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Living My Theology

One of the quickest ways to realize the differences between our professed and actual theology is to evaluate how we endure suffering. When moments of clarity strike that reveal the differences, don’t overlook them because it’s uncomfortable. Lean in, and grapple with the question, “What do I really believe?” And then live your theology.

What Calvinism Isn’t

Calvinism is a dirty word in many circles. This article addresses some stereotypes of Calvinists and focuses on what Calvinism isn’t while next week’s article will highlight what Calvinism is.

Was Jesus Born in a Barn, Cave, or House?

The question “Where was Jesus born?” is surprisingly tricky. The easy answer is, “In Bethlehem.” Yes, but where? The typical nativity scene features the holy family in a stable that looks like a barn, separate from the Inn, where there was no room. But is this accurate? Most historians and scholars say, “Not so much.”

Recovering our Fear

The following quote comes from Bonhoeffer’s sermon on the first Sunday of Advent in 1935 as Hitler’s power in Germany was increasing. Keep Bonhoeffer’s context in mind as you read this excerpt from this Advent sermon based out of Revelation 14:6-13.

Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?

How should Christians think about Hanukkah? This is a short overview of what Hanukkah is and how Christians can think about and interact with Hanukkah. 

Why We Give Up On Prayer

If you are tempted to quit praying, don’t. Christians have become children of God through faith. We do not pray I order to persuade or manipulate God to do what we want. No. We pray as children making our requests known to our Father in Heaven, trusting in his good judgement and timing.

Why Christians Eat Lobster While Obeying the Old Testament’s Sexual Laws

Why do Christians obey the Old Testament’s laws about sexuality but still eat shellfish? The reason why is found by understanding the different types of laws in the Old Testament and the nature of human sexuality.

Is Online Church a Real Church?

Judah Smith’s “The City Church” has caused a buzz with the release of ChurchHome, an online church for people around the world. This article explores what is faithfully admirable about this effort while also unpacking some serious concerns.

How Can a Good God Allow Suffering?

Why does God allow us to suffer? This is a question has led many to abandon their faith and turn to atheism. Terrible things happen to some really wonderful people, and it doesn’t always make sense. So how can we continue to live by faith and trust in God? 

Do False Teachers Concern You?

Do false teachers concern you? Do you ask theological questions about the books you read, music you listen to, shows you watch, or teachers you learn from? 

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