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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
The practices of the mystery religions give evidence that mankind is aware of a spiritual need, and that they have a confused, muddied, and, innate understanding of some of what is required to satisfy the religious need they feel. »
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
Getting the straight story on Charles Finney can be difficult. I believe those who dislike his theology inaccurately dismiss his ministry and I think those who like his revival ministry tend to whitewash his theology.
I am persuaded that Finney's revival ministry was more effective than his theological foes claim and I am convinced his theology was more aberrant than some fans of his ministry try to assert. »
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
The flesh has not changed over the centuries and many of God's people still prefer mastery of techniques and manipulation of powers to simple trust in the living God. »
Apparently the serpent was so clever that many people still do not catch the subtlety of his deception in Genesis 3! »
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
The key to understanding Romans 8:1 is understanding what Paul meant, not what our friends mean. »
We need not fear that Christian admonition will make saved people sin all the more. »
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
The issue of economic justice is hotly debated in the church.
While Scripture does not provide us with an economic system that all cultures of all times are required to implement, it does reveal many principles that will help us identify a just economic system, as well as just economic behavior by individuals. »
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
Why do we consider one thing more beautiful than another, and how can it be that, allowing for some differences in taste, we have a commonly shared sense of beauty? Secularists struggle with this mystery but Scripture reveals the answer. »
Monday, Jan. 14, 2013
Theologically Iglesia ni Cristo is a cult of Christianity because it denies essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
Sociologically the movement has cult-like elements as well.
We provide research resources for those who are confronted by this fast-growing religious movement. »
Some interpreters have been confused by the various, biblical uses of "repent" with regard to God. Does God repent and if so of what? What do we make of passages that say God cannot repent? The passages considered in their contexts and subsequently compared harmonize to clearly present important, biblical truth. »
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
The Louie Giglio affair seems to represent a kind of watershed moment for North American culture. Secular culture no longer seems content with Christians tolerating behaviors; it now seems we must think the right thoughts about them and lend our approval. How should Christians respond? »
Karl Barth rescued theology from classic liberalism but at what price? His theology is once again gaining major attention, although this time the early, Evangelical critiques have been largely dismissed from any discussion of Barth as caricatures of Barth's intent.
Are the early critiques flawed, or should we learn from them to take a more cautious look at the work of this theological giant? »
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012
The concepts of religious freedom and tolerance - allowing individuals to believe in, practice, and promote their religion of choice without repercussions - are legitimate and worthwhile.
They also play a role in interfaith activities and interreligious dialogue.
At the same time these worthwhile concepts are sometimes misused by abusive churches and other cults in attempts to stifle legitimate concerns, criticism, and/or legal action. »
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
There is nothing more refreshing than to encounter genuine integrity, and this is what David Kowalski finds in Ralph Woodrow, the Christian author of a big selling book that he took out of print for reasons of conscience -- who then wrote another book refuting this first one. »
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
Narconon is a residential program aimed at treating substance abusers. The problem? Its approach is based on the medical views of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, considered by most to amount to nothing but quackery. TIME magazine has referred to Narconon as "a classic vehicle for drawing addicts into the cult." »