We have never lived in an age with so much information readily accessible. At the same time, we remain so ignorant and misinformed of much. Despite this wealth of information, so easily accessed on a myriad of devices, we still run with presuppositions and conclusions based on half truths and emotions. Along those lines, I have asked several people to describe to me what they think the Gospel message means, or what a Christian is. Most answers were not even close. I want to take a moment to clarify both, as succinctly as possible.
Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category
At some point, just about everyone asks about their purpose in life. Recently, I ran across a blog post that briefly explored the subject. While the author keeps a positive spin on it, he offers no solid answers. Thankfully, God does provide a response to this critical subject.
Salutations. Earlier this week, the father of a particular child died. The boy worried about his father’s soul, because the father did not believe in God. So, when the Pope visited his town, the tearful child whispered a question into the pope’s ear. “‘A little while ago my father passed away. He was a nonbeliever, but he had all four of his children baptized. He was a good man. Is dad in heaven?’” (more…)
Salutations. This article piggybacks a bit off of my previous two about doctrine. You can check them out here and here. In those articles, I made an argument that as Christians, we live in a culture focused around ‘petty theologies’ instead of holy living. I illustrate the critical, core theologies we must have, and how the Bible steers us not to have perfect theology, but implores us to walk a holy life filled with love. Today, I focus on that topic.
Recently, I have spent time thinking on the argument some have used to get me to join a traditional church. The argument goes that if I do not meet in an established church, that I do not come under the protective authority of leadership. As such, the chances I will wonder astray or fall into heresy increase significantly.
The only time I hear the question, “Are you prepared to die?,” is in the context of playing a very difficult video game. In our culture, we tend to avoid this particular topic whenever possible. Sure, our older relatives pass on, and in one way or another most of us face death. Yet, I cannot even recall a single time where my parents, teachers or mentors asked me this questions. I never gave it serious thought until I had a pastor ask me during a sermon. We should ask ourselves this questions, sooner rather than later, as the Bible also warns us to make ready.