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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

10 Things Learned from a Decade with Christ

A different-looking me getting baptized by Pastor Eddie Brown in the spring of 2008.

This week features multiple anniversaries in my home, each of them having to do with life and death. There's the anniversary of my wife's birth, the anniversary of my mom's passing, and the anniversary of my new birth. The last two are inextricably connected, as they happened simultaneously during the most vital days of my life. 

Ten years ago, in the first days of summer of 2006, tragedy touched my life in a way that it never had before and a way (Lord willing) it never will again. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

20 Questions for the Theistic Evolutionist

Theistic evolution is the belief that God used a macro-evolutionary process to create mankind. Charles Darwin held to this view, as he said, "probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed by the Creator."

Most theistic evolutionists attempt to reconcile the God of the Bible with the theory of evolution (as Darwin did, paraphrasing Genesis 2 above). This leads to many, many issues that are difficult to make compatible. Some of the issues are scientific in nature and others are spiritual.