Does Acts 15 Support the Papacy?

Introduction It is not uncommon for Roman Catholic apologists to point to Acts 15 as to help vindicate the Papacy. For a couple examples, Dr. Robert Sungenis did so here and here. The general claim is that at the Jerusalem Council, Peter led as the supreme authority in order to definitively end a theological controversy. This then set a standard the Christian church would later … Continue reading Does Acts 15 Support the Papacy?

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: If It Walks Like a Duck… (pt. IV)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: If It Walks Like a Duck… (pt. IV)

God Has a Wonderful Law for Your Life

The Cancer [Christianity] has become a shallow self-help cult whose chief aim is not cultivating discipleship but rooting out personal anxiety. Rod Dreher, “Live Not By Lies”, 205 God has a wonderful plan for your life. With all of its ambiguity and deception, this was the famous trademark of sorts for a prominent evangelical milieu. This novel evangelical culture became so widespread that sociologists, missiologists, … Continue reading God Has a Wonderful Law for Your Life

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: Christology (pt. III)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: Christology (pt. III)

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: On Augustine (pt. II)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: On Augustine (pt. II)

Chrysostom on the Written Word

John Chrysostom (347-407) is widely considered to be one of the greatest preachers of the Christian church. His homilies that have been passed down to us are a rich treasure. Although his tongue was sharper than his mind, his theological insights no doubt carry much weight. His opening homily on the book of Matthew is particularly interesting. He begins the sermon series on Matthew with … Continue reading Chrysostom on the Written Word

Aquinas on Transubstantiation (pt. I)

I have always considered what is referred to as “the real presence of Christ” in the elements of the Lord’s Supper to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions (Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism). This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas. All of … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation (pt. I)

Ignatius on Venerating the Saints

Better yet, coax the wild beasts, so that they may become my tomb and leave nothing of my body behind, lest I become a burden to anyone one I have fallen asleep. Then I will truly be a disciple of Christ, when the world will no longer see my body. (Ignatius to the Romans, 4:2) Ignatius wrote a series of “goodbye letters” to many churches … Continue reading Ignatius on Venerating the Saints

In Defense of Full-Time Vocational Ministry

The Masculinity Craze Biblical masculinity is a big topic in the Reformed stratosphere, or so it seems to me. The last few years I have seen a rising emphasis within the Reformed community on discussing masculinity. There is no shortage of podcasts, blogs, and social media accounts dedicated to addressing a masculinity crisis within the church. I plan to share my thoughts on this trend … Continue reading In Defense of Full-Time Vocational Ministry

“7 Reasons Jesus was NOT sacrificed for your sins” Refuted

I have spent a lot of time recently responding to progressive, liberal neo-socinian attacks on Substitutionary Atonement (SA), or Penal Substitution (PSA) and so I decided to keep the streak going. Patheos, which is one of the most popular liberal Christian hubs recently posted an article from Keith Giles who presented some unique challenges to SA. He presented seven biblical arguments I will refute. Cherry … Continue reading “7 Reasons Jesus was NOT sacrificed for your sins” Refuted