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

Image by Esmé Fransen 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 sense. Yes, Jesus Christ is Lord—but what that actually meant, how one should... Read More

Why Love and Fulfillment is Not Found in Relationships: The Black Keys’ Everlasting Light

“Your glory outshines all—everything. All things. I am eclipsed by the greatness of your throne and who you are. My weak words do not paint the picture that should be brushed. Never-ending. An eternally bright light. A thousand blasts of Supernova light pale in comparison to your greatness and majesty.” Such are the words I penned when first hearing The Black Keys’ popular ballad “Everlasting Light.” My words were not a reaction to this... 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

Saints, Spirits, and the Catholic Church: The Little-Known Truth of Who We Are in Christ

There is a family and heritage long forgotten by most. They stand about us and sustain us in prayer, but few ever recognize them. And those who do, glibly deny or reject their existence and relevance as mystical and some phantasmic figment of an over-active imagination. The saints who have come before us, regardless of our recognition of them in evangelical circles, still play a vital role in our lives. My awareness of the “saints” has been purely... Read More

The Wine Of Heaven: What I Learned At A Mystic, “Drunk on the Glory of God” Charismatic Meeting

Pulling into the parking lot, my friend and I were a good forty-minutes late. I had just spend several hours in a meeting planning and programing a ministry our Church is launching in several months. Church business, good or bad, was on my mind. But as we stepped onto the church property and approached the double-doors of the sanctuary, we were greeted by a tattooed, 30-something man who acted as if we were long lost friends. “HEEEEY, you brothers... Read More

Why You Love Epic Films and Stories: Hearing the Call to Live an Epic Life

Image by Lindsey Frost The fog covered landscape, rough and desolate, held great adventure and great danger. What lay beyond those mountains in the distance, no one knew. The land which this small band of men ventured into was the stuff of legend. What was certain in all their minds was the great evil which was gathering strength in the land beyond. They would, without question, have to face all manners of vile creatures as they set upon their holy... 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

Why Keeping Your Word May Be Life and Death: Promises, Human Sacrifice, and Becoming a Liar

Image by Michael Macfeat “Shaun, can you please wash your plate? I don’t know how many times we have talked about this.” “Yeah baby, lemme finish this show real quick. Better yet, I will do it before I go to bed. Leave it in the sink, so I can let it soak.” Bedtime rolls around, and I groggily walk past the sink. “NOOOOO! Stupid plate. Ahhhh, no worries. Amanda stayed up late. I will do it in the morning before she wakes up.” In... Read More

Why Agreement is So Important! Thoughts on Unity and Function of the Church

The other day I was reflecting on some of the posts that I have written, and the heart behind it all. I began to realize that to an outsider looking in, who does not know my heart, it may appear that I am a Church basher. As I re-read, I found myself saying that, “we do this wrong…” quite often. I’m not going to “take it back” because I am writing what I believe God is putting on my heart. However, I understand it can be depressing.... Read More

Do We Despise and Criticize the Holy Spirit? Thoughts on Miracles and Our Hatred of Them

Image by darkrigel False prophets, charlatans, and miracle hocking hucksters abound. One need only peruse through late night television, past the “Will it blend” infomercial as an over happy man tries to blend an Ipad or some other nonsense—as if that strength might help when making a smoothy. TBN and other such stations may carry a tent revival or some healing meeting in which people come forward in wheel chairs and in walkers. People with... Read More

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