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!
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
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)
CS Lewis is definitely one of my favorite authors of all time. His Narnia series was one of the first books I remember reading that gripped me and instilled a love of reading in me. Over the years I've read many of his books and am impressed by how wide-ranging the subjects are that he … Continue reading #9 – Mere Christianity by CS Lewis (My 100 Favorite Books)
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)
When I read this book, I described it to someone as a symphony where there is more going on then the average listener is getting. I recall asking my friend who recommended it if he understood what Hart was saying in the first 150 pages. In those pages, Hart is going deep into philosophy and … Continue reading #14 – The Beauty of the Infinite by David Bentley Hart (My 100 Favorite Books)
Dallas Willard is one of my all-time favorite authors, though I suppose any author in the top 1/4 of my list could be assume to be one of my all-time favorites! Recently I have thought long about how many Christians appear to want Jesus for essentially selfish reasons. We like the idea of going to … Continue reading #23 – The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (My 100 Favorite Books)
Jacques Ellul was a brilliant thinker, writing in both sociology (The Technological Society) and theology (The Presence of the Kingdom). His works are not fun to read, if anything, they nearly leave you hopeless. Some writers will paint a dark picture of the world and then end on a hopeful note, listing what we can … Continue reading #24 – Propaganda by Jacques Ellul (My 100 Favorite Books)
One of the biggest questions Christians face is how to square the message and life of Jesus with the portrayal of God in the Old Testament. Jesus taught nonviolence. Jesus chose to lay down his life and die on a cross rather than fight back. Christians believe Jesus was not just a great teacher, but … Continue reading #29 – Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Greg Boyd (My 100 Favorite Books)