Did Jesus Really Pay It All? How the Perfect Wrongly Believe They Are Enemies of Christ

Image by Linda Bostrøm Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Belting-out this classic and traditional hymn, hundreds jam-packed a local church for their annual Good Friday service to celebrate and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Contemplative Christians pounding their chests and raising hands—some with bent knees and others with heads bowed—filled the room. As I stood amidst those singing through the service, a sense of unity... Read More

Are You Really A Sinner? Why There is No Place for Guilt in the Church

“Descent from the Cross” by Rogier Van Weyden—Women on the left Like a constant barrage of blows to the brow and back, splitting flesh, spilling blood, and enjoying the pain, many Christians have convinced themselves that self-abuse and guilt should be the constant mindset. Proverbially sitting at the cross for their entire lives, they refuse to let Christ die and put an end to their sin, suffering, and guilt. And while this peculiar state of... Read More

Why Lent, Fasting, and Bible Reading is for Pharisaical Flesh Lovers

Image by Kara Marie With pain and twisted hunger, countless people are practicing their desert theology this Lent season. Through fasting and sacrifice, they attempt to pump themselves up in the eyes of God. Surely He will find greater favor in the one who prays longer, fasts more completely, and physically abuses their body to show God how “serious” they are. Modern day fasting is no more different than the medieval flagellation and whipping... Read More

Confessions of a faithless Workaholic: Why You Too Should Think Twice About Why You Go To Church

Image by cameosteph Silent, absent, and distant. That is how I have felt about my “walk” and my “relationship” with Christ over the last several months. And no doubt many of you may have wondered where the fresh articles, challenging content, and wittily-written musings have gone from the pages of THEOLOGY21. And while I have been overwhelmingly busy with a new job and a new season in life, my “faith” and the common expression of that... Read More

Are You More Like Christ or the Pharisee? Thoughts on Pride, Arrogance, and Christian Isolationism

Image by Nicholas Tan With phylacteries flailing and a palpable pride in religious righteousness, the Pharisees believed and behaved as the brokers of God. These elite had it all together. They knew the right words, secret hand-shakes, and religious culture of the inner-circle of God. What’s more, these people believed their squeaky clean lives made them closer to God while the vulgar masses on the street, the broken, crippled, adulteress, tax-collecting... Read More

Is there a Drought In Your Soul? Thoughts on Spiritual Life and Death

Chocked. Parched. Dry. Empty. Like a well with a cracked surface, showing water and life once was present but is now long absent. Sand dunes and deserts seem more tolerable, for at least they knew nothing of having water. Such images and words do not describe the way it feels when choked and empty spiritually. Perhaps you have felt this, something deep within that just seems missing. And no matter what we try to fill the void with, we still feel chapped.... Read More

The Gospel of Crossing: The Gospel According To One Old Guy Carrying A Cross

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Do You Want to Be Known? Thrice and the Heart of God—PART 1

Image by Meg Wills I am known. Are those words true of you? I am loved. Can you really be loved without first being known? What does it mean to really be known? Today we live in a world where real connection and real relationships are very few and far between. We have, at our fingertips, the ability to keep in contact with the world (literally). We can find out what’s going on in the lives of our friends and family without ever having to see them... Read More

Why You May Be Just As Ghetto As The Next: Reflections On Self-Centeredness

One foot slowly and stylishly stepped in front of the other with a swag and swanker that rivaled that of Kanye West. The twenty-something African American youth, with over-sized pants, shirt, and ball-cap tilted ever so slightly to the right slowly walked (or swaggered in a way that might only be caused by a leg injury or from a hip replacement) despite the red hand ominously flashing its’ warning to stop. And though several cars were racing down... Read More

Why You Might Just Be the One Who is Ignorant: The Bible, Bart Ehrman, and the Ignorance of Christians

A dark and evil enemy lurks in the shadows of truth within the intellectual community. His silver tongue and sniveling lies demean Christ and steal away the faithful from the flock of Christ. If anyone were an imp of Satan, Dr. Bart Ehrman would be one. At least this is how many within the Christian community see this former theology student, Moody Bible Institute graduate, pastor, and threatening critic to the authority of scripture. Dr. Ehrman was... Read More

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