Theological Hypocrisy And Humility

Something that Reformed believers are regularly rebuked for is their passion for exposing false prophecy and unbiblical teaching. I’ve been as “guilty” of this passion as the next person, and I say “guilty” because I definitely don’t hold the popular opinion that exposing false doctrine is on the Top Three Worst Sins list. But I…

Contend For The Faith

I grew up going to church, but I never heard much about the book of Jude. It sits in the very back of the Bible next to Revelation – somewhat dwarfed in contrast – and there isn’t generally a whole lot of attention paid to it compared to some of the other epistles and gospel…

What Does “God Is Loving” Mean?

Love is arguably one of the attributes of God that people most often twist and tarnish. R.C. Sproul says that “the problem in our culture is a view of God that carries with it a cheap view of love, and a sense of love by which all the other attributes of God are removed or…

Children, Culture, and the Church

With each passing year spent on this earth – and there haven’t been many years for me yet, which makes the matter even more disturbing – I realize more and more just how extensively the culture around us has influenced the American church. One of the biggest reasons why this influence has been undisturbed for…

Theological Compromise Won’t Unify The Church

There is an incredibly popular sentiment in contemporary Christian interactions regarding unity and division. You may have heard it before, especially if you’ve been involved in any conversations that fall even a little bit into the “comment war” category. It goes something like this: Why does [insert theological topic] matter to you so much? Just…

Do More of What Makes You Holy

Should Christians care about self-care? Self-love and self-care are both popular concepts in our society. There’s plenty of polarization to be found within the church’s discussions on whether these practices and attitudes should occupy any major part of the Christian life. They are definitely prominent aspects of the life of the secular (or otherwise non-Christian)…

Head Coverings, Part 2: The Issues at Hand

I recently wrote a post explaining my heart behind the decision to start wearing cloth head coverings for corporate worship and promised I would continue the series with a post about the arguments that compelled me. Our traveling and holiday seasons hit us pretty hard soon after the first part was published, and I’m just…

Start Caring About Sound Worship

I tend to write about “hot topics” just past the point where they are becoming tedious to hear about. It’s probably one of my more irksome characteristics, but I’ll tell you the reason behind it: It’s easy to get caught up in the clamor surrounding a specific story or issue and totally miss its broader…

We Need More Domestic Theologians

Contemporary Christianity provides us with a picture of godly womanhood that revolves around a multitude of sweet nothings. I have spent most of my time on earth entrenched in Western church culture and this is the bulk of what I learned about “biblical womanhood” for the first nineteen years of my life: Preserve your virginity. Do…

Head Coverings, Part 1: My Personal Journey

Before beginning my foray into formal theological study a few years ago, I had never heard a single person in the church openly indicate (or even imply) that the passage on female head covering in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is to be applied in the Christian church today. I’ve been going to church since I was in…

Love and the God of Reformed Theology

In the years leading up to my transition to Reformed doctrine and in the years I’ve spent formally studying non-Reformed theology since then, one interesting objection to Calvinism has come up over and over, and I just cannot leave it alone any longer. It goes something like this: “Calvinism cannot be true . . . I…

Don’t Run From Theological Labels

There is a paradoxical problem in our culture where on one hand we need to allow for more nuance and middle ground – especially in political discourse – and on another hand, we need to be more bold about assigning ourselves to specific categories. Regarding the latter, I think theology is a big area where…