Reconsidering Affirmations of Faith

Reconsidering Affirmations of Faith

Affirming what one believes has a long history in religious traditions. Confessions and creeds have often been used to confirm orthodoxy and express communal faith. For some, these kinds of shared affirmations come easily. Others find the embrace of a repeat-after-me...

Are You Missing the Bible’s Overwhelming Message?

During my formative years, sin was pretty easy to identify if not avoid. Sin was playing poker, drinking beer, missing a church service (without going to another on vacation and bringing a bulletin for proof), holding baseball practice on Wednesday night, lusting over...

Orthodoxy and Heresy: Theology’s Odd Couple

A recent study series at church on John’s letters in the New Testament brought the reminder that they were most likely written in response to an interpretation of the gospel that came to be identified with Gnostic thought. This dualistic perspective reflected...