Rudolf Bultmann and John Calvin resemble each other in a few ways: both of them were european, protestant, public theologians who have had a long legacy in their field of study. In other ways, they are very different: Calvin was, well, Calvinist. Bultmann was a staunch Lutheran. Bultmann lived mostly in the 20th century, Calvin […]
At many points in its colored history, the church’s unity and its holiness have appeared to come into conflict. On one side, people argue, “The only way we can call ourselves holy, is by staying united. Unity is holiness.”
In the first century Jewish believers were awaiting the day when the Messiah would come and defeat Rome, end the exile, establish the kingdom of God, and bring the new covenant. Jesus fulfilled all of those roles of Messiah, but not in the manner in which it was expected.
I read a Christianity Today article on Tullian Tchividjian’s resignation from his fulltime ministerial position, which asserts: the American megachurch tends to reflect the American corporation, rather than the biblical concept of the church. Corporate churches tend to be run like corporations… The trouble with the corporate model of church is that it leaves the CEOs […]
On April 7, 1844, just before his death in the following month, Joseph Smith delivered a sermon commonly referred to as “The King Follet Sermon” or “The King Follet Discourse”. It is, according to the LDS Church, considered to be “one of the classics of Church literature.”1 The sermon was delivered on the occasion of the […]
This week I am putting the final touches on the first draft of my PhD thesis on suffering and eschatology in Galatians. I’m quite excited to be at this stage, but I know there’s still a lot of work to be done. Since my thesis is on Galatians I’m often thinking about the best way […]
Do you ever wonder what relationships are going to be like in heaven? Will we recognize our family, friends, and significant others? How will we relate to one another, since we’ll all be part of the same family, as brothers and sisters? My coworkers and I recently speculated about heaven, and we mused about how […]
Now that school is out for summer (cue Alice Cooper) I’m back home working for my church as a youth ministry intern. As we began to plan for the summer and what we should teach on I recommended books like Colossians and Philippians. You know, something short and sweet that would be really encouraging. So […]
In this past year, as ISIS has committed targeted genocide against Christians, the Church at large has become aware of the reality and horror that is persecution. For those like myself in countries where forthright violent persecution is not a threat, it is difficult to know how exactly to respond. How, if at all, should our affections be stirred […]
This month’s issue of Scottish Journal of Theology published an article by BYU professor Noel B. Reynolds entitled ‘The Gospel According to Mormon’ (SJT 68: 218–234 ). As the title suggests, Reynolds sets out to analyze the definition of the concept of ‘gospel’ as set forth in the Book of Mormon (BoM). His conclusion is […]
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