Category: Faith

Turkey Keeps American Pastor Behind Bars—At Least for Three More Months: Christianity Today

This story is published in full at Christianity Today. After nearly two years in a Turkish prison, hopes for the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson have been deferred. A Turkish court ordered 50-year-old pastor to remain...

/ July 19, 2018

On Repentance: What Is Our Assurance in Repentance?

We’ve looked at three questions about repentance so far: 1) Why repent? 2) What is repentance? and 3) How do we repent? We would do well to look at one further aspect of repentance, one...

/ July 14, 2018

On Repentance: How Do We Repent?

So far in this series, we’ve looked at two questions about repentance: 1) Why repent? and 2) What is repentance? There are still two other questions we want to examine related to repentance: 3) How...

/ July 13, 2018

On Repentance: What Is Repentance?

In this series, we’re looking at four questions about repentance: 1) Why repent? 2) What is repentance? 3) How do we repent? And 4) what is our assurance in repentance? We’re centering around 1 John...

/ July 12, 2018

On Repentance: Why Do We Repent?

The blessing of repentance is central to the message of the gospel and the Christian life. It’s not always popular or fun, but it’s hugely important. We love to jump to, “There is no condemnation...

/ July 11, 2018

Global Christianity Breakdown by Denomination and Rite

There are about 2.5 billion Christians in the world. That’s more than 35 percent of humanity. So why do so many Christians feel like they’re in the minority? Part of it is perception. Part of...

/ June 28, 2018

God Has a Patronus

Here’s an interesting theological and literary question I was thinking about recently: Is a Christian’s patronus really just the Holy Spirit? For muggles who don’t know, patronuses are sort of ghostly animals that play prominently...

/ June 27, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 4 – Type 3 and 4 Civilizations

Now things are getting wilder. We started out with a discussion of the Kardashev Scale—a seven-phase scale gauging a civilization’s advancement based on how much energy it can harness—and how it relates to Christianity. We...

/ June 23, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 3 – Type 2 Civilization

Last time we talked about what Christianity has to say about the not-too-distant future of human civilization. Specifically, the progress of humanity into a Type I civilization—one that can harness all the power of its...

/ June 22, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 2 – Type 1 Civilization

What does Christianity have to say about the not-too-distant future of human civilization? As science fiction increasingly weaves into our reality, we need to think ahead and think well about how our theology will shape—and...

/ June 21, 2018