Sola scriptura…for dummies

The Reformation insistence on “Scripture alone” was a response to the Medieval Catholic Church, which had derived beliefs/doctrines from the Bible and reason that the Reformers (rightly) declared not to be justified on the basis of the text of Scripture. An example is the doctrine of purgatory. There is no clear reference in scripture to an intermediate place of purification that changes the nature of souls so that they are fit for heaven. However, at the same time, it is a reasonable (if unbiblical) answer to the question: how do imperfect people get into heaven? That belief can, however, only gain hold when a source other than the Bible is allowed to augment the witness of scripture.

How to train key leaders as disciples and leaders

Last week I joined staff and area directors from sixteen campuses, along with our executive coaches, for training in ministry building. It was the best training of my ministry career. One of the things that made it powerful was the synergy that emerged from sharing the experience with one of my direct reports and our … Continue reading How to train key leaders as disciples and leaders

Are we a church separated by a common language?

In the Presbyterian Church (USA), we share a common theological language. That language, however, is filled with varying and often competing interpretations. We all say "chips," but some of us are thinking french fries and others Baked Lays. Same words. Different meanings.

Does God speak? Are we listening?

Does God speak? If He does, are we listening? My answer to those question is that God is speaking. He speaks to His people primarily through Scripture, which is our rule of faith and life--the lens through which we evaluate the content of other messages or impressions that we believe come from God. God also … Continue reading Does God speak? Are we listening?

Leather, whips, and self-restraint?

As our culture continues to grapple with the meaning of marriage, the Washington Post reported that vocal advocates of polyamory in the Unitarian Universalist church are detrimental to legal recognition of same sex marriage. You can read the original Post article here and the IRD’s commentary here. Many traditionalists have asked the question: if same … Continue reading Leather, whips, and self-restraint?