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A Brief Word on Aversions and Our Need to Actually Fight

By |2017-12-09T18:38:01-05:00December 9th, 2017|Blog|

One thing the Church is good at is lobbing water balloons over the trenches during battle (thinking that somehow we are doing something helpful), all the while the enemy's .50 cal is mowing us down. Worse yet, many stand back thinking that they shouldn't even throw a water balloon, let alone engage in any form of battle. Unfortunately, at this point, I've already offended someone with the analogy. Our aversion to cultural engagement comes from a thorough conviction that Jesus would't want it that way, which is fueled by a quasi-Gnostic dualism that rejects any material "victory" in history. After all, [...]

Biblical Worldview Seminar

By |2017-02-02T13:57:37-05:00February 2nd, 2017|Blog|

This past Saturday night I joined up with my friend Pastor Eric Stewart from ONElife Church in Flint, MI to teach on what it means to have a covenantal, biblical worldview. I taught two sessions, called "Worldview Foundation," and "Worldview Application." Eric and his wife Lori walked through what it looks like to understand family (and church) in a covenantal way. The videos are all below.

Applying the Covenantal Worldview

By |2017-01-04T14:23:19-05:00January 4th, 2017|Blog|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. ------------------ My previous article released last month called, “Understanding God’s Covenantal World,” was meant to introduce you to the truly biblical way of looking at God and His relationship to the world. I am convinced that getting this paradigm right will absolutely equip you to tackle any issue you may face. The reason, of course, is because once we get a solid worldview in place, we can, as Paul says, “Destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey [...]

Understanding God’s Covenantal World

By |2016-12-20T08:54:02-05:00December 20th, 2016|Blog|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. ------------ One of the most revolutionary ideas for me was understanding God’s covenants. What I don’t mean by that is doing fun little Sunday School studies on the Noahic Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, Davidic Covenant and New Covenant. All of those, like a jigsaw puzzle, fit together to form what Reformed theologians have taught for centuries, the covenant of grace. With Adam and Eve in Eden, we have the covenant of works, or as it is sometimes called, the covenant of creation. Everything after Genesis 3, and leading up to the New [...]

The Problem of Pietism

By |2016-12-03T21:56:29-05:00December 3rd, 2016|Blog|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. ------------------------ I need to confess something to you right off the bat. If you’re anything like me, you oftentimes get this re-occurring feeling of wishing “you knew back then what you know now” sort of thing. It happens to me a lot—for I could have spared myself from some trouble!—but alas, we live, we grow, and we learn. At any rate, the confession I have is this: I wish I knew then how much pietism was ingrained in me. I hate the feeling of knowing something now and realizing how much help [...]

Satan: The Unruly Helminth

By |2016-05-02T09:53:00-05:00May 2nd, 2016|Blog|

Many Christians translate their New Testament's this way: "Greater is he that is in the world than He that is in you" (1 John 4:4). Here's what the text actually says: "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." The Bible makes several things clear about Satan and his demise. He has been disarmed, defeated, and triumphed over (Col. 2:15; Rev. 12:7f; Mark 3:27). He is "fallen" (Luke 10:18), and was "thrown" down out of heaven (Rev. 12:9). For the early Christians, he was crushed [...]

Is the World a Sinking Ship?

By |2018-04-26T21:10:44-05:00April 26th, 2016|Blog|

Perhaps you've heard this phrase before: "We don't polish brass on a sinking ship." Usually it's the pessimillennialists who say this, though I suppose even a humanist could agree with it. The meaning behind it is meant to convey the idea that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, and that it does no good to try and brighten things up. In other words, Satan owns the place, it is believed, and why would we try and changes things in the culture? After all, they say, we're here to just preach the gospel. We don't get caught up in [...]

Blood Moons? Shemitah? No.

By |2015-09-24T09:44:57-05:00September 24th, 2015|Blog|

If you haven't been privy to the latest evangelical fantastical craze, well, good for you. It's out there, though. People are talking about it, immersing their small group Bible studies in it, and (unfortunately) funding the perpetual pipeline of prophecy prognosticators by subscribing to their "secret" insight, duping Christians again with their obstreperous fanfare. Can I just say something? This isn't new. Many false teachers have come and gone in the twentieth century (remember this?), and apparently those in the twenty-first century continue to pick up the mantle. "We're living in the last days!" Of course we are. We have been [...]

Misunderstood Verses: Matthew 22:21

By |2014-10-15T15:02:44-05:00October 15th, 2014|Blog|

In light of the recent events in Alaska, North Carolina (see this, too), and Houston, I thought it would be appropriate to put together yet another quick look at an often misunderstood verse. This one is no stranger to misrepresentation, so I want to be careful with it. The passage: Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not [...]

Misunderstood Verses: Matthew 24:34

By |2014-08-12T11:51:38-05:00August 12th, 2014|Blog|

In light of this past week’s Learning Community class I taught called, “Eschatology in August,” I thought it would be a great opportunity to address a misunderstood verse that has a lot to do with the study of “end times.” Here is our verse in question: Truly, I say to you, this generation (genea) will not pass away until all these things take place. (Matthew 24:34) […]

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