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Ignatius of Loyola: A Life of Obedience

Written by: Corey Latta St. Ignatius of Loyola, author of The Spiritual Exercises and founder of “The Society of Jesus,” also known as the Jesuits, a spiritual society devoted to the piety propagation of the Christian faith, speaks into Christian history with clarion voice for the sake of obedience to Christ. The sixteenth-century Saint’s message of obedience […]

Christianity and Islam: Creating the Conversation

Written by: Corey Latta Few issues facing the contemporary church are more pressing than how Christians should relate to Muslims. For Christians, the problem is evident. Islam is a religion that shares Abrahamic origins but denies Christological salvation. Islam, like Christianity, is monotheistic, but Allah, as Muslims call God, barely resembles the God of the Bible. […]

A Lesson in Apologetics From Polycarp

Written by: Corey Latta Apologetics, the defense of the Christian faith to an unbelieving world, is all logos, and mind, and cerebration, and ism. And theology, apologia’s paterfamilias, conceptualizes and constructs new theories about God. If it’s very good theology, it recalls those older ideas from which the theories are built. I confess, as one who […]

A Lamentation for Nice

Written by: Corey Latta I’m taking my youngest set of twins (yes, we have two sets) to the doctor today. It’s their three-month checkup. The three-month checkup means vaccinations, which means shots. My wife hates it. So do I. Our unsuspecting babies, totally content in our arms and blissfully ignorant of their surroundings, feel this sudden […]

Quiet No More

Written by: Pepper Horn It was the spring of 1981. I was driving solo across the southwest heading east on I-40 near Tucumcari, New Mexico. That’s when my Ford Fiesta gave up the ghost. In those ancient days before cell phones, I had no choice but to start sauntering down the highway. I had recently […]

The Mandate of Christ and Culture, Part 2

Written by: Corey Latta This is Part 2 of our series The Mandate of Christ and Culture. Click here to read Part 1.  I said in my previous post on the mandate Christians have to engage culture that the real aim of any interaction between Christian and cultural medium is to shine the light of Yahweh to the […]

The Gospel, Unashamed: Race Relations in Romans Part 2

Written by: Corey Latta This is Part 2 of our series The Gospel, Unashamed: Race Relations in Romans. Click here to read Part 1.  When Paul begins his letter to the Christians in Rome by saying he’s unashamed of the gospel because it is the power of salvation for everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then […]

The Mandate of Christ and Culture, Part 1

Written by: Corey Latta The phrase “Christ and culture” often refers to the way the Christian faith can and/or should relate to cultural ideas and mediums. Speaking of Christ and culture usually carries tones of Christian imperative, a sense of mission evoking questions of whether Christians should engage cultural mediums, and if so, to what extent. […]

The Gospel, Unashamed: Race Relations in Romans

Written by: Corey Latta The epistle to the Romans begins with and unfolds from 1:16–17, Paul’s thesis: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed […]

A Little Clarity on the Commission 

Written by: Corey Latta The believer’s participation in the Great Commission is mandatory.  Matthew 28:18-20 is clear about that. Christ, our Lord, has commanded, and we obey. But knowing that you should heed the Great Commission can seem, to some, far removed from knowing how to go about living it. As a way to help get […]