“Doctrine”: a bad word or a good one?

“Doctrinal warmongering.”  That is a phrase I have been using here in the blog on occasion to describe the rather uncivil theological discourse taking place through social media.  When Christians see those claiming some theological competence clanging swords against others claiming similar competence, then the anti-intellectualism I have been writing about becomes an natural response….

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How Pornography Decontextualizes Sex

After seven years of college ministry and with two small sons under my care, I have been burdened over the last six months to preach, teach, and write on the unpleasant topic of pornography.  Here are the previous posts so far: “‘Sexology’“…; “Preaching on Pornography.” For this post, I am arguing that porn decontextualizes sex…….

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Review of Faith Without Illusions at Unsettled Christianity

Joel Watts is open about the fact that he struggles with cynicism.  So it is quite daunting to know that such a sharp, theologically astute young man with cynical leanings is reading Faith Without Illusions.  His blog, Unsettled Christianity, is one of the most visited biblioblogs out there, and he cranks out multiple posts every…

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Top 10 Biblioblog: Not sure who to thank… but thanks!

In the midst of storm damage of unprecedented proportions in my state, and in the midst of announcements about a clandestine raid in Pakistan, I received the profoundly less important news that mine and Joel’s blog was voted into the top ten biblioblogs for the month of April.  This came as a complete surprise.  I…

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Creation needs Salvation: Worshiping with Beheaded Trees

Our church met outside last Sunday.  Power was still out.  The sermon was delivered from the flatbed of an 18-wheeler.  Behind our pastor’s head was a scarred landscape.  A crude notch had been etched into the vista.  Stems of trees with shredded tips stood feebly within earshot of the sermon.  With an occasional gentle breeze…

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