To be a Christian is to be Political

With the federal election campaign coming to a close and the general voting day just around the corner, people’s thoughts are naturally turning to the outcome, and the implications for the social and economic agenda for the nation. Christians I know are mobilizing to vote, for two reasons. I resonate with the first reason, recognizing […]

Get Out and Vote

I was going to post something different tomorrow, but the post will have to wait until next week. This week has been completely full. Tomorrow, my wife, son, and I will be working as Federal election officials at an advance poll in our town. It makes for very long days, but we like it. As […]

Letter to a Young Seminary Student

Thank you for your assignment. It contains some good insights, and some that are less so. Talking about the font size and paragraph breaks is an interesting observation, one I would not have thought to make. On a more important note, please don’t make excuses for your lack of theological training in writing about a […]

Methods, Norms, and Sources: Doing Theology as Normal People (aka Theological Hermeneutics for Dummies)

In theology, methods, norms, and sources refer to the building blocks, process, and standards for theological work. Sources are the places from which we derive theological content. It is important, when crafting a theological argument, to consider theological source material. For example, there may be sources about MAiD that give medical or sociological information about […]

On Men, Women, and Ruling Elders

In a 2005 presentation to the study conference on women and ministry leadership (the one that led to the 2006 resolution on women in ministry leadership), a leading MB pastor makes the clear point that the only thing that is not appropriate for women is teaching “in the position of authority, or for our purposes, […]

Believers’ Church? What does that mean?

I teach a seminary course called Believers’ Church Theology. Someone recently asked me what my 30-second elevator speech was to describe what I mean by ‘believers’ church.’ Here’s what I said: Believers’ Church ecclesiology (i.e., what Christians believe about church) is based on the idea that the church community is comprised completely and solely of […]