Heaven, as a place apart from the earth, is not the goal of the Christian life, and to present this heaven as a sort of goal for the Christian life is a disservice to the gospel itself. The Bible doesn’t say much about heaven, but one thing is for sure, heaven, or at least the […]Read more "Heaven is not the goal of Christian salvation"
One common refrain I hear often is “are you sure you’re going to heaven?” But how can I even ask this question if I question whether or not that answer is yes for myself. Evangelicalism has not reflected deeply on its theology of assurance and of faith and how that theology has related to the […]Read more "Salvation is not the same as having Assurance"
Perhaps the biggest lie of our age is that “we can do anything that we put our minds to.” It is the biggest lie because it is the very lie that has caused our downfall; it is the statement that is the epitome of our human hubris. The very first sin, the original sin of […]Read more "Thanksgiving & Eucharist"
As a young adult in university, relationships are somewhat of a popular topic of discussion. What are the appropriate boundaries of relationships? What is biblical dating? Can Christians of opposite genders be close friends? And I must admit, I am weary and tired of how Evangelicals tend to treat relationships between people of opposite genders, […]Read more "Just friends? Young Evangelicals and opposite gender friendships."
Previously I talked about how the Christian life is the unintentional life, one where the natural response is godliness and we no longer require effort to be ungodly. This is the nature of sanctification. Now I want to talk about how God also interrupts and destroys any notion of the centrality of intention to Christianity. […]Read more "The Christian Life Is the Unintentional Life (Pt. 2)"
“Intentional” seems to be a buzzword among Christians these days. Phrases like “intentional relationships” appear in discussions about the nature of dating. Intentionality has become a part of how some Christians define what it means to have friendships or our relation to God. Intentional seems to be this buzzword that seems to be this positive thing […]Read more "The Christian Life is the Unintentional Life (Pt. 1)"
As a protestant, the word “catholic” is not the first word I’d use to describe myself. Indeed, for many of us who do consider ourselves to be fairly conservative protestants, holders of the gospel of salvation by grace through faith alone (with some measure of asterisks around the word “alone”), the very word “catholic” might […]Read more "The beauty of catholicity"