“Just me, my Bible and Jesus.”

“Just me, my Bible and Jesus.” There are at least three false concepts that this popular one-liner implies: 1. The individual believer does not need the Body of Christ. It does not require master level courses in Church History to know that from the beginning “Christians” were only definable as such due to their association…

Rob Bell’s “Love Wins”: An Eastern Orthodox Perspective

The big question on the minds of Rob Bell fans and foes alike prior to the release of “Love Wins” was whether or not Rob Bell promoted Universalism (the doctrine that all people are eventually redeemed). Some even condemned him before the book made it to store shelves (bad form fellas). In response to many…

Proposed Ban on Sola Scriptura’s Top Offenders (a satire)

Proposed Ban on Sola Scriptura’s Top Offenders (a satire) *Sola Scriptura: Latin for “Scripture alone;” the doctrine that the Bible alone is the Christian’s absolute and primary authority, containing all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness. So, what would it look like if there was such a thing as a fully consistent doctrine of Sola…

Grace and Works: Why the Confusion?

Often times grace and works are presented as opposites; either one has grace or one has works, but never both for they are mutually exclusive. A famous passage from Romans is usually quoted to demonstrate this dichotomy: “At this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace,…

Faith and Reason: The Challenge

As the famous American psychologist, William James said, “there is nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” This is the case with the shadow boxing match between faith and reason. This false dichotomy has been repeated so frequently that it has become axiomatic in the minds of many.