Theology and Bible

The Holes in our Heart

If you grew up in the church, or have been around it at all for any amount of time, you have probably heard a clichéd phrase about God and your heart that goes like: “You have a God shaped hole in your heart” or “That person keeps trying to fill that hole in their heart only God can!”. Well yes…. and no. The problem is that we often use nice and tidy little phrases to explain such complex situations. The church has made Jesus the end all be all answer for every longing or desire to be known in relationship and community that just does not biblically make sense.... Read More...

Pentecostals, Millennials, and a Forecast of Scholarship

As the Pentecostal Movement has aged, those who identify themselves as Pentecostals have begun to create robust and distinctly Pentecostal theologies, hermeneutics, ethics, and more to help the movement navigate its ways through an ever shifting cultural ethos. To intertwine this unique and growing field of Pentecostal scholarship with the spirituality of the movement's young Pentecostals will help create a bright future for the movement as we move further into the 21st century.... Read More...

Jesus and a Theology of Shame

There is an important discussion to be had when shame and openness meet. Brene’ Brown –someone who has popularized the shame discussion from a clinical study POV – has said in her viral TED videos, “If you are breathing you have felt shame.” This is good in at least one respect: no one is alone in the experience of shame. How we handle shame in todays culture is one of the most pressing discussions for this time. ... Read More...

Pentecostals and Narrative Theology

Within Protestantism (and more specifically Evangelicalism) there has been a tendency toward the abstractions of doctrinal confessions from our very beginning. However, Pentecostals have often reflected on and created theology through a narrative method. What does it look like and what does it mean to say that Pentecostals tend to gravitate toward narrative theology? ... Read More...

The Idolatry of a Political Messiah

Through the reading of the story of the 5,000 in John 6 we see that using Jesus to usher in the kingdom that we want leads to idolatrous ideology. The 5,000's idolatry was redefining sonship by political means, making Jesus into a messiah they wanted, the very same ideology that we can fall into today. The integrity of the life of Christ lies in the means of his life, not just the goal. How he brings in the kingdom affects the very nature of the kingdom itself! How do we as the church understand and know Jesus without making his Messiahship and His Kingdom into what we want?... Read More...

The Book of Revelation and Hope for the Earth

Dominating at the box office and populating the best-seller lists, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narratives have captured the attention and imagination of our present culture. The secular eschatologies (ideas on the "end" of all things) undergirding these plots combine a mixture of both despair and hope. Vivid imagery of the destruction of Earth fills the Book of Revelation; yet, there is a beautiful ecological hope found in this very same letter. ... Read More...

The Bible and Archeology: A Young Discipline

People are amazed to discover how relatively young the field of biblical archaeology is. However, over 100 biblical individuals are already referenced in tangible archaeological findings, with perhaps another 200+ lesser known individuals possibly discovered through their seal imprints. So far the biblical text has been found to be a most remarkable text and certainly worthy of respect within archaeology.... Read More...

Loving the Oppressed…. and the Oppressor.

While God hates the injustice of human trafficking, He loves the person who is forcing men, women and children into sex trafficking. And that should give us hope. How we think, how we speak, and how we act must reflect that. God has called us to love the person who is perpetrating oppression just as much as we love and fight for those who are being oppressed.... Read More...

Being Doubly Reconciled

Are we close enough with others to hear their cries for reconciliation with God and other people? Do we do the work of listening and allowing them to share about themselves more than we make assumptions about who they are for our convenient categories of description? Do we know what kind of reconciliation the Lord desires in our relationships? Double reconciliation – to God and others – begets our response as we act as ambassadors for Christ, compelling the world to be reconciled to God.... Read More...