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CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ONCE AND FOR ALL: A QUICK REFLECTION ON YOM KIPPUR

In reflection on this Yom Kippur, I turned to Hebrews 10 to be reminded of the importance of this day. On the Jewish calendar, this is the most holy and sacred day; the day when the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, the place where the presence of God, YHVH dwelled. It […]

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APOLOGETICS: DEFENSE OF THE BIBLE BEFORE THEOLOGY

In every generation, serious questions are raised about the Bible and Christianity. Most of these questions recurs over and over again. And while a great deal of these concerns circulate around whether or not the Christian ethical system is still relevant today, this is a secondary concern. The primary concern comes before the ethical question, but […]

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“If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?”

While talking Theology with my brother Nathan, he asked he this loaded question that a professor of his asked his class: “If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?” Here was my response: “That blue is not blue, heat is not warm, light […]

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THE GOSPEL WAS ALWAYS PLAN A: GALATIANS 3:6-14

From the foundations of the earth, God’s eternal purpose was the gospel. One might wonder, however, what was the function of the Old Testament in general and the law specifically. After all, aren’t we to live good and moral lives according to the 10 Commandments and all? Good people go to heaven, right? Sure, good […]

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Jesus Perfects You, Not Your Own Efforts: Galatians 3:1-6

Law lovers—a very serious accusation in the ancient church. Of all the errors that Paul dealt with, this was paramount—not radical theologies, wild prophets claiming to have a new “revelation” from God, or fantastic healing oils secreted from some holy man’s feet that could be yours for three easy payments of $9.99. No, the error […]

For too long theology has been an academic pursuit held in the ivory towers of dusty academic types. This "study of God" has left countless people scratching their heads or worse, wondering why endless nuanced debates over scriptural and intellectual minutia matters.

A new type of theology is needed—one of which the ancient Christians wrote, felt, and acted out in their everyday lives. Theology permeates everything, bringing us closer in both mind and action to the heart of our creator. We need a progressive theology, one which is relevant for a new generation.

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THEOLOGY AND INTENTIONAL WORSHIPFUL LIVING

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WHY I AM BURNING ALL MY OLD TEACHINGS AND EMBRACING THE TRUE GOSPEL (which I had never known until now)

My own theology, and the theology presented here at THEOLOGY21, has had—since its’ inception—a kernel of uncertainty and doubt. While recently cataloging all the pervious articles I have written in the last few years, one resounding theme emerged from my thinking in those formative years: I was uncertain what “the truth” was in a literal […]

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How My Father Invented the Heavenly Father: The Dangerous (and Potentially Beautiful) Power Fathers Have Over Their Children

Humans are creatures in relationship. Familiar images abound: the caressing mother caring for her young child, the strong father instructing his children on how to live rightly, the loving wife supporting her husband, the faithful and sacrificial husband, a brother, sister, son, daughter. On and on, hundreds of relationships exist in the human condition. In […]

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Is Seminary Really a Cemetery? Theology as “Jezebelic” Religious Witchcraft

Billows of flame and fury pour forth from the bowels of the Abyss where the anti-Christ resides. His hellish imps encircle him, swarming like bats disturbed from their dark cave. To each demonic messenger, the devil whispers errors and aberrant theologies. But the most deadly of these messages is reserved for the Christian. Demonic witchcraft […]

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Why You Are Already Perfect and Already have Everything—You Just Don’t Realize It Yet

Many have a deep nostalgia and strong emotion toward Christmas. As children, we laid wrestling in bed, eager to creep down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what beautifully wrapped bundles and boxes lay beneath that glorious tree. The overwhelming excitement and joy can scarcely be described, bubbling and pressing itself up through the […]

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The Idol of Convenience: How We Treat Strangers and Others Shows Our True Hearts

A man, trembling and afraid, running from heaven-knows-what, screamed for my help.  His cries pierced a cold, dark side-street in San Francisco’s Mission District, a seedy, industrial neighborhood in gentrification. His name was Quinn; and Quinn, in his pressed black slacks and dress shoes, shared something in common with the homeless man across the street, a friend […]

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Live For Now (In Light of Later): How Pepsi Shows Christians How to Live

Live for now—party-up and enjoy yourself. This is the message Pepsi invites you and I to embrace. Few, however, need this encouragement. Most already live for the “now.” The popular sentiment “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) seems relevant and timely. The present is all we need. Enjoy and have fun, for tomorrow we die. In […]

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The Poison Infecting All Youth: Thoughts On Why Murder and Death is Humorous

The muzzle of a Luger P08 pistol was pressed against the back of a defiant Jewish woman’s head. She had refused to succumb to the terror and fear which had seized those around her. Upon the barking and abrasive order of his superior officer, the young SS soldier pulled the trigger. She was but one […]

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The Hunted Sex: Why Men Are The Prey In An Eroticized Culture

A deep panting was breathed in the dank darkness, matched with the heavy breathing of a dozen more shadowy figures. A low snarl echoed off the cave walls as the bared teeth and mane of a fierce lion emerged into the light. While believing that he was safe in the center of the room where […]

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Why You Naturally Think About Sex and Food (and How It Can Be Changed): The Ritual and Habit of Your Mind and Thoughts

Synapses and neurons fire constantly in our brains, carving out pathways in which electrical impulses surge through out minds to access stored information and gather thoughts and images for our ritualized behavior. The science of the brain and the way we think is foreign to most (including me). And while much of this incredible data […]

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Why Everyone Should Live By the Phrase YOLO

YOLO should be a rallying call, not to indulge in temporary pleasures or acts of foolishness, but rather to embolden one to act in light of eternity. You only live once—once to make a positive impact in others lives, once to curb the global suffering of billions, and once to prepare oneself to face a perfect and terrifying judge. And when the path of doing things right and moral becomes difficult, as it always does—embolden and remind yourself by saying YOLO.

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