Book Review: “God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel”

The gospel of Jesus Christ is always a call to come and die. Never has the gospel been any other call to those whom God elects. However, over the course of several decades, the American scene of Christianity fostered the rise of what is now known as the health, wealth, and prosperity gospel. This gospel,Continue reading “Book Review: “God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel””

Why Conditional Election?

Ultimately, the main point of disagreement between Calvinists and Arminians comes down to two main theological elements: predestination and election. In fact, Arminius himself declared these were the two points of disagreement between his theology and Calvin’s theology.[1] Arminius made some major claims against the predestinarian nature of Calvin’s theology and specifically, determinism: “Great isContinue reading “Why Conditional Election?”

Actually, Christianity IS Religion.

It is easy for Christians to herald the ever-so-popular phrase, “It’s not religion; it’s relationship.” And, to be honest, I understand the nature of this motto and affirm that you cannot simply have pharisaical tendencies, be a legalist, and still go to heaven. Why? Because Jesus makes it very clear that our righteousness must exceedContinue reading “Actually, Christianity IS Religion.”

Why is Pastoral Preparation Necessary?

Though the spiritual disciplines are the means by which one grows into a state of maturity in holiness, all believers must ascribe themselves to these disciplines and especially pastors. Peter expressed the necessity for spiritual growth when he commanded those under his leadership to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and SaviorContinue reading “Why is Pastoral Preparation Necessary?”