Friday, September 9, 2016

First Things First: Substitutionary Atonement

In this series, I'll be going through the first column of my doctrinal perspectives chart, defining topics and defending their priority. Reference the chart for more information.

Doctrine: Substitutionary Atonement

Definition: Jesus, who is God, died on the cross in the place of man, who is utterly sinful, meeting the demands of God's justice and wrath because man could never do it himself.


Why it's primary: First, please note that I've written fuller thoughts on this subject in a book that's free to you. Subscribe to my website on the right side of your screen, and you'll receive a link in your e-mail.


All of history points to the cross. Events in the past pointed toward the coming of the Messiah and His death. Events in the present and in the future flow out of the once-for-all sacrifice that changed the world forever. When Jesus took on death, everything changed.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

First Things First: Unique nature of Christ

In this series, I'll be going through the first column of my doctrinal perspectives chart, defining each topic and defending its priority. Reference the chart for more information.

Doctrine: Unique nature of Christ


Definition: Jesus is the eternal God, coming to earth as 100% God and 100% man, being born of a virgin, possessing no sinful nature, and never committing any act of evil


Why it's primary: The identity and particular nature of Christ is of paramount importance in theological discussion and development. Because Jesus is the supreme focus of the Christian religion (and all of human history, for that matter), some aspects of His nature must be prerequisite convictions for any person to claim identification with Him and His people.


Monday, August 15, 2016

First Things First: Sinfulness of Man

In this series, I'll be going through the first column of my doctrinal perspectives chart, defining each topic and defending its priority. Reference the chart for more information.

Doctrine: Sinfulness of man

Definition: Every human being possesses a depraved nature from conception, is bent toward disobedience, and is separated from God, rendering each one the title of "sinner."


Why it's primary: The sinfulness of man is a topic that is discussed thoroughly in Scripture. Several passages of the Bible describe the fallen state of people, whether it's a snapshot of a particularly sinful scene or a theological exposé on human nature. The two passages that define this doctrine most clearly are Genesis 3 and Romans 5.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fences and Fountains

We just got back from vacation. I really wanted to be able to think about things during this trip without any distractions. That happened..sort of.
Last night I went for a walk with Jackson -- just me and him -- as Melissa and Matthias stayed in the hotel room to rest. Jackson had been particularly disobedient yesterday, so I wanted to spend time with him and tell him (again and again) that disobedience is sin and that Jesus is God and He can take away his sin.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

REVIEW: Kings K & Christian F-Bombs

I typically save all of my Christian music reviews for my end-of-year recap. If you haven't seen those, you can find 2014 here and 2015 here. Since the album I'm discussing in this article won't be featured on the 2016 list, it makes sense to talk about it now.

With much anticipation I awaited the new Kings Kaleidoscope album that released earlier this month. Their sound is very unique as they incorporate a broad spectrum of instruments in their music. Lead singer Chad Gardner has major pipes and can really belt out some loud and full notes. I ranked their album "Becoming Who We Are" #3 in 2014 for these reasons, combined with their commitment to biblical teaching in their songs.