Faith and Obedience

Recently I have been reading Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship where Bonhoeffer talks about the nature and meaning of true Christian discipleship—the purpose of Christianity. Reading it, I was most struck by how Bonhoeffer frames the relationship between works and faith.

only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.

Thinking more about this, I think this small phrase…

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Let’s stop calling the ESV a literal translation

Let’s stop calling the ESV a literal translation

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imageThe Bible is the most important text in Christianity and people grow attached to whatever version they do use. I most often use the ESV Bible (though not really on this blog which tends towards NRSV) because it is the Bible I find at once most accessible, somewhat familiar, and used by those around me. I use it because it is in a line of translations that stems from the one I grew up with, the…

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Race, and the Gospel

Race, and the Gospel

800px-US_Navy_100911-F-3682S-033_Fire_Controlman_1st_Class_Andrew_Eden,_right,_and_French_Army_Sgt._Lydia_Briand_prepare_to_raise_the_American_Flag_at_KaIn this last month, a formerly quiet community has taken the headlines after the shooting of Michael Brown. While the largest of racial unrests in America in years has largely died down to normal protesting, I still would like to explore a bit about how I think Ferguson relates to the gospel for us as Christians.

A theme of race and identity has shaped how America has always seen itself. For many…

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University and the Centrality of Faith

University and the Centrality of Faith

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Queen's University“Wisdom and Knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.” Taken from Isaiah 33.6, this small statement is the motto of my university and is supposed to be a reason for me, as a student in university, to learn about the world around me: of science and of humanities. However, this belies one important thing that we areChristians. It must always be that our Christianity comes first in all that we…

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Worship, music, and doubt

Worship, music, and doubt

There are few things that touch the heart as much as music and in churches we use music to worship God as the church has done since its inception. However, I must admit, there are times that I can’t bring myself to sing the words to the songs that so often fill evangelical churches. These songs like “How Great is Our God” or “Mighty to Save” or even “10,000 Reasons.” Why? Because so often these…

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Driscoll and a Broken Church

Driscoll and a Broken Church

Mark Driscoll has been an Evangelical Superstar for the last several years with his polarizing take on human sexuality and specifically manhood. And while I don’t agree with much of what he says, the current struggles of the leadership of Mars Hill Churches in Seattle have reached national prominence with coverage in major papers like the New York Times. It is saddening to see the ministry of a…

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Holiness is not Everything, God Really IS Love

Holiness is not Everything, God Really IS Love

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Christians who have tried to hold true to the character of God cringe when it is commonly said that “God is love” as if positive feelings were the sum of what it means to be Christian. And this is a valid concern because for many people, Christianity is merely a means to feel loved and accepted and Evangelicals have taken to shying away from talk of God’s love. This fear of undermining God is…

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The Evangelical Church’s Response to Gungor & Iraq and Why Both Are Connected

These past month conservative protestants have been strongly criticizing Gungor, but on the other hand Christians have been clamouring for solidarity with those who are being driven out before the Islamic State (previously called ISIS).

The Evangelical Church’s Response to Gungor & Iraq and Why Both Are Connected

These past month conservative protestants have been strongly criticizing Gungor, but on the other hand Christians have been clamouring for solidarity with those who are being driven out before the Islamic State (previously called ISIS).


Science and Evangelicalism

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ChemistryI am an Evangelical, and I am ashamed of Evangelicalism, specifically the American brand of conservative Christianity, and it’s approach to science as something to be feared. Whether is evolution, or global warming, or psychology, a large number of evangelicals approach science with needless credulity, undermining the scientific process, harming children, and fostering a faith built on a…

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Sanctification and light

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1.8

I think that complacency, a satisfaction with how we are today, is one of the things that is most antithetical to the gospel. Why? Because if the gospel is the message by which we are saved, the message of a coming kingdom, the message of how we are able to one day be perfect, how then can we think…

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