Cyrus, a man outside the covenant, worked events in favor of those inside the covenant.
Category Archives: Theology
The Forgotten Requirement of the Dominion Mandate
God made human beings in his image as people who require knowledge (Prov. 18:15).
How is Kingdom Optimism different from the Power of Positive Thinking?
Introduction In 1952 the minister Norman Vincent Peale published his best-selling book, The Power of Positive Thinking. It sold 2.5 million copies from 1952 – 1956 and serves as one of the pillars of the modern self-help movement. It also influenced psychology, sports, health, and religion. Peale was part of a broader shift in evangelicalismContinue reading “How is Kingdom Optimism different from the Power of Positive Thinking?”
Zwingli and the Divided Soul of the Reformation
Consider a list of seven interesting things about that contemporary of Martin Luther, the Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli.
“The Day of the Lord” and the “Lord’s Day”: Or, What Happens on Sundays?
“This is the day that the Lord has made, / I will rejoice and be glad in it.” These words of Psalm 118:24 often echoed through my rural church just after the hand-shaking time of fellowship just before the sermon, calling us all back into order from the lulliloo of brotherly love. But amidst theContinue reading ““The Day of the Lord” and the “Lord’s Day”: Or, What Happens on Sundays?”
Evangelicals Know Better
Introduction In 1873 a Greek manuscript of the Didache was found by Philotheos Bryennios, a Greek Orthodox Bishop of Nicomedia. Before this discovery, the Didache was only known from fragments and brief citations. It was written in Syria or Palestine during the late first or early second century. The Greek word Didache means teaching orContinue reading “Evangelicals Know Better”
Creativity and the Church: Or, How to Develop Creativity?
Introduction Creative people are needed because God demands a richer vocabulary than words can give. New eloquence is needed to move the borders of intelligibility. Yet, God didn’t make everyone to be a creative person. Some are hands and some are feet. Others are the intuition. The intuition sees how things tend, which means theyContinue reading “Creativity and the Church: Or, How to Develop Creativity?”
Belial and the Covenant
Introduction I’m about to tell you about a fellow named Belial. Well, he’s not a fellow as much as he is a repeating series of worthless sons. But we’ll get to that. Then I will tell you what Belial teaches us about the covenant. Belial and his Sons The word “belial” is derived from theContinue reading “Belial and the Covenant”
Waiting for a King
This article originally appeared at the North American Anglican It’s interesting how many Western legends include the tale of a sleeping hero: one who died – or perhaps only sleeps – and will return when he is needed the most. From Holger Dansk in Denmark, King Charlemagne in France and Germany, and of course Albion’sContinue reading “Waiting for a King”
Faith, Conversion, and the Mysteries of God
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 One of the most common questions pastors hear is, “How do I know that I (or my children) belong toContinue reading “Faith, Conversion, and the Mysteries of God”