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Martin Luther on being a theologian, writer and preacher

Martin Luther on being a theologian, writer and preacher

As a student of theology, writer, and occasional preacher, I loved reading Martin Luther talking about learning theology, and about the “little books” some of us write and the little sermons we preach. 

Some Thoughts on Les Misérables

Some Thoughts on Les Misérables

I love the redemptive message of Les Misérables, from book, to stage, to screen. It reminds me of the song “Amazing Grace,” because it is deeply loved even by those who don’t fully believe its message. 

Thoughts on The Shack in light of the author’s new novel and devotional

Thoughts on The Shack in light of the author’s new novel and devotional

For years I was asked to respond to The Shack, and though I didn’t do so publically, I did write an extensive review of it that I made available to a small number of people privately. 


Dialogue with Publisher About Mary Neal’s To Heaven and Back

Dialogue with Publisher About Mary Neal’s To Heaven and Back

In the previous blog I expressed concerns about some doctrines in the new bestselling book To Heaven and Back, by Mary Neal. This is my second and last article on this subject.

Bad Doctrine is a Cruel Taskmaster

Bad Doctrine is a Cruel Taskmaster

When I came across this statement somewhere, that bad doctrine is a cruel taskmaster, it stuck with me. I asked EPM staffer Julia Stager to provide some verses demonstrating it, and I added my summary statements to hers.

Why Should We Believe in a Historical Adam?

Why Should We Believe in a Historical Adam?

Last month Kevin DeYoung posted an excellent blog called “10 Reasons to Believe in a Historical Adam.” I can’t say enough about the importance of this subject. 

An Invitation to Spend Three Days Learning What God’s Word Has to Say about Heaven

An Invitation to Spend Three Days Learning What God’s Word Has to Say about Heaven

In this three-minute video, I share about an upcoming graduate course on Heaven I’ll be teaching at Corban University in Salem, Oregon May 8-10, 2012. 

Should We Be Against Hell or in Favor of It?

Should We Be Against Hell or in Favor of It?

In many conversations over the last few years I’ve said to people, “If God had given me a vote on whether or not there is a hell, honestly I would have voted against it. But that is not a point of pride, it is a confession."

Does the Word “Evangelical” Mean Anything Anymore?

Does the Word “Evangelical” Mean Anything Anymore?

I’m writing this while returning from ICRS, the annual Christian book convention. I’m sitting in the Atlanta airport, reflecting on some of my conversations the past four days. 

Conservative, "Christian Sounding," and Truly Christian are not the same

Conservative, "Christian Sounding," and Truly Christian are not the same

I have long been concerned about the tendency for Bible believing Christians to confuse conservativism and speaking “Christian language” with a true relationship and walk with Jesus Christ.

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