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A Theology of Faithfulness

Written by: Shad Berry God has not called me to be successful, but faithful. -Mother Teresa According to Hebrews 11, “it is impossible to please God without faith”. If “success” is the measure of our work, what room does it leave for faith? Meaning, if success is what we are after, how does that influence […]

A Theology of Enclosure

Written by: Corey Latta As a way to understand who God is and how He has worked throughout history, theology looks for themes in scripture. Themes, or controlling ideas, form discernible patterns. These patterns—constellations of God’s very mind and heart—reveal God’s character, offering us vivid, detectable truths by which we’re meant to live our lives. […]

A Theology of the Kingdom

Written by: Corey Latta Where we begin theology says a lot about what we value theologically.  If I begin with God’s sovereignty, then I’ll likely interpret other divine characteristics against that privileged trait.  If I prioritize Pneumatology—the study of the Holy Spirit—then I might be apt to gauge theology’s other disciplines—say, soteriology—by their pneumatological intersections.  Inevitably, and […]

A Theology of Being Known

Written by: Robbyn Abedi, Pastor of Community and Elder of Christ City Church in Memphis. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God…. -Apostle Paul (Galatians 4:9) When I was 12 years old, my mom gave me my first study Bible. I remember ploughing through it – trying […]

A Theology of Doxology

Written by: Ken Easley, Professor of Biblical Studies, Union University “That’s the best apple pie I ever tasted!” “What a stunning performance of Mozart!” “Your face is so beautiful! I never tire of just looking into your eyes.” When we experience something or someone good or true or beautiful, we can’t help but offer admiration and […]

Remembering 9/11

Written by: Corey Latta The Psalmist, writing about the destruction of his precious Jerusalem by the Babylonians, remembered the pain of his nation when he lamented. By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. To mourn for your nation is biblical. To remember, as the Psalmist did, that […]

A Theology of Suffering

Written by: Bob Bartholomew, PhD I have “erythromelalgia.” Whenever my hands, and particularly my feet, are exposed to temperatures over 80°F or are used vigorously as in the acting of walking or exercising, they become red and swollen and painful; hours pass before they return to normal. I still take hot showers, but I stand […]

Five Resources For Theological Studies

By Dr. Corey Latta There are hundreds of excellent books, both popular and highly technical, on theology.  These are just five of my favorites (mostly popular) that anyone interested in theology should read and are listed in no particular order. Read up! 1- A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke Why?  This little […]

A Theology of Freedom and Service

Written by Armond Boudreaux My prayer life has been pretty dry lately. For most of my adult life, I’ve read and prayed scripture at least once a day, but for the past several weeks, I’ve found it laborious – not because I don’t want to do it, but because lately, it requires a sustained effort […]

Extra-Biblical Truth

Written by: Jim Shultz, Chief of Missions and Outreach at Christ Community Health Services In Christian culture, there are some who say that ‘the Bible is our ONLY source of truth.’ This statement is included in many Christian statements of faith. If you have ever been to the doctor, you know that is not the case. […]