Christians proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ because it is good news. And what makes it so good? The reason why the Gospel is good news is because of who God is, what he has promised, and what he has done. Let’s take this apart one-by-one. [Read more…] about Three Reasons Why the Gospel Is Good News
Gregory of Nazianzus received the title “the theologian,” only one of three people in church history to receive the accolade (John the Apostle and Symeon being the other two). The title “theologian” meant that he knew God by experience. But his experience of God was matched by his brilliant study of God. His Trinitarian and Christological explanations not only changed the landscape of theology in his day but have stood the test of time. Quite literally, nearly every Christian living today follows Gregory Nazianzen whether they know it or not.
For the last two years, Gregory has been my friend and teacher. Although he is away in body, through his words on the page he has become a close companion. He has lifted my soul to worship the living God and helped me to understand in whom it is that I have placed my trust. For the next few years, I will periodically provide short translations of Gregory’s work with an interpretation for my edification and, I hope, for yours. [Read more…] about Translation and Comments on Oration 29.2 by Gregory of Nazianzus
To be a theologian means knowing God. In this sense, every Christian has to be a theologian. It is not an option. And yet not every Christian should publicly speak about God. Knowing God is a must but teaching about God takes preparation. James explains, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1). But suppose you want to become a theologian who teaches about God, what does that require of you?
To do theology requires holiness, experience, and ability. [Read more…] about How to Be a Theologian
In the Old Testament, God brought curses upon Israel for their sin. But in the New Covenant, Christ became the curse of the law for us. With that said, how exactly does God’s justice work out across the two Testaments? To answer this question, consider the following Q&A or catechetical style of instruction. [Read more…] about How Does God’s Justice Work Out in the Old and New Testaments?
When Augustine wrote his manual on biblical interpretation, he observed that reality is made up of signs and things. Here’s an illustration to explain what he meant. A wedding ring signifies a promise of marital union. So a wedding ring is a sign. Yet it also a ring, which means that a wedding ring both signifies and is a thing. While such a distinction might seem pedantic or obtuse, it provides easy categories to explain why I am suggesting that we sometimes misunderstand the Bible’s meaning.
To understand the importance of signs and things, we first need turn to the Bible to see how it talks about heaven and earth and the Bible. [Read more…] about How to Read the Bible to Know What It Means by What It Says
Biblical authors are theologians. They sought to know God and to make his will known. Their words are not only artifacts of historically-conditioned ancient peoples. They are also words from those who ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink as we do, namely, Christ (1 Cor 10). And from God’s revelatory word, they by the Spirit sought God and spoke on behalf of God. As David says, “The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me” (2 Sam 23:2). [Read more…] about Moses, The Trinitarian Theologian