Is it Possible to Speak of God?

*Editor’s Note: This is a portion of a paper Travis once submitted for class. Travis is in class right now working diligently and provided this paper as a post for this week. Introduction Every Sunday morning there are pastors standing behind their pulpits talking about God. As a matter of fact, I am one ofContinue reading “Is it Possible to Speak of God?”

What is Theology?

What is theology? It is a word we toss around quite often, but do we really understand what it is? The word itself breaks down into two parts: theos and logos, the Greek words for God and word/reason, respectively.[1] So, in a certain sense, theology is simply talking, reasoning, or thinking about God. This ledContinue reading “What is Theology?”

How is the Church Governed and Led?

Four weeks ago we embarked on a journey to study the doctrine of the church. Thank you to all of the readers who have joined us along the way! Today we will bring this study to a conclusion by discussing church leadership and polity (government). The three main forms of church government today are Episcopalian,Continue reading “How is the Church Governed and Led?”

Church Discipline

One of my recent doctoral seminars at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary required me to articulate the Bible’s teachings on certain matters pertaining to the church. The past three weeks, we have seen a definition of the local church, as well as an explanation of the ordinances of the church (baptism and Lord’s Supper). Today weContinue reading “Church Discipline”

What is the Lord’s Supper?

Two weeks ago we began a study of the local church. If you missed the first two posts, you can check them out here and here. Today we turn our attention to the second of the two ordinances given to the church by Jesus—the Lord’s Supper. In his book Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches, JohnContinue reading “What is the Lord’s Supper?”

What is Baptism?

Last week we began looking at the church by defining the local church in 100 words or less. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. Part of that definition included “the observance of the ordinances,” namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper. They are called ordinances because they are acts commanded orContinue reading “What is Baptism?”

What is the Local Church?

I am currently in the PhD program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. My last doctoral seminar was on the topic of biblical ecclesiology—the study of the church. One of our capstone projects was to formulate some thoughts about (1) the local church; (2) the ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper); (3) church discipline; and (4)Continue reading “What is the Local Church?”

Why Are There So Many Bible Translations?

Who ever thought that buying a Bible would be an overwhelming experience? You just go to the store and grab one, right? Well…no. You go to the store and you have to choose between this translation and that translation, between this study Bible and that study Bible. It’s more difficult than it should be. SoContinue reading “Why Are There So Many Bible Translations?”

What Happened During Passion Week?

The week leading up to Easter is often referred to as the Passion Week. This week began with Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem on a Sunday (Palm Sunday) and ended with His death and burial. This, of course, led to His resurrection—Easter—which we are getting ready to celebrate in just a few days. When you readContinue reading “What Happened During Passion Week?”

Did Christ Die in My Place?

In last Thursday’s post we discussed the meaning of atonement and looked at two proposed theories. As Easter quickly approaches, we will continue with the same theme this week. First we will look at another popular theory that, while not completely incorrect, does not do the atonement complete justice. Then, we will survey the theoryContinue reading “Did Christ Die in My Place?”