Two Gospel Heresies

Salvation by works is heresy.  Salvation without works is heresy.  Both are damnable.  In the history of the Church the battle for the gospel has often centered on two extremes that eviscerate it.   They are equally damning. Moralism First, there is the heresy of moralism. This is the horridly humanistic idea that man can somehow [...]

Theologies to be Skeptical About

Christian systematic theologies abound today, and the themes around which one may orient any theology are legion: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, feminist, dispensationalist, Afro-American, liberation, liturgical, evangelical, Marxist, Asian, Indian, and on and on.   On the basis of Biblical revelation, I thought it might be useful to list 10 traits of theology that should [...]

Prophetic Preaching or Expository Preaching?

Over the past thirty years or so, there has been a big emphasis on “expository” or “expositional” preaching. This is the practice of preaching straight through the Bible (or a portion of it) sequentially, exegeting a particular portion and expounding it. This surely is an acceptable way to preach, and it has a long history. [...]

Toward a Catholic Calvinism

I put myself on guard whenever I observe speakers and writers neatly classifying individuals into distinct, mutually exclusive, and seemingly airtight categories. One factor that makes individuals what they are is their own distinctiveness, a fact that renders most attempts at classification somewhat arbitrary. Nonetheless, the Bible itself classifies individuals again and again (saved and [...]