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!
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!
Growing up, I was taught that Jesus had died for my sins so I could go to heaven when I died. As for what to do once you believed and were assured your spot on the other side of the pearly gates? Well, that was a bit more hazy beyond reading the Bible and praying … Continue reading #13 – The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann (My 100 Favorite Books)
How do you picture God? Who, or what, is God? Whatever people may say they believe, the way people talk about God points to a sort of God who is just a bigger or more powerful version of a human. This is common between both Christians and atheist. In common parlance, when God is spoken … Continue reading #31 – The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart (My 100 Favorite Books)
Who are the people in your life that you trust? Has anyone ever betrayed a trust? How does that feel? What would it take for you to trust them again? Read Psalm 25 The Psalm begins with a declaration of trust, "In you, Lord my God, I put my trust." After this the Psalm seems … Continue reading Who do you trust? (Psalm 25, Weekly Word)
"Daddy, what is faith?" I forget exactly what we were talking about when Junia asked me this question. Sometimes when I ask her to do something that appears risky, she hesitates, to which I say "Junia, have faith in me!" She has never been comfortable in the water, so we are working on that this … Continue reading Psalm 20 – Where’s Your Trust? (Weekly Word)
What is God truly like? This is a question I have wrestled with. My whole life I have heard people say, and have said myself, that God is a God of love and of justice. Your sin deserves God’s eternal and unending punishment, or wrath. You can avoid this punishment by trusting in Jesus for … Continue reading #71 – Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd (My 100 Favorite Books)
I preach 3-4 times per year at my church and have just been speaking with my pastor about the next sermon series I will be a part of. The topic it is looking like I am going to be speaking on is worship. With this topic, I am beginning to think about what I might … Continue reading What is Worship? – Psalm 18 (Weekly Word)
I love the work of those great Christian thinkers who hammered out the Trinitarian understanding of God in the early Church, so I had to include at least one of their works in my list. These early thinkers were so influential that I'd say we can believe God as a unity of three equally divine … Continue reading #79 – The Five Theological Orations by Gregory Nazianzus (My 100 Favorite Books)
Is it possible to make God into an idol? Yes. Do you view God as some really powerful being who hates who you hate, who favors your nation, who basically echoes your politics? Then your God is probably an idol. Of course, we're all tempted to take what we already think about politics, issues and … Continue reading #83 – The Idolatry of God by Peter Rollins (My 100 Favorite Books)