The Anxiety of Prosperity Theology

I often hear people say, “If God is going to bless us, we must believe fervently without any doubts that God will bless us. We must claim our blessing with full assurance that we will get it.” But we don’t see that here, nor do we see that attitude in other places in the Bible.…

Marriage is More Than Commitment

“Marriage isn’t about your happiness; it’s about your holiness.” “Marriage isn’t primarily about being ‘in love’; it’s about covenant-keeping.” Maybe you’ve heard something similar to those lines in a recent sermon/book/blog post on marriage. I have. In fact, I’ve said those very things in sermons. Yet, I think that it can be possible to push…

Come Home: A Theology of Exile and Return

God created Adam and Eve as His imager-bearers in the world (Genesis 1:26-27). They had a relationship with God (they were “sons” of God) and also they had a commission over creation to be servant kings.[1] Although not specifically part of the imago dei, God marked off humanity with sexual complementarity for the basis of…

A Ministry Discussion with Jordan Jones, Pt. 2

This series of posts is based upon an email exchange with my friend who is also a pastor in Northern Kentucky, Jordan Jones. He oversees the youth ministry of his church, while I primarily oversee the Community Groups at mine. To see where God is at work in our churches and lives, we are discussing various…

There Is No Other

It must be the case that God stands behind good and evil in somewhat different ways; that is, he stands behind good and evil asymetrically...In other words, if I sin, I cannot possibly do so outside the bounds of God's sovereignty (or the many text already cited have no meaning), but I alone am responsible for…