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

How My Father Invented the Heavenly Father: The Dangerous (and Potentially Beautiful) Power Fathers Have Over Their Children

Image by Garry Cook Humans are creatures in relationship. Familiar images abound: the caressing mother caring for her young child, the strong father instructing his children on how to live rightly, the loving wife supporting her husband, the faithful and sacrificial husband, a brother, sister, son, daughter. On and on, hundreds of relationships exist in the human condition. In fact, our society is built around these relationships. They are the native... Read More

You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful: The Pop Song Jesus Is Singing To You Personally

One Direction—What Makes You Beautiful You don’t know you’re beautiful. Shyly masking your appearance behind makeup, you live your life within cloud of insecurity. Am I pretty enough? Am I attractive and could anyone possibly love me? My body, my face, and my fashion holds no candle to the supermodels and their sexy figures splashed across every magazine cover. A resounding “no” echoes within her mind. And thus, she attempts to mask herself... 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

The Cost of Love: Exploring the Role of Money in Relationships

There is a reason why Jesus spoke about money so often. Money is the one god that has led nearly every person to turn their back on the Creator in pursuit of selfish desires. It is the golden calf (Exodus 31) of both ancient and modern times and even more so of our country. So what role can money play in relationships? In marriages? Simple research reveals that a certain group of women who discover that their husbands cheat on them are more likely... Read More

Rejecting Counterfeit Love: Why That Social Justice Cause May Not Be Good Enough

  Image by Jason Watson “How can you bear it?” Douglas asked as we hunched over our coffee and tea in deep conversation.  Douglas just learned that I work for World Vision (a Christian humanitarian organization), and then he leaned back with wide eyes.  After a moment he leaned inward as if to scrutinize a newfound discovery.  With carefully weighed words he asked, “How can you bear it?  Day after day helping the poor and... Read More

The Dreaded Welcome: Rethinking the Church Meet and Greet

Last week, we talked about the Church and how it might be failing you and the people around you. I implored you to be a part of the reconciliation process allowing for Christ to be the Head of your life, and your Church. However, one thing I have begun to realize is that it is easier said than done, especially considering the fact that some of you may not even have churches anymore. So I think we need to go step by step. We need to work through that... Read More

Hell: That’s What’s Going Down!

When I think of Hell, I immediately have to fight through different stereotypical imagery that the culture around me has constructed.  I am constantly bombarded with images of heaven and hell, and “eternal things.” No matter where I turn, I am trying to be influenced to believe “X” about what my eternity will look like.  Sadly, I must confess that currently when I read or hear the word Hell I immediately think of a Futurama episode when... Read More

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