Christ the Center of True Religion

I’ve often heard the token phrase that “Christianity is not a religion it’s a relationship.” However, I’ve often been quite perplexed by this phrase because it seems dismissive of the thought and articulation of the Christian Faith throughout Church History. Christianity begins with the ministry and life of Jesus Christ upon the foundation of theContinue reading “Christ the Center of True Religion”

Contemplating Charles Spurgeon

Originally submitted to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary by the Author for the completion of an assignment.  Charles Haddon Spurgeon colloquially referred to as the “Prince of Preachers”, is an individual who needs little introduction. Head of a great number of organizations, including the Pastors College where he delivered the lectures recorded in Lectures to myContinue reading “Contemplating Charles Spurgeon”

Scripture, Holiness, and Ritual

This is a synthesis of my observations emanating from the contemplation of numerous texts over the past 12 months. The Foundation of Faith: Scriptures to be considered: 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Peter 1:1-4; Romans 8:1-11 The Death and Resurrection of Christ is the foundation of the Christian Religion. The task of the Disciple is notContinue reading “Scripture, Holiness, and Ritual”

Spirit of Early Christian Thought PT. 5

“Only by yielding to God and giving ourselves to the object of our search can we know the God we seek.” This singular statement forces a pause for serious reflection. Located in the 4th chapter of Wilken’s work this statement conceptualizes a particularly interesting reality in the life of the Christian. We cannot master God,Continue reading “Spirit of Early Christian Thought PT. 5”

Spirit of Early Christian Thought Pt. 4

The third chapter of Wilkin’s work is entitled “The Face of God for now” and is pulled from a quote from St. Augustine which says, “For now, treat the Scripture of God as the face of God. Melt in its presence.” This is reflective of ideas we have dealt with previously regarding the notion ofContinue reading “Spirit of Early Christian Thought Pt. 4”

Spirit of Early Christian Thought Pt. 2

Chapter 1: “Christian thinkers were not in the business of establishing something; their task was to understand and explain something.” pg 3. In the introductory post to this series, I referred you to 1 Corinthians 15:13-17, which is effectively a statement of the lynchpin of Christianity: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Wilken identifiesContinue reading “Spirit of Early Christian Thought Pt. 2”

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought Pt. 1

“The solemn work with which the Christian ministry concerns itself demands a man’s all, and that all at its best. To engage in it half-heartedly is an insult to God and man.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students Volume 1, 1875) This quote by Spurgeon is perhaps the best that I can provide toContinue reading “The Spirit of Early Christian Thought Pt. 1”

Worldviews and Racial Reconciliation

In Phillip Johnson’s forward to “Total Truth” by Nancy Pearcy, he writes “that understanding how worldviews are formed, and how they guide or confine thought, is the essential step toward understanding everything else.” In this very specific sense, worldviews are an integral component of epistemology, a field of Philosophy dedicated to the theory of knowledgeContinue reading “Worldviews and Racial Reconciliation”

Small Groups and Christian Thought

This weekend’s literature has primarily included a review of Wesleyan Small Group practices, Oswald Sanders’ Spiritual Discipleship, and the foundations of Christian Thought.  I am struck, as though by lightning, as I reflect upon what I have read yesterday and today regarding the nature of Christian Thought and Life. Of first importance is to acknowledgeContinue reading “Small Groups and Christian Thought”