The ABCs of Faith – Arianism!

I grew up in a church called "Trinity."  As I learned about what Christians believed, I eventually learned about the doctrine of the Trinity: there is one God who exists as Father, Son and Spirit.  Over the years, perhaps especially in my later teens when I first began to learn about and meet people who … Continue reading The ABCs of Faith – Arianism!

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The ABCs of Faith -Marcion and Gnostics!

Last night was our third week in our series The ABCs of Faith: How Good Theology Leads to Spiritual Maturity Through Actions, Belief and Connections.  After discussing a basic understanding of God (God is the infinite, being itself, set apart from all beings in a category his own who creates the universe as separate from … Continue reading The ABCs of Faith -Marcion and Gnostics!

The ABCs of Faith: How Good Theology Leads to Spiritual Maturity

This semester on campus, CSF is studying how what we think about God ties in with our actions, attitudes and experiences.  In an effort to be creative, I titled the series "The ABCs of Faith."  A is for actions/attitudes.  B is for Belief.  Finally, there is "Experience" such as prayer and worship, which I shifted … Continue reading The ABCs of Faith: How Good Theology Leads to Spiritual Maturity

#2 – The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (My 100 Favorite Books)

What is there to say about these books that has not already been said?  I suppose everyone who loves this story has their own personal story of how they discovered them.  My story is actually rather regretful.  I think it was 5th or 6th grade when I first picked up the Hobbit and I gave … Continue reading #2 – The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (My 100 Favorite Books)

#3 – A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving (My 100 Favorite Books)

First of all, this book is a piece of brilliant writing and fantastic story-telling.  It is easy to fall in love with the diminutive and irreverent Owen Meany.  John Irving is a great writer, though as I note that, I realize I've only read one of his other books.  Perhaps I should check out his … Continue reading #3 – A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving (My 100 Favorite Books)

#4 – What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey (My 100 Favorite Books)

This book changed my life. Throughout my teenage years, I mostly read Star Wars novels.  Eventually I got into fantasy.  At some point, I decided to move out of the realm of fiction and read some books that might help my faith.  I had been a Christian as long as I remembered and had read … Continue reading #4 – What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey (My 100 Favorite Books)

#6 – The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (My 100 Favorite Books)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an amazing person who lived quite an extraordinary life.  Its worth your time, if you haven't already, to read one of the available biographies about him.  I recommend Charles Marsh's Strange Glory: The Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Though I have to admit, Bonhoeffer comes across as kind of a spoiled brat in … Continue reading #6 – The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (My 100 Favorite Books)