Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What if God doesn't give me a salary?

This article is written with a very specific group of people in mind. I often avoid writing to such a niche, but this topic has been on my mind for awhile now and I've been needing to get my thoughts out. Nevertheless, I hope that all Christian readers can get something out of this. Before I begin, some introduction is required.

The group to whom I write: Christians who desire to be in vocational ministry

Definition of vocational ministry: An occupation consisting of service in a church or parachurch organization as the main source of income for an individual

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Can you lose your salvation? (Part 2)

Many folks struggle with the concept of eternal security, the idea that if you're saved, you're always saved. Just as it is with every other teaching, it's quite legitimate to ask the question, "Is this doctrine biblical?"

Regarding eternal security, the answer is yes. If a person has been saved by God, that person will always be His child and will spend eternity as a co-heir with Christ (see Romans 8:17).

When engaging in conversation about a subject as important as this one, it's important that positive and negative approaches are both saturated with biblical insight and wisdom. Because there is a time to go on offense and time to go on defense, this topic will be discussed in two parts. First, I played offense and asked seven questions that may cause the other side of this argument to question his belief in maintaining salvation. Now I'll go on defense and answer some common objections to eternal security of the believer.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Can you lose your salvation? (Part 1)

Many folks struggle with the concept of eternal security, the idea that if you're saved, you're always saved. Just as it is with every other teaching, it's quite legitimate to ask the question, "Is this doctrine biblical?"

Regarding eternal security, the answer is yes. If a person has been saved by God, that person will always be His child and will spend eternity as a co-heir with Christ (see Romans 8:17).

When engaging in conversation about a subject as important as this one, it's important that positive and negative approaches are both saturated with biblical insight and wisdom. Because there is a time to go on offense and time to go on defense, this topic will be discussed in two parts. First, I'll play offense and ask seven questions that may cause the other side of this argument to question his belief in maintaining salvation.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Interview: Jonathan Ogden

I recently had the opportunity to converse with Jonathan Ogden, the front man for the UK-based band, Rivers & Robots. The band is a personal favorite of mine and earned the top spot in my 2014 and 2016 Christian music reviews.

This is the first audio interview I've done for the site, though I hope to do more in the future. I can't make any promises regarding frequency of uploads, but if you'd like to subscribe, you can do so here:

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I hope you enjoy the interview. Find out more about R&R here: riversandrobots.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When My High View of God Offends You


It's hard to offend people these days; that is, unless you have strong convictions about God.

I don't know much about William Paul Young (Wm. Paul Young, the author of The Shack). I know that he is really good at bad exegesis in short periods of time. I know that he has a new book coming out in which he explains how the statements, "God is in control," "You need to get saved," "Hell is separation from God," "The cross was God's idea," and "Sin separates us from God" are all lies. I know he went to Western Seminary. And I know that The Shack, his book-turned-movie, is proving to be another litmus test for the Christian culture.