Theology belongs to the church, and theology leads to worship. And this means that worship includes prayer because it adores and shows reliance on God. Prayer is, therefore, theology put to work. As an example of theology put to work, here is a prayer to God that serves as a form of public worship. In this prayer of adoration, God is praised for his indescribable light and is adjured to share his light. [Read more…] about A Prayer on Light
I have found nothing of its kind before. If you want to understand the Byzantine Rite, then read this book. Robert Taft provides a great, short summary of how eastern Christians have worshipped. [Read more…] about A Brief Review of The Byzantine Rite by Robert Taft
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
“Peace I leave with you,” Jesus said, “my peace I give you” (John 14:27) Jesus’ peace transcends any peace that we might again on earth: “I do not give [peace] to you as the world gives.” His peace takes away troubled hearts and fear. [Read more…] about What Is the Peace That Jesus Gives Us?
While reasoned gentleness should be our default response to those with whom we disagree, we should nevertheless reserve strong words for false teachers to underscore the seriousness of false teaching and to protect those whom false teachers harm. When approaching someone then, we need to discern whether or not someone is a false teacher or not. And this is no easy task nor is “false teacher” a phrase we should use regularly. For by saying it, we mean that someone has doomed themselves to a life without forgiveness. [Read more…] about How to Spot a False Teacher