The Blessing of Reading Church History

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Have you looked at the Calendar lately? It is almost October!! Can you believe it?! I am in shock at how fast this year has gone for me (maybe for you also). 2018 has flown by! Now here we are at month number 10. Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and then Christmas (of course, if you shop at Hobby Lobby, you have been in the Christmas mood since May, lol).

Now, I don’t follow a church calendar per se. But then again, maybe I do. In Spring, I celebrate Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday (Easter). In October, I celebrate the Reformation.… Continue reading

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Reprise: Is Rome a Christian Church?

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Note:I am running this reprise about the theology of the Roman Catholic church in anticipation of my next post.  And yes that is a teaser.

There has been a lot of talk in recent months about evangelicals, Roman vaticanCatholics and the pope. Whether John Piper’s recent tweet, or the recent march of Evangelical leaders to the Vatican, or the unprecedented interest among prominent evangelical celebrities in the most recent papal election, many are asking anew, or for the first time, is Rome a Christian church and are Catholics brothers in Christ?

Mike Gendron from Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries ruffled more than a few feathers when he said:

“I’m very concerned because what this does is it confuses the average evangelical.

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Put The X Back In Xmas!

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Over the past several years a new article of faith has seemed to pass into the pail of orthodoxy in certain corners of the evangelical world, that there is a “war” on Christmas. Some people seem positively determined to interpret every bit of available data as evidence that there is a vast conspiracy whose goal is to stamp out Christmas, and to especially stamp out any Christian association with Christmas. Quite frankly, I’m not buying it, and I’m annoyed, saddened and offended by much of it.  I am saddened that some Christians so quickly disregard the command to live peaceably with all people (as much as it is up to them) and take offence at cashiers following their employer’s instruction and saying “happy holidays” to their customers and angrily replying “merry Christmas” (see Rom 12:14-21).Continue reading

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A Christmas Song that Doesn’t Belong … But Does

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There is a well-known song from my childhood from the TV show “Sesame Street,” in which 4-objects would be shown on the screen—3 being the same and 1 being different, like 3 shoes and a hat. The narrator would then sing …

“One of these things is not like the other. One of these doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the other, By the time I finish this song.”

As a 3-6 year old, this was very exciting, and I always guessed perfectly before the end of the song (my mom always said I was a smart child, haha 🙂 ).… Continue reading

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The Five Solas & Your Spiritual Health

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This month marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Reformation; 500 years since a Roman Catholic priest and professor of theology published and presented ninety five propositions (“95 Theses”), expressing his points of contention regarding the sale of indulgences.  Martin Luther’s straightforward invitation to debate the practice of selling indulgences set in motion a dramatic recovery of the biblical Gospel, which had long been obscured amid centuries of innovative traditions in the Roman Catholic Church.

Since the days of the Reformation, efforts to summarize the key doctrines that under-girded and supported it have often led theologians to the themes of what eventually came to be known as the “Five Solas.”  The Five Solas are five biblical doctrines that the Protestant reformers were committed (despite their many differences) to recovering through their teaching and to applying in the establishment of new churches following their divisions with the Roman Church.… Continue reading

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