stressful semester. The stress of the semester had left me tired, and spiritually I needed relief. Like many Christian universities, chapel was an everyday occurrence and one that I didn’t look forward to sometimes. Like many theology majors, I sat […]


My wife and I recently discovered that she was carrying a child. As a result of this life-changing experience, a very basic theological question arose in my family. It was a question related to the Christian sacrament, or ordinance, of baptism. The reason the question arose was because both of us have a non-Reformed denominational […]


*DISCLAIMER: IF YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT UP ON THE WALKING DEAD DO NOT READ FURTHER* So what does this post apocalyptic show with murderous zombies and now a power hungry ‘governor’ have to do with the pastoral role of preaching the word and leading a community of believers? Much actually if we understand that all […]


We discover the heart of God in Scripture both through his acts of redemption and judgment. Our attention needs to arise when we hear the iconic, “Woe unto you….” A Woe Oracle was more than a generic “Hey you, listen”; it warned recipients of impending judgment unless repentance ensued. The Woe Oracle takes on particularly […]


There are some scriptures that, when read aloud in corporate gatherings, make me chuckle. My chuckle, however, does not emanate from a wellspring of gladness or joy. Instead, these particular chuckles serve to quietly accent the hypocrisy that is defiantly being propagated from the pulpit to the pew, and noxiously proliferating the atmosphere. We are […]


I am beginning this series on the doctrine of apostolic succession for two reasons. The first is that I am extremely interested in arguments concerning authority structures within Christendom. One struggle I have faced in my Christian walk is determining who has final authority over the interpretation of Scripture and the propagation of the Christian […]


Read my first post on this issue here. My first blog entry was titled, “The Church is Israel.” In that entry I tried to argue that God has ONE covenant community. These are His chosen people, the apple of His eye, and there is no other body of individuals that rivals them. However, it seems […]


The two leading schools of thought concerning Israel and their relation to the Church are Dispensational Theology and Replacement Theology. Dispensational Theology sees Israel and the Church as two separate entities. Replacement Theology teaches that the Church has replaced Israel. I take an alternate view that I believe to fall somewhere in between these two […]