What is Religion? 5 Views

What is religion? What does it consist in? How does one know that one is religious? What is religion for? There seems to be 5 operative definitions of religion in contemporary culture: 1) Religion as Therapeutic 2) Religion as Moral Education 3) Religion as a Family Tradition 4) Religion as a Business Exchange 5) Religion […]

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Tattoos, Christian Liberty, and Redemptive History

We were blessed to have Dr. Alex Tseng recently contribute a thoughtful piece on Tobacco, Tattoos, and the Chinese Church which handled the concepts quite well. In this follow-up piece, I am hoping to proclaim a resounding yes and Amen to everything that Dr. Tseng said in that piece while also attempting to focus in […]

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Gregg Allison: Roman Catholic Theology and Practice

This is a guest post by Dr. Gregg R. Allison, professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This material is adapted from his recently released Crossway book, Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment. He is also the author of Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Zondervan, 2011) and Sojourners […]

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On ISIS: What Era Would I like to Live In?

Everyone’s got an idealised time period in their minds. In theological scholarship, I find Reformed people often referring back to the period of high Reformed scholasticism – an appeal to said period was often seen to be sufficient to justify a particular theological claim. “Prof. So and So says this, but the Reformed in the […]

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Travel, Scripture, and Chinese New Year.

Meeting people from different cultures exposes us to significant blind-spots. Even in a non-Christian context this is easily observable; spend a day in Brazil and you would find that time is seen to be more flexible there – people come and go into each other’s homes as they please, even until well after midnight. There, […]

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In What Sense is God Bigger than the Bible?

God is certainly bigger than the Bible. However, this soundbyte can, and have been, abused – so here I draw a sketch on what the phrase may mean and doesn’t mean. First, then, the positive sketch. God is bigger than the Bible in the sense that he exists prior to it and is ontologically independent of […]

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On Alienation and Cotton-Candy Theology

Now that its almost Christmas, a series of deadlines have passed, and one could finally find the time to write a post again. Upon first becoming a Christian I found myself attracted to the seeker-sensitive model of worship. More specifically, the model prescribes that whatever was found on a sunday morning in church should be […]

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A Radical Consistency: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

I spent much time this semester translating and reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). The message of Jesus is radical. We may be Christians all our lives, such that the Sermon has become so familiar to us that we miss the weight of that which he demands of us. Some examples from the […]

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10 Myths Commonly Believed About Infant Baptism

The Evangelical church at large today seems to often misrepresent and misunderstand Infant Baptism in a number of ways. This list should not be seen as comprehensive or extensive. It is really just a cursory look at some of the common misunderstandings. It should also not be seen as a diatribe against any particular position, […]

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