Think Before You Vote: Connecting Some Dots on a Couple of Current Political Theories
When we Christians go to the polls, we must make certain we are not duped by highly misleading terminology. Some of these political camps, if not openly hostile to historic Christianity, are by no means allies in our mission for Christ and the truth. So, I’d like to remind you that the Christian should vote for the candidates whose policies are most compatible with a Christian worldview, and I will attempt to help you make that determination by filling you in on some of the pitfalls I see, politically speaking.
What is THE GOSPEL?
The Gospel means the good news. Specifically, it refers to the good news of salvation—God’s plan of salvation. Of course, any talk about salvation implies some bad news. The bad news sets up the good news. This article is a simple exposition of the Gospel linked together with supporting biblical texts.
The King of Gaia and His Amazing Grace
Many folk stumble over the doctrine of divine election. The following parable, though imperfect, is designed to show this creed in a different, but truer light. It throws into bold relief these truths: 1) that unless God Himself took the gracious initiative to save some, none could ever be saved 2) in the end the real question is not why did God choose some and not others but, considering the facts, why did He choose any and 3) absolutely nothing about the doctrine of sovereign election nullifies the gospel proclamation that “whosoever will may come and be saved.”
A Mini-Theology of the Word
In spiritual formation, intake of the Word of God is essential and primary. Everything else is complement. Nothing is an adequate replacement. The Word generates all the other holy responses that edify. That is the premise of this paper.
Rethinking New Testament Church Polity
One of the issues that continues to plague some of our churches is disagreement about church polity. This controversy has been percolating forever, but with special fervor since my seminary days. Wherever it pops up, it is nearly always with a view to downgrading the pastoral office. This is mischievous, and my hope in this article is to cast a little better light on the subject.
Musings of a Self-Confessed Maverick on Miscellaneous Issues of Critical Concern for Pastors and Churches
This paper reflects Pastor Jim’s reformist perspective. It was written for a talk addressing Portland area CBA pastors during a meeting held on February 13, 1986. At that time, Pastor Jim was chairman of the Division of Ministerial Studies at Western Theological Seminary. Snatches of this paper appear in his book, Dispatches from the Front Lines: Reflections on the Glory and Grind of Pastoral Ministry, available for purchase here.