If I were to say, “Today is the last Sunday July and it’s sunny and crazy hot,” what all have I communicated? Explicitly, I’ve said, “It’s Sunday and it’s hot.” But, I’ve communicated other things that are equally important. I’ve also communicated: It is not Monday. It is not Tuesday. It is not Wednesday. It […]Read more "Implied Truth: Equally Important"
Jesus taught significant theological truth via stories and parables. He took what people traditionally might have considered ineffable and made it almost common and understandable. He spoke, taught and thought in such a way that the common Israelite could grasp the truth he intended to communicate. While it is quite true Jesus also taught propositional […]Read more "Analogies and Parables: Means of Communicating Truth"
I’ve teaching at a youth/college camp this week and while doing so, I gave an illustration that I want to elaborate more fully on here. The subject of our camp this week has been the Love of God. We’re not interested primarily in doctrinal clarity in which we articulate our theological belief in God’s benevolence. […]Read more "Becoming Like a Child"
John 2:15 says “do not love the world, or the things of this world.” But, I love the world so much. This is a problem for me, and I’m guessing there are others out there in the church who feel the same way. I know what the word says about the world and its’ inherent […]Read more "Confessions: I love this world"
Before I begin, let me give you a link to check out. I started reading this recently, and this author has helped me articulate more clearly what I’ve been wanting to say. Humans are finite beings. There is nothing in humanity that has the innate quality of immortality within itself. According to the creation account […]Read more "Eternal Life is a Gift"