We are moving in the West further along this path as a post-Christian culture. No longer are Christian terms and biblical concepts commonplace. Here’s my list of seven troublesome words and brief explanations, with suggested alternatives.
Have you ever examined your heart and glimpsed sin and darkness and defeat? I have. It is discouraging and demoralizing. There is no doubt that I am a flawed vessel. But does that mean that I am a useless vessel?
Robert Saucy, distinguished professor of systematic theology at Talbot, just released the new book, Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation. He kindly took some time to answer a few questions about the book.
A frequently asked question from my graduate advisees is this: How do you keep up with the latest scholarship in your discipline? Or, how do you stay on the “cutting edge” in your academic field? There are at least five maintenance disciplines that come immediately to my mind.
I wrote this article with two groups in mind: 1) Those who are so task-oriented that they underemphasize the foundational role of spiritual life for the mission God has called them to do; 2) those who are so focused on the inner life that they underemphasize the very positive role that involvement in ministry and mission has upon the spiritual life.
At final judgment, all evildoers will be reconciled to God’s purposes in the sense that they will be subdued, conquered, and stopped from hostility and resistance to God. By contrast, believers have already surrendered to Jesus voluntarily.
God's perfect justice means that worse criminals will suffer worse punishments for their crimes. This is not torture or exacting pain as somehow accomplishing something for God, as if God were a fiendish tormentor. But then what is it?