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

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

Do You Want to Be Known? Thrice and the Heart of God—PART 2

Image by sopranosflight “I bragged of baring my bones…” Kensrue states in reference to a track from the album The Illusion of Safety, a track ironically entitled In Years to Come. He recalls his desire and eagerness to live a sacrificial lifestyle. A lifestyle where he would set his needs, comfort and desires aside and live to love God with everything in him. However, in hindsight he acknowledges that he still has, “…badges to earn…”... Read More

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

God Broke My Car: Thoughts on Mishaps, Blessings, and Why You Should Be Grateful

I expected billows of smoke to pour out from under the hood of my car. A pale mist would seep out from under the creases as an appalling bang might be heard. Soon following, the mechanical sounds of parts breaking and falling to the ground would clang in my ears. Perhaps a small fire might emerge. Whatever might happen as my car stalled in the middle of the road, it wasn’t good. As I turned my key over to start it again, the familiar roar of... Read More

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