Much of our discussion about the doctrine of the scriptures centers around the doctrine of inerrancy. This is usually in reaction to those who would say that the scriptures are unreliable and unfaithful sometimes theologically, but also with respect to matters of science and history. They might be spiritually helpful or something like that, but … Continue reading What Do We Really Mean by “Inerrancy”?
When I worked at a camp there were a few instances where I got various versions of the question, “how do we know that the Muslims aren’t right?” It’s an interesting question that I think requires us to think about the differences between the fundamental claims of various religions. In our culture, which often seeks … Continue reading Mormonism, Islam, and Christianity: One of These Things is Not Like the Other
Amidst all of the celebration, amidst all of the talk of Luther’s “discovery” of the Gospel, amidst all of the rousing renditions of “A Mighty Fortress,” I believe we’ve missed part of the story. Usually the story goes something like this: back in the day the “Catholic” church had stopped listening to the Bible. People … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Reformation
While the missionary spirit is central to the Christian church, I am often concerned that the way we talk about mission and evangelism can be harmful and counterproductive. This article is kind of a shotgun approach to a lot of problems I’ve seen. Hopefully, in identifying why some of these ways of talking are problematic, … Continue reading Eight Bad Ways We Talk About Mission & Evangelism
Those of us from a tradition in the magisterial reformation (i.e. Lutheranism, the Reformed, and to a certain extent Anglicanism) have the privilege of having confessional documents that define what we believe, teach, and confess. These documents arose out of various historical situations during the Reformation when Christians from these traditions needed to make it … Continue reading What’s the Point of the Confessions?
It’s not uncommon for people who are new to Christianity to be bewildered and overwhelmed by the countless denominations and churches out there. Furthermore, to many outside the faith the existence of so many conflicting groups seems to throw into doubt Christianity as a whole. After all, no sensible God would allow this kind of … Continue reading What’s Up With All These Denominations?
When comforting someone who is single, it’s not uncommon for people to say something like, “Oh, I’m sure God has someone picked out just for you.” It’s well-intentioned, and I guess there’s a sense in which it might be true, but if the article title didn’t give it away for you, I think this idea … Continue reading God Does Not Have Someone Picked Out For You