We Christians love to talk about, preach about and live out “the gospel” but rarely define what we actually mean by this phrase. In one of the courses that I've been working on, we are discussing what the gospel is, which has got me thinking. Before you read my tentative answer, I would love to … Continue reading What is the Gospel? What is the Good News of Jesus?
I knew two Jim Croce songs growing up, Time in a Bottle and I Got a Name. This past year I went on a very long road trip with my Father-In-Law, who loves his music. When it was my turn to choose the CD (remember those?), out of curiosity I popped in Jim Croce's Greatest Hits. Within … Continue reading 50 Year Old Folk Song Lyrics that Confront Our Religious Hypocrisy
New Testament scholar Gordon Fee once said "Show me a church's songs and I'll show you their theology." Indeed, songs are very telling of a community's beliefs! Different denominations, and church movements sing different songs as they worship God in a corporate manner. Recently Cory Asbury (of Bethel Church in California, USA) has written a … Continue reading Is God’s Love Reckless? Should We Sing “Reckless Love”?
I have the privilege of studying theology. I get a lot of joy from wrestling with scripture, dialoguing with voices from the past and present, and thinking about what it all means for us as we live our day-to-day lives following Jesus. Recently I've been wrestling with Romans 5, where the early Church leader Paul … Continue reading I Hope Everyone Will Be Saved by Jesus (or I am Not Grieved by the Idea of Universalism)
It's true. Regardless of what we are talking about I'm pretty much always going to be "unfairly prejudiced for or against something/someone". I can try my very hardest to analyse, write about, and/or discuss a topic "objectively" but you should know that I'm bound to fail. My personhood has been too saturated by opinions coming … Continue reading Warning: I Am Biased (and So Are You)
By: Dave Froneman (my dear Father-in-law) At the tender age of six, the inevitability of death occurred to me and became part of my life. Life and death. I think it is good and even healthy to be thinking about death, but when one thinks about death MORE than life (as I often did) perhaps … Continue reading The Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God, Eternal Life and the Both/And
Many people are familiar with Psalm 14:1 and 53:1, where an ancient song-writer named David wrote "The fool says in his heart, 'There's no God.'" You may have used it to Bible-bash a modern atheist when she was giving you detailed scientific and philosophical arguments against God's existence which made you feel insecure. Or perhaps … Continue reading Sometimes I’m An Atheist (According to Psalm 14 & 53)
Recently I read an interview with the Reformed/Calvinist American theologian R.C. Sproul. He made a statement which puzzled me and stirred up my thinking. Dr. Sproul said "I haven't changed my theology over the years. I just teach the same things now I did 50 years ago." Really? "Is that even possible?" asks the early … Continue reading Should Our Views About God Change Over Time?
I remember the tone of voice my musician friend used when he told me his recent discovery. A tone of annoyance and disbelief. "Do you know that 'Christian music' is the only musical genre that is classified by lyrics?" It's true. A quick perusal of the Billboard Charts will confirm it. To put this in perspective … Continue reading Please Stop Saying “Christian Music”
"Read your Bible!" they say. "It is essential to the Christian life. Read it, study it, memorize it, meditate upon it and let it be your guide...But do not read it for knowledge. Rather, read it to get to know the Author. We read the word to get to know the Word. Knowledge puffs up! … Continue reading 3 Reasons We Should Read the Bible for Knowledge