How the Virgin Birth is important: The Purpose of Doctrine

In my previous post, I address the topic of the Virgin Birth and how important it is to Christian faith. In response to the controversy generated by the statements made by Andy Stanley, lead pastor of Northpoint Community Church, I suggested that the importance we attach to the Virgin Birth is based upon how we Read More

How important is the virgin birth of Jesus?

Andy Stanley, the pastor of Northpoint Community Church, has stoked the fires of controversy again, as various Christian leaders have been responding to his statement that “Christianity doesn’t hinge on the truth or even the stories around the birth of Jesus. It hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.”1  Albert Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Read More

The Flesh and the Shadow Self

Paul’s notion of the flesh (σαρχ in the Greek) is perhaps one of the most important concepts for understanding New Testament, particularly Paul. Matter of fact, it may be the most important concept for Paul’s theological anthropology, as ‘flesh’ describes the universal state of human life. While ‘flesh’ has been understood as sinful nature (as the Read More

The Gospel of Liberation vs. the gospel of emotional imperatives

Don’t be scared! Calm down! Don’t get angry! Be happy, not sad! These and a littany of other emotional imperatives are common in our day to day life. We hear them as funerals when well-intentioned people try to encourage the family of the departed. When someone is visibly emotional, a reactive “cool it” may be Read More

Grappling with forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of the most difficult, if not at times, the most difficult part of following Jesus. It is one thing to struggle with what one wants and to sacrifice our desires to God; these struggles of the flesh are difficult but I would suggest it is generally to offer those up as a Read More