The Center of Old Testament Theology

*Note: The following is a series of excerpts from a paper Travis wrote recently for a doctoral seminar entitled “A Theological Center in the Old Testament: Major Options and Objections.” Arguing for a clear distinction between biblical and dogmatic theologies, Johann Gabler’s 1787 faculty address at the University of Altdorf has been marked by scholarsContinue reading “The Center of Old Testament Theology”

The God Who Answers Skeptics

I am scheduled to preach a sermon at the end of July and I have been studying Exodus chapters three and four in preparation. I love the story of Exodus and often turn there when asked to preach. In chapter three, we see our protagonist, Moses, admit some of his own flaws and express hisContinue reading “The God Who Answers Skeptics”

Apologetics: An Alternative for the Next Generation

It has been my observation that the next generation of Christians commonly finds themselves between a rock and a hard place. We’ll call the rock Nominal Christianity. We’ll allow the hard place to be Skepticism. Nominal Christianity Nominal means in name only. Nominal Christianity then is an inauthentic faith that is only associated with Christianity inContinue reading “Apologetics: An Alternative for the Next Generation”

How Do I Know God’s Call for My Life?

There seems to be a wide misconception surrounding “God’s will for my life,” or “God’s calling for my life”. Unfortunately, a vague teaching of “God’s will” has lead to a vague understanding of God’s will for one’s life. I’ve had people say, “Wouldn’t it be nice if every morning you woke up there was aContinue reading “How Do I Know God’s Call for My Life?”

Does the Old Testament Condone Slavery?

Someone once said, “Do you advocate for slavery and genocide? If not, you’re more moral than the God of the Bible.” First of all, as I always wish to point out, the atheist has no objective moral ground on which to stand. Compared to what objective standard is slavery and genocide immoral? I have anContinue reading “Does the Old Testament Condone Slavery?”

What is the Euthyphro Dilemma?

Socrates is probably my favorite philosopher. The guy just walks around ancient Greece asking questions. Who can’t relate to that? I’ve always been the annoying kid with a thousand questions. One observation I have gleamed from asking questions is that people don’t like being questioned. Even if you are genuine in your asking, many peopleContinue reading “What is the Euthyphro Dilemma?”

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?”

What is Pascal’s Wager?

Blaise Pascal was a 17th century French philosopher. He “wagered” in his work, Pensées (Thoughts), that a person should endeavor to believe in God because they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Why not wager to believe? Issues With the WagerContinue reading “What is Pascal’s Wager?”