Who Is a Christian? Part 2

In part one I make the point that there is an objective answer to this question—an answer that is not derived from a person’s subjective feelings which can be self-deceiving. There is an objective connection between the word of God and the true Christian. And it is difficult to pretend the kind of connection to the word of God that …

Who Is A Christian?

Someone once said that everything of great value is counterfeited. My son traveled to New York City and came home with a Rolex he bought for $40. He knew it wasn’t a real Rolex, but it seemed like a good souvenir from a place like New York City.If one’s theological orientation is derived from the Bible, he or she confesses …

The Bible

From the time of the movable type printing press (1439 AD), the Holy Bible has been the most widely printed and distributed book in history. In fact, it was the first book to be printed by Johannes Gutenberg’s invention. But this is far from the most important thing that can be said about the Bible. Nor is it to be …

Values

Questions of right or wrong, good or evil, are answered in wide variations of ethical and moral systems. Ethical systems consist of principles of conduct: how we behave in various situations of life and why we behave in one particular way given that other options of behavior are available to us. The principles of conduct  are themselves formed by our …

Grace Alone

And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name “Yahweh.” And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy (Exodus 33:19).Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed, “Yahweh, Yahweh, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding …

The Church Defined

What is church? The more telling question is, Who is church? And the biblical answer: All persons who have been united to the Lord Jesus Christ in his life, death, resurrection, ascension and return in power and glory at the end of this age. This answer is not the result of a survey of people who go to church. Church …

Worldview Part 2

You must allow the queen to pet each six of the zebras. Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country. A quick brown fox just jumped over the very lazy dog. You must all the queen to pet each six of the zebras as well as the fifteen giraffes. Now is the …

What Is a Worldview?

What is a worldview? A generally synonymous expression is a philosophy of life. A less common way of expressing it: a worldview is a person’s religion.  Religion is not limited to such descriptors as Buddhism, Islam or Christianity or atheism (yes, atheism is a worldview and a religion). A religion is a set of beliefs that bind all of life …

Presuppositions: Where We Begin

It is not a profound insight, but it is important to make the point: Everyone has a starting point in terms of what they believe. Every worldview has a starting view, a belief at the beginning that exerts considerable influence over all the other beliefs that follow as a matter of due course. Whether rationalism, relativism, empiricism, pluralism or atheism, …