Know Your Identity: You Are Not Defined By What You Do But By Who You Are

Image by Walker4412 I have a confession to make. I got a treadmill for Christmas—last Christmas; I have not used it once. I, like some of you and certainly like most Americans, have made a resolution to lose weight this year. I have resolved to eat better and become more healthy. Why do we make resolutions like this? Why do we make resolutions at all. If you think about it, the act of making a resolution is sort of a confession that you have failed... Read More

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

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

The Cost of Following Christ: Why You May Not Be Living Up to Your Calling

Image by Emily Brigid Standing upon the shore line, the tide washing away the sand about Jesus’ feet, He squinted in the mid-day sun. One could see dozens of fishing boats casting their nets into the water and pulling in a harvest of watery plenty. The men fishing these waters had done so for generations. Fathers taught the trade to their sons and they to their sons, so on and so forth for generations. Fishing was a good trade, and profitable if... 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 Song Jesus Christ is Singing to You: Rihanna’s Only Girl (in the World)

There is a reason God speaks to us in loving words, as a husband to his bride. The scripture is littered with it. From the image of a loving husband sacrificing all for his wife to the sensual imagery of Song of Songs capturing the rapture that a husband (and in this case our Creator) has with his bride. Such deep emotions and longing for intimacy can seem strange since we often restrict such love and affection for human relationships. But our Father... Read More

How Are We To Spread the News?: Bible Thumping, Thermometers, and Radical Service

Image by Ryan McGeeney Often the greatest difficulty of missional work is to know how to preach the gospel. Growing up, I tried a wide assortment of “sharing your faith” forms. While optimistic when learning them, I soon came to realize that they were none to successful. In fact, now when looking back, I am somewhat embarrassed that I thought they would ever work or that I even went through with them. No doubt there were many different types or... Read More

Just Jesus and True Freedom: Kingdom Ethics and A Response To Kurt Willems

Image by Susan Lueck Explosions of jubilation, flames spreading across the night sky—such is the joy and exuberant praise through which Americans celebrate their independence from England. People spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on explosives— “firecrackers” which came in all sorts of shapes and sizes being culturally branding names to boost sales. “The Chamber of Sparks” by Phantom is a popular package of fireworks cleverly... Read More

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