Tag Archives: Theology

Utmost Importance: Rob Bell

On Justin Taylor’s blog, there is a video from Rob Bell promoting his new book, Love Wins.

In case you don’t know Rob Bell, he is the leader of Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan. He started Mars Hill in 1999 and in an article in Christianity Today, he states in part, “We’re rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life. Legal metaphors for faith don’t deliver a way of life…”

My thought on this is, if you have to “rediscover” Chrisitianity, what  exactly are you discovering?  Are you saying that historical Christianity is wrong?  Where is your scriptural basis to back up your theory? Continue reading

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Who Is This Blog For?

As a new follower of Christ what should our goal be? We should be longing to be taught. We should have a hunger for the Word of God. Of course, we have to have a starting point. A new believer should not, in my opinion, delve right in to the book of Revelation. We should, possibly, start at the gospel in John, or maybe Philippians, or possibly Romans.

Now, for someone who has been following Christ for a while, what should our goal be? The goal should be the same as a new believer! We should be longing to be taught. We should have a hunger for the Word of God. However, does that mean that we should continuously read John, or Philippians, or Romans? Yes, of course! But we must move Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – Is God Responsible For Evil?

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

If God is sovereign, is He responsible for evil?

No. Scripture says that when God finished His creation, He saw everything and declared it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Many Scriptures affirm that God is not the author of evil: “God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone” (James 1:13). “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33)-and if that is true, He cannot in any way be the author of evil.

Occasionally someone will quote Isaiah 45:7 (KJV) and claim it proves God made evil as a part of His creation: “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things” (emphasis added). Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – Does Doctrine Really Matter?

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

Is it enough to “believe in Jesus” in some amorphous sense that divorces “faith” from any particular doctrine about Him, or is doctrine–and the content of our faith–really important after all?

Scripture plainly teaches that we must be sound in the faith–which is to say that doctrine does matter (1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 4:2-3; Tit. 1:9; 2:1). It matters a lot.

“If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing” (1 Tim. 6:3-4, emphasis added). Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – Justification By Faith

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

The Reformation doctrine of justification by faith is, and has always been, the number one target of the enemy’s attack. It provides the foundation of the bridge that reconciles God and man–without that key doctrine, Christianity falls. But the doctrine that the Reformers so painstakingly clarified, even spilled blood over, has become so muddled today that many Protestants barely recognize it. Sadly, there are some who react against a clear presentation of justification, calling it nothing more than useless hair-splitting. Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – What Is Truth?

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

Ask anyone today, What is truth?, and you’re sure to start an interesting conversation. Try it on a university campus and you’re likely to receive laughter, scorn, and derision. The concept of truth has clearly fallen on hard times, and the consequences of rejecting it are ravaging human society. So let’s go back to the starting point and answer the question: What is truth?

One of the most profound and eternally significant questions in the Bible was posed by an unbeliever. Pilate—the man who handed Jesus over to be crucified—turned to Jesus in His final hour, and asked, “What is truth?” It was a rhetorical question, a cynical response to what Jesus had just revealed: “I have come into the world, to testify to the truth.” Continue reading

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It Can Be Dangerous to Have a “Leader”

There are some religions and/or denominations that have coined a leader, so to say. I say that this can be a dangerous thing. Maybe I am just blind to this fact, but I would say that Christianity does not have a human leader. Of course I know that Jesus is the leader of Christianity, so to say. When I reference people like John MacArthur, John Piper, Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, and others, yes, I view them as people who I would like to emulate in their walk with Christ, but I in no way view them as a leader of Christianity in the sense that other religions do. What I am getting at is that some religions have human leaders and/or false gods, and that makes them false religions. Continue reading

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Secondary Life Verses

My original “Life Verses” post has gotten more views than any other post on my blog. It has as of now, 3,384 hits. In comparison, my next most view post has 1,039. So over three times as many views! I truly am humbled at how many people read my blog. I started this blog originally just to jot down some of my thoughts. I never thought it would turn into this. Wow!

Anyway, back to the topic. As I wrote in my original “Life Verses” post, my life verse continues to be Romans 12:2. However, I regularly get comments asking me what some of my secondary life verses are. So, I will share some of these with you now. Continue reading

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So…Joel Osteen released a Bible huh?

I actually wish this was a joke, but sadly it is not.  Joel Osteen has written the “Hope for Today Bible.” Here is part of the description from the publisher:

“We are who the Bible says we are, we can have what it says we can have, and we can do all that it promises we can do.”

Well, as I see it, the Bible says that I am a sinner who has fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and what I deserve is death (Romans 6:23), but because God is a just God of mercy, He sent His Son to die for me so that I might live (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). Yes indeed, Christ became sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  However, to receive this gift of life that we don’t deserve, we have to deny ourselves and follow Him (Mark 8:34). We have to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31). Continue reading

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Responding to “Does Satan Exist” (Video Debate)

This blog is longer than I had originally intended, but I think it is a good read if I say so myself.

Here is the youtube link to the video. It was a “debate” among four people that was featured on ABC Nightline. It would probably be worth watching for you. It is about an hour long though, so be prepared for that.

Anyway, the issue was to examine if satan exists. That is actually not the main point I want to respond to with my writing today. The question I want to respond to was presented by the host of the debate. He asked, “how do you square the notion of a loving God with the existence of a devil?” Continue reading

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Everything That We Need

I can’t remember where I got this from, if I compiled or not – probably not – but it is a great mini-message.

Everything we need, Jesus is!

  • We need this bread that gives life – He is the bread of life.    John 6:35
  • We need eternal life – He is eternal life.    1 John 5:20
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Why Atheism Does Not Exist – Part 2

First, let me start off by saying that this really is not a continuation of the original post, but I titled this the same in order to bring back some of the readers and such. In addition, I will admit that I wrote the first post with the wrong motives in mind – I was writing it at a time when I had very few readers and I was trying to get more hits on my blog, yes, it was pathetic, I know. However, that is not to say I am changing my views, I stand behind what I wrote, but with this post, I am just going to look at the definition of atheism and why it is self-defeating.

My premise in making the statement, atheism does not exist, is based on the strict definition of atheism. So overall, I am saying at the most a person can be agnostic. I am not going to consider “weak atheism” vs. “strong atheism” because that is like saying “weak Christianity” vs. “strong Christianity” – it is a cop out. “Weak Christianity” doesn’t exist either. There are only two positions. Either you are a believer – one who has repented and placed faith in Jesus Christ – or you are a non-believer. Continue reading

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