About Zach Putthoff

Originally from Tonganoxie, KS, Zach, serves as pastor for preaching at Shepherd's Community Church, in Lafayette, CO. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies at the Moody Bible Institute and put in a few years of graduate level study in biblical counseling at The Master's University. Zach is happily married to his best friend Noelle, and has three awesome kids.

The Five Solas & Our Spiritual Health

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This month marks the 503rd anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Reformation; 503 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 in the Roman Catholic Church. 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 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… Continue reading

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God in a Feed Trough: The Surprising Sign of the Manger

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And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.

The more time that I spend over the years reading and thinking about the account of Jesus’ birth, the more I think…this is such a strange story!  By “story” I don’t mean “fiction.”  I simply mean that it is a truly peculiar string of events. Take the sign that accompanied the birth of the Christ-child. No, not the star that rested over the place of his birth. Not the angels appearing to announce his birth to shepherds. I’m talking about the surprising sign of a dingy manger.… Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit & the ‘Ordinary’ Christian Life

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Over the last couple of months I’ve been preaching through a series on what the Bible says about the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit; how the Holy Spirit works today.  As I’ve been coursing through the teaching of the New Testament on the ongoing works of the Spirit, what has stuck out to me are the repeated connections made in Scripture between the work of the Holy Spirit and what we might regard as the ordinary patterns and practices of the Christian life.  When we compare the emphasis of Scripture in regard to the ministry of the Holy Spirit to many (most?)… Continue reading

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Are You a Domineering Pastor?

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Entirely foreign to every sentence of the Bible is the concept that spiritual leadership is a place of power.  Though this concept is widely embraced, it is entirely contrary to Scripture.  Sadly, it seems to me that a great many Christians and even a great many Christian spiritual leaders have in one way or another failed to understand this.  In a typical Bible-preaching evangelical church in the United States, the pastor of the church is not uncommonly regarded by a healthy percentage of its members as the president and/or CEO of the church.  Sadder still, this is often how pastors in local churches have come to view themselves.… Continue reading

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On Faith, Works, the Lordship of Christ, and Assurance

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The relationship between faith and works as it’s described in the Bible is not a very complicated one.  “If you love me you will keep my commandments,” says Jesus.  “If you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live,” says Paul.  “Faith without works is dead,” says James.  Or as John says plainly, “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”  At least one major takeaway from all of this is that genuine faith in Jesus Christ – the kind that is required for a person to be brought into right standing with God – is a fruit-bearing faith. … Continue reading

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