IKEA Releases 100 Cats Into a Store and the Result is Beautiful
A big question when singing the whole Psalter is that of the imprecatory, vengeful psalms that call down curses on enemies. How do we sing them as Christians?
O Come O Come Emmanuel and save us from our insatiable need for speed.
Contemporary worship is inextricably linked to the Charismatic Movement of the 1960s and 70s where God was uniquely encountered in congregational singing.
Unless wheat drifts down
And is locked in the earth’s tomb
It can’t rise in spring
John Oswalt on the Centrality of Holiness (begin 20:53)
Although some will assume or argue that Christian orthodoxy is made up of an oppressively long list of doctrines used to subjugate and control people, history will confirm that Christian orthodoxy is most often expressed in a stunningly short list of beliefs that affirm the Holy Trinity and salvation offered in Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy as historically understood does not wed believers to a long inventory of theological, political, and social doctrines. Rather, orthodoxy as we are using the term here and as expressed in Christian history is made up of a relatively short list of core doctrines that have to do with the heart of the gospel.
Battles between “Science and Religion” and “Atheism and Faith” continue in academia and general culture. In this debate, Dr. Michael Ruse and Dr. Michael Peterson debate the issues of faith and science at the level of worldview explanation. Ruse defends atheistic naturalism and Peterson defends Christian theism as the superior worldview. Each argues that his perspective makes better sense of science, evolution, rationality, morality, and other important phenomena better than his opponent’s perspective.
For you Jesus Christ came into the world. For you he lived and showed God’s love. For you he suffered the darkness of Calvary and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished.’ For you he triumphed over death and rose to new life. For you he reigns at God’s right hand. All this he did for you, though you do not know it yet.
The book of Ruth, while only four chapters long, has so much richness in its original Hebrew language that is lost in the various translations out today.
Watch our Sowing Ceremony with Kevin Watson for as we prayerfully dedicate this work to the kingdom.
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The Heart of Wesley’s Theology: Via Henry H. Knight III
What is the heart of Wesley’s theology? What does it means to be a Wesleyan? Henry H. Knight offers this insightful survey of several leading Wesleyan theologians. Together they paint a picture of God and grace that I find very attractive and very true to God’s word.
1. A Theology of Love [Mildred Bangs Wynkoop]
“To be Wesleyan,” she says, “is to be committed to a theology of love” (A Theology of Love [Beacon Hill, 1972], 101)
2. The Redeeming Activity of Divine of Love [Thomas A. Langford]
“The grace of God, as the redeeming activity of divine love, is the center of Wesley’s theology” (Practical Divinity [Abingdon, 1983], 24)
3. Responsible Grace [Randy Maddox]
Wesley has a “practical theology” governed by an “orienting concern” for “responsible grace” (Responsible Grace [Abingdon, 1994], 16-19)
4. Holy Love [Kenneth Colllins]
Kenneth L. Collins argues that Wesley’s practical theology has as its axial theme “holiness and grace”: holiness as “holy love” and grace as both free and co-operant (The Theology of John Wesley [Abingdon, 2007], 6-18]
5. Freedom from Sin; Freedom to Love [P. W. Chilcote]
P.W. Chilcote who describes it as a “both/and” theology. Wesley understands “salvation as both forensic (legal) and therapeutic (healing or restoring); as both Christ’s work for us and the Spirit’s work in us; as both freedom from sin and freedom to love” (Recapturing the Wesley’s Vision [InterVarsity, 2004], 12).
6. Pessemism of Nature; Optimism of Grace [E. G. Rupp]
A tension between “a pessimism of nature and an optimism of grace” (Principalities and Powers [Abingdon, 1952], 90).
7. Renewal of Creation and the Image of God [Theodore Runyon]
The heart of Christianity is “the renewal of the creation and the creatures through the renewal in humanity of the image of God…” (The New Creation [Abingdon, 1998], 8).
Read Knight’s article at Catalyst Resources here.