The Church Fathers on war and military service

"[W]hen God forbids killing, he is not only ordering us to avoid armed robbery, which is contrary even to public law, but he is forbidding what men regard as ethical. Thus, it is not right for a just man to serve in the army since justice itself is his form of service. Nor is it…Read more The Church Fathers on war and military service

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John Elwood, “Who Owns the Earth?”

From John Elwood:  In the fourth century, St. Ambrose of Milan, the teacher of St. Augustine and bishop of the Roman emperor, challenged the imperial economic order: “The world has been created for all, while you rich are trying to keep it for yourselves. Not merely the possession of the earth, but the very sky,…Read more John Elwood, “Who Owns the Earth?”

David F. Watson, “I don’t want the Benedict Option. I want the Wesley Option…”

From David F. Watson: Earlier this year I read Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. Its basic premise is that the culture has turned against us as Christians. We need to retreat and form tightly knit communities that will serve as arks in which we can ride out the flood of neo-paganism in Western culture. This is…Read more David F. Watson, “I don’t want the Benedict Option. I want the Wesley Option…”

Dr Ben Witherington on the Exegetical Evidence for Prevenient Grace

From Dr Ben Witherington, in his review of the exegetical section of Dr W. Brian Shelton's book, Prevenient Grace: God's Provision for Fallen Humanity: While certainly, there is plenty of discussion of grace in the NT, the fact remains that the phrase ‘prevenient grace’ does not occur in the NT, any more than the noun phrase…Read more Dr Ben Witherington on the Exegetical Evidence for Prevenient Grace

Roger Olson, “America has Become a Mission Field”

From Dr Roger Olson: [...] Christian missionaries from all over the world, especially the Global South (but also including some countries in the Northern Hemisphere), are flooding the U.S. with the clear and stated goal of re-evangelizing the very country that sent their countries missionaries years ago. One outstanding example of this new trend came to…Read more Roger Olson, “America has Become a Mission Field”

Jesus vs. “God-behind-it-all theology”

From Dr Greg Boyd: When Jesus encountered people who were physically, socially or spiritually oppressed, he never once encouraged them to resign themselves to their situation as being part of God’s mysterious plan. He rather viewed their various afflictions as the direct or indirect result of Satan’s will – and he revolted against them. For…Read more Jesus vs. “God-behind-it-all theology”

Bruxy Cavey, “The gospel is not just the message that people get saved by, it’s the message that saved people live by.”

"The gospel is not just the message that people get saved by, it's the message that saved people live by." --- Bruxy Cavey Below is a sermon on evangelism from Bruxy Cavey, from this past Sunday when he was a guest speaker at Woodland Hills Church. You can find additional resources on this sermon at their…Read more Bruxy Cavey, “The gospel is not just the message that people get saved by, it’s the message that saved people live by.”