An Open Letter To Online Polemics Fans

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I get the attraction to polemics, I really do.  In fact, I am a huge fan of polemics done well; I love God and love the truth about Him and I hate when errors about Him and how He works are propagated.  I am immensely thankful for polemical works like Matt Waymeyer’s Amillennialism and the Age To Come.

The reason why I mention Dr. Waymeyer’s work is because in many ways it is archetypal of what polemics should be.  It is thoughtful in the way it seeks to accurately understand and portray the position it is critiquing.  It is focused on theological ideas not on persons or individual local churches. … Continue reading

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Ministering to the Back-Sliding

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We’ve all known someone with a solid Christian history but currently seems to be waning, apathetic, or getting lazy. You know, the person whose history was so grand you would happily read the biography. She was knowledgable, loving, gracious, obedient, endured trials, and encouraged others. But something has happened. A life once marked as mature seems to be waning. We wrestle with concerning thoughts, doubt, and “Is he really saved?” It’s like maturity has stopped and the Lord isn’t there anymore.  We wonder, “Will he persevere?” If you’re like me, you wonder, “How do I minister to this person?”

The good news for us, there is a biblical blue print for us in Hebrews.… Continue reading

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If he is inviting me to my death, then I will come

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Martin Luther was a man with feet of clay. He was far from perfect. But one thing is undeniable, he was a man of courage. After his 95 Theses went viral, Luther lived with a cloud over his head. He remarked: “I am expecting the curses of Rome any day. I have everything in readiness. When they come, I am girded like Abraham to go I know not where, but sure of this, that God is everywhere.” After sending the Catholic church into a theological tail spin, Luther felt it was only a matter of time before he went the way of his forerunners like Hus and Wycliffe — that is, to the stake.… Continue reading

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The Not-Yet Transfigured Jesus

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Matthew 17 provides an interesting string of events in Jesus’s life on earth. The first event Jesus takes Peter, James, and John with Him and transfigures into His glorified state. Witnessing this was memorizing. Peter offers to commemorate this event with three shrines, one for Elijah, Moses, and Jesus. Afterwards, Jesus comes down from the mountain and encounters a man whose wants mercy and help for his demon possessed child. The stories should be familiar among all of us. But I fear, the message conveyed by this chapter often loses Matthew’s message. These events communicate an important truth. Keeping with Dr.… Continue reading

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Reprise: Still Be Discerning about Discernment Ministries

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inspector_pp“Although originally written two years ago, I believe this is still a topic that needs some serious thought. In fact, many of my concerns about many of these ministries have been magnified as some prominent ones have degenerated into de facto internet  gossip columns and platforms to pursue personal grudges against pastors,theologians and churches.”

One of the great things about being a 21st century believer is the dazzling array of resources that are literally at our fingertips. The internet, yes I said internet, can be a boon to the believer. Virtually every sermon in every church, at least in the western evangelical world, is recorded and available for free download.… Continue reading

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