The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Beliefs matter. Our view of God matters. Doctrine matters. This may seem somewhat contradictory to my earlier posts, but there is an important clarification I need to make: While subscribing to one systematic theology, eschatology, soteriology, etc. may not remove you from the body of Christ, having correct doctrine does... Read more

Safety in Legalism

There is safety in Legalism. Having specific rules, guidelines, patterns, and structure makes people feel comfortable: Five acts of worship, five steps of salvation, Ten Commandments, five quick steps to fix your money problem, etc. As humans, we love systems, rules, and order because there are clear lines between right... Read more

Jesus’s Baptism and Genesis

Mark 1:9–11 (NAS): 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.10 Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;11 and a voice came out of the heavens:... Read more