Thoughts on Reading Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Apologetics and Theology

I did it. I finally did it. I read the entire Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth. What’s the big deal? This is no simple systematic theology. It is the size of an encyclopedia set. And […]

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Redefining Perfect – Review

Redefining Perfect

When a couple begins to have children, at least in the back of their mind, they are hoping for the “perfect” family. But what happens when a child is born with or an adult acquires […]

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Transcending Vision – Review

Transcending Vision

I have gotten to know Don McIntosh over the last couple of years and even wrote the foreword to his previous book. I was quite happy when he offered to send me his newest book, […]

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The Biggest Change in My Theology

Conversion

My theology has changed in many areas, from my understanding of creation to my view of the end times. But I would say that the biggest change has been my theology of conversion. I grew […]

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At the Intersection of Theology and Disability

Hope's Reason

Two of biggest interests that I have are theology and disability. Thankfully these two topics do intersect. When I wanted to talk about this, I knew exactly who I wanted to chat with. Keith Dow […]

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50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Review

Theology

As a pastor and Bible teacher, I see one of the most important needs as being greater knowledge of basic Christian theology. We have a small minority who devour theology books and a great majority […]

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Good News: Theology and Disability Paper

Good News

Two of the areas that I’m most interested in are theology and disabilities. When these two come together, I’m in my sweet spot. Some time ago I responded to a call for papers for the Summer […]

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Disability and the Gospel – Review

Disability and Faith

One aspect of working through ideas about disabilities is to develop a theology of disability. The Bible has some important things to say about disabilities. But how do they fit together and what is the […]

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A Theology of Autism

Autism

This is a lecture by theologian John Swinton that was given at the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability in 2011.

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4 Myths About Baptists

Baptists

I was not raised as a Baptist, but I feel very much at home within a Baptist church. However, when people find out that I’m a Baptist, I sometime encounter some stereotypical judgments about what […]

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My Eschatology Has Changed (But It’s Not the End of the World)

Eschatology

When we speak of eschatology, we must remember that there are a couple of aspects to this doctrine. It both refers to what will happen to the world when Jesus returns and what happens to […]

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Autism, Theology and Baptism

Baptism

I recently had the privilege of baptizing my daughter. For context, I’m a Baptist pastor and so we baptize believers as opposed to infants. While Emma is our first to be baptized, she is the […]

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A Plea for More Theological Pastors

Theological Pastors

What would be the reaction if you mentioned at a church function that you wanted to discuss theology? How many people would roll their eyes? I have often lamented the lack of interest in theology […]

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Understanding the Trinity

Orthodox Christianity includes an understand of God as a Trinity. There is one God, who is three persons. This is one of the most difficult doctrines for people to understand. Here are a number videos […]

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4 Questions to Ask When Talking About Heresy

Heresy

One of the concerns that I have had recently is how easily people throw around the heresy label. It seems that if a Christian overemphasizes or underemphasizes something more than we do, they are a […]

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Joni Eareckson Tada on a Theology of Suffering

Disability and Faith

Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, discusses the theology of suffering. She encourages us by explaining how suffering can be redeemed in a manner that glorifies God.

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Karl Barth on Christians and Death

Apologetics and Theology

How should Christians see death? Is death something to be feared? Should Christians look forward to death? In reflecting on these things, I really appreciate what Karl Barth has to say on this subject. The […]

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Karl Barth on the New Testament Hope

The New Testament presents a message of hope. But what is the content of that hope? I came across this summary of the New Testament hope by Karl Barth that I thought was very helpful. […]

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Theology of B.B. Warfield

Apologetics Journal

Fred G. Zaspel, The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010); 624 pp. Hdbk. Slowly but surely historians and theologians are starting to provide a proper assessment of the legacy of […]

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Does God Create People With Disabilities?

Disabilities

“The question arises, however, whether God creates people with disabilities. On the one hand—yes—insofar as people with impairments of one kind or another are persons created in the image of God. But on the other […]

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Devotions: Jude

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Jude 3. Like James, Jude was a half-brother of Jesus. His letter may be short but is filled with both theological and pastoral truth. One of Jude’s main concerns is the […]

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Skills for the Apologist

Would you like to be active as an apologist? Great! So what do you need to know to be an apologist? The common sense answer would be that an apologist needs to know about apologetics. […]

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Jim West, Karl Barth and Apologetics

Recently, Jim West posted on his blog something about Barth on ‘Apologetics.’ The fact that West puts apologetics in quotes gives us an idea of what he (not just Barth) thinks about apologetics. In the post […]

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The Johannine Comma and the Trinity

Apologetics and Theology

If you do not know what the Johannine Comma is, I will explain it to you (hint: it is not John’s punctuation). The best way to understand it is to compare 1 John in the […]

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The Trinity in the New Testament

People often point out that the trinity is not in the Bible. What they really mean by this is that the word ‘trinity’ is not in the Bible. The basic concept of the trinity is […]

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Gonna Find Me a Heretic

I often hear people complain that it is hard to get pastors into apologetics. I wouldn’t say our pastor is an apologetics junkie. He still bugs me about a picture of me on a Mexican […]

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Calvinism and Arminianism

I must admit that I am shocked at Calvinist attacks on Arminians. I am sure that there are Arminians that attack Calvinists, but I rarely see it. Maybe Arminians are not as zealous for their […]

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Summa Theologica

Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is one of the most important theological, philosophical and apologetics works ever written.  Here are some links to some free audio versions available for download.

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Reflections on Rob Bell

I must give a warning here, I have not yet read Love Wins, nor is this a response specifically to that book.  I must also say that I like Rob Bell.  I have watched a […]

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What is Heresy?

Heresy

There seems to be quite a bit of labeling of people as heretics in recent years.  It is easy to discount people with a label, but have people really thought through what this means?  The […]

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