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

Cars, Clothes, and Careers Do Not Define You. But What Does?

Image by Juan Tome Nestal Who are you? Who am I? When we introduce ourselves to others, a condensed and abridged version of who we actually are is presented. Our families, careers, preferences of entertainment, and political leanings are presented in the simplest of “small-talk.” Married with a child, teacher, and avid coffee fan scarcely scratches the surface of who I actually am. Unfortunately many do not plumb the depths of their soul and mind... 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

Flirting With the Fine Line of Sin: Restoring Holiness in an Age of Rebellion

I am guilty…I am so guilty. I am guilty of sometimes doing exactly what I know God doesn’t want me to do. I don’t mean in a birthed-out-of-confusion or deception way—I mean, a true and genuine rebellious spirit. A spirit that looks pleasure dead in the eye and says yes. Even in the midst of conviction, my rebellion finds a way to settle with lame and gross excuses… A few months ago I really started to question some things. If I am... 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

No Matter What They Told You, You Are Already Perfect: The Most Common of Errors—Grace, Works, and Mormons

Image by alshepmcr There isn’t a religion in the world that doesn’t agree that there is something wrong with us. Humanity is flawed, corrupt, and capable of great evil. Within each of us, a great capacity toward evil exists. How this evil is quenched and how our souls and bodies are redeemed is debated, discussed, and is the topic upon which so many disagree. But at the core of what the Gospel is and what Christ Jesus, God in the flesh,... Read More

How to Break the Cookie-Cutter, Carbon Copy Christian Cycle

Image by Novaliee Mechanized. An assemblage of parts constructing carbon copy images of the same person over and over again. While Ford was the progenitor of the assembly line, Christian culture has become it’s own master of mass production. The assembly line creating mass quantities of goods has one irrefutable quality—unless faulty, the product is exactly the same. Carbon copies of each other is the goal. The “different” or “inconsistent”... Read More

Why No Matter Who You Are, You Are A Missionary: An Interview With Conway Robinson

Missions are at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. Spreading the Gospel is not something consigned to just a few missionaries in far away lands or by paid church staff reaching out to a local community. Every Christian is a missionary. Every Christian, no matter what age, what career path, or how busy, is responsible for making disciples, serving those in need, and act as the living representatives of Jesus Christ on earth. In highlighting... Read More

The Old Spice Man and Women’s Porn: Are You Addicted?

Hello Ladies. How are you? Fantastic. Look down. Back-up. Where are you? You’re at THEOLOGY21 and we have a special treat for you! Jonathan Keck, the founder and senior editor of THEOLOGY21, has posted a funny but thought provoking guest post at Pop Parables on the Old Spice Man and “women’s pornography.” But before you head on over to Pop Parables, check out the Old Spice Man, Isaiah Mustafa, at his best! Does your man smell like the Old... Read More

Can Christians Be Possessed by Demons? Exorcism, Fallen Angels, and Invisible Enemies

Image by Stefan Binder Though raised in a Christian home, I was always drawn and attracted to evil and the demonic. It was innocent, many would say. I wanted to watch Pumpkin Head, Poltergeist, and other such horror flicks. But once I started hearing voices, seeing looming figures in the dark, floating objects, and the same disturbing dream every night for months. Pastors prayed over me and the house on many occasions. But it wasn’t until I rejected... Read More

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