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 You Are Already Perfect and Already have Everything—You Just Don’t Realize It Yet

Image by especially_today Many have a deep nostalgia and strong emotion toward Christmas. As children, we laid wrestling in bed, eager to creep down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what beautifully wrapped bundles and boxes lay beneath that glorious tree. The overwhelming excitement and joy can scarcely be described, bubbling and pressing itself up through the chest and into the throat. Such excitement was felt in every inch of the body. On... Read More

Why Becoming Holy is Not Through Trying Harder: Thoughts on Sanctification and Self-Examination

  Image by Davide Musardo If we can be honest and look at the condition of the Christian Church in the world, and especially in the U.S., I think that we would all be disappointed in the way that we live out our lives on a daily basis. This is a point often brought up to contest the validity of our faith because Christianity as a system of moral living has failed. This is not a trivial point. As a religion that puts so much stake in right living,... Read More

Why Lent is Important and Why Working for Christ is not the Same as Being with Christ

I need to observe Lent. I am distracted. I am so consumed with doing things for Christ that I miss out on being with Christ. This is not a new problem. Even in the early Church, Christians struggled with this distraction. There is so much to do. So many people who need to be served. The Gospel message needs to be preached. So much Orthodoxy needs to be defended and explained. The early church in Ephesus had these same problems. They were radical workers... Read More

Why Theology Matters: Action Born from Right Understanding

Clearly theology can become a stumbling block if we let it become a purely cerebral thing. If we fall into the trap of pouring all our energy into the intellectual understanding of God’s nature without stepping back to see how that understanding affects the overall picture, then we have completely missed the point. This would be like spending your entire life studying the mathematical relationships and symmetries of your wife’s facial features... Read More

The Anatomy of the Body of Christ: Realizing Our Identity and Unity Through the Spirit

Vast and complex, the entire body is interconnected. It functions as one whole unit, though the depths of diversity and distance between cells, organs, and various bodily functions is great. And while every cell works together toward the one great goal and objective of the living organism that it is part of, it also functions with little to no “awareness” of other cells doing similar or quite different functions. I am no biologist or... Read More

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