There are lots of parts in the Bible I don’t like. And I’m not talking about sins I’d like to commit that the Bible tells me not to, that’s a different conversation. I’m talking parts of the Bible that make me cringe. Parts that don’t make sense to my 21st century American mind. Parts that […]
What does the Bible say about tithing and money?
What does the Bible say about tithing and money? Does Tithing Apply to New Testament Christians? It was a good week to skip church a couple weeks ago: the tithing sermon! Just kidding, of course, but it can certainly feel that way can’t it? Tithing (giving 10% of your income to the local church) […]
The Problem of Evil
A non-Christian friend of mine was recently struggling with the amount of evil he saw in the world. He doesn’t believe in God, but he seemed to see evil everywhere and admitted to believing Satan was behind it. I asked him to consider the implications of believing in Satan, but not in a God who […]
Do you need to believe in the authority of the Bible to be saved?
This is a continuation of Part 1 Is a Far-Fetched Story Like Noah’s Ark Enough to Dismiss Jesus? and Part 2 Fact or Fiction: Four Ways to View the Old Testament and responds to the question, “Where is the dividing line between what someone needs to believe to be saved and what they need to […]
Why Don’t Protestants Believe in Purgatory, Penance & the Apocrypha?
(Source: Historical Theology by Dr. Gregg R. Allison, Chapter 2 “The Canon of Scripture”) 435 B.C. – the final books (i.e. Nehemiah, Ezra, Esther) of the Hebrew Bible (our Old Testament) were written 250 B.C. – this Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek (called the Septuagint) as Greek was becoming the dominant language The problem […]
Problems with the Protestant Reformation
This is a follow-up post to a question I asked last week, Is the Bible like Candy? The Protestant Reformation is the historical event that Protestants look back on with celebration and where we draw many of our theological distinctives from. One of the biggest achievements of the Reformation which caused a huge shift within […]