Monday, March 29, 2021

Good News for the Woke


Introduction

The woke movement is a works-based religion. By nature, work-based religions contradict themselves. They require you to earn your own righteousness, yet your own righteousness is never enough for genuine acceptance or assurance. Religions such as these place you at the bottom of a downward-moving escalator that is running toward the floor faster than you could ever climb upward.

"There's rest at the top," you're told. But no one has ever been there.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Great 3:16s of the Bible

 


For some time, I've been fascinated with the 3:16s of the Bible and how they tell much of the story that God has written -- particularly on the topic of redemption. So, on this 3-16 day, I thought I'd put together a compilation of such verses for some fun edification.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Four Heresies All Mormons Believe



To hear a full conference-style presentation of these issues, please refer to my YouTube channel to see parts one and two.

"Mormonism" is a large, nuanced religion that contains a wide range of beliefs, varying from member to member. However, there are at least four beliefs that every Latter-day Saint holds to, being definitional to the religion in some sense. Each of these four beliefs is heretical, meaning it rejects clear, biblical teaching on the issue. To learn more about what those teachings are, check out this episode of the Do Theology podcast, as well as this chart.


Update: I joined Aaron Shafovaloff for a discussion of this article on his YouTube channel.


1. "The Book of Mormon is true."

This is the most fundamental point of Mormonism. The Latter-day Saint missionaries knocking at your door have one immediate goal in mind: to introduce you to a new testament of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon. It is their goal for you to bear a "testimony" of this cornerstone scripture of their faith.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Postmillennialism in Vogue

 


I was recently asked what big theological issue is burning hottest in the current, broad Evangelical conversation. There are many ways to answer that question, but what first came to mind is the issue of postmillennialism. Before I continue, it would be good for this issue to be defined. Here's a summary from one of my go-to theology sites on the internet.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

What's True for You Is True for You

 




Introduction

There are many decisions we have to make in life that are uncertain. We do our best to hear out all sides, weighing the pros and cons, only to be found a little more confused than when we first started considering these things. This is the most complicated when we're dealing with an issue that is totally subjective, meaning it's a matter of opinion. When there's no "Right vs. Wrong" element, we sometimes feel at a total loss regarding the best choice to make.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Resolve to Inconvenience Yourself


Monday will be the day that many of us get serious about doing better things in 2021. You have goals and dreams -- and that's good. An aspect of Christian stewardship is improving and growing. You should desire to take the gifts God has given you and "excel still more," (1 Thessalonians 4).

This year, many people will be even more serious about making 2021 a better year than the previous one. Let's face it -- 2020 was difficult and presented a variety of unique challenges. But we should not shake our fists at the heavens, as I noted on Facebook earlier this week.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

My Top 5 Most-Viewed Articles of 2020

 Much can be (and has been) said about 2020. For JeremyHoward.net, 2020 was the most successful year yet in terms of traffic. Here are my top five most-viewed articles of the year that was.





5. It's Not Enough: Dustin Kensrue's Turning Away 

Published November 26, 2019

5,000+ views in 2020

This is my explanation of how once-orthodox rocker Dustin Kensrue evolved into a process theologian. At one time, he wrote great songs for the church. Now he mocks evangelical Christianity.







4. 2020: A Christian Music Review

Published December 21, 2020

5,000+ views in 2020

Each year I release a catalog of the year's best Christian music. Tim Challies shares it every year, which helps drive traffic to the site. I'm thankful for that -- and I'm thankful to all of you who look forward to it each year!





3. Stop Inviting the Holy Spirit to Your Church

Published August 17, 2017

6,000+ views in 2020

This is one of the rare articles on my site (perhaps the only article) that gains views each year since publication. The comments on this one are interesting, so you may want to scroll down and look at those.




2. The State of the Conservative Christian Union

Published February 11, 2020

9,500+ views in 2020

In this article, I did my best to articulate the climate of conservative evangelicalism. It's a fascinating and ever-changing world. These days, it's important to know who stands where -- and to know who you can trust.




1. Good Mythical Morning: Not Christian Programming

Published March 1, 2020

13,000+ views in 2020

This is the sad story of two "internetainers" who, at one time, lived Christian lives, then turned away from the faith. The article walks through what they've recounted about their faith and then provides a Christian analysis.

Monday, December 21, 2020

2020: A Christian Music Review




"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world."
Martin Luther

Monday, December 7, 2020

Grace to Change Your Mind


Listen to this article


A Bit Reactionary

When Covid-19 first began to change our lives, each of us developed an opinion on the fly. I'm talking about the days before masks, way back when there was still snow on the ground from last winter. Those days seem like they should be read about in a history book somewhere, but we're still using the same calendar now that we were then. I digress.

Remember when all of those initial assessments of the virus were zipping around everywhere we looked?

"It's just the flu."

"It will kill us all."

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Is God the Standard of Morality?

 


Below is the transcript of my opening statement from my debate with Benjamin Watkins regarding the topic, Is God the Standard of Morality? You can listen to the debate here.


The Creator is absolutely free to glorify Himself by governing His creatures according to His will alone.

This is a debate about authority. The title, “Is God the Standard of Morality?”, is full of implications. It assumes that God is, that morality exists, and that there are appropriate standards by which we judge the world around us. All three of these implications are right and true, and all people are held responsible for recognizing them.