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
PGA Tour golfer Bubba Watson is well known for his massive power, his pink driver shaft, his left-handed swing, and for twice winning the annual Masters Tournament (including this spectacular shot to seal his first win in 2012)
. But he is nearly as well known among die-hard PGA tour fans for having never taken an official golf lesson
. When he has a problem with a shot, or a consistent problem with his swing, it’s up to him to diagnose it – and he is evidently very good at it, as his results demonstrate.
However, Bubba’s independence is not the norm for most professional golfers – or anyone else in almost any other area of life.… Continue reading
In Part 1 of this post, found here, we determined the source and substance of Truth as it is presented in Scripture. In so doing we discovered that there are such things as true statements (truth) and false statements (lies). Therefore, having established that there is indeed such a concept and thing as Truth (notice my clever use of the capitol “T” there), we are now able to move on to examine how this fact – Truth – should affect the individual Christian, the Pastor, and the application of theology in our increasing Post-Modern, Post-Christian society.
Truth and the Individual Christian
It would seem a simple track to follow; that God’s Word is the truth, Christians want or at least should want to know more of God and the truth, therefore Scripture should be the standard by which they view all things.… Continue reading