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  • Hell: A Tentative Conclusion
    In the previous series, I surveyed four views on hell. In this post, I will share what I believe to be the “best fit” with the evidence at hand.  I find the terminal punishment (conditionalist) perspective outlined by John Stackhouse to be the most coherent argument that fits best with the Scriptural evidence. Here’s why, after […]
  • Hell and Purgatory
    This post is part 4 of the series Four Views of Hell which summarizes the Counterpoints book of the same name. My goal is to faithfully represent each of the four views as described by their authors, keeping my view out as much as possible. In my previous post, I covered the Christian Universalism view. Jerry Walls provided the chapter on purgatory.  […]
  • Hell and Christian Universalism
    This post is part 3 of the series Four Views of Hell which summarizes the Counterpoints book of the same name. My goal is to faithfully represent each of the four views as described by their authors, keeping my view out as much as possible. In my previous post, I covered the Terminal Punishment view. Robin Parry provided the chapter which describes […]
  • Hell as Terminal Punishment
    This post is part 2 of the series Four Views of Hell which summarizes the Counterpoints book of the same name. My goal is to faithfully represent each of the four views as described by their authors, keeping my view out as much as possible. In my previous post, I covered the Eternal Conscious Torment view. John G. Stackhouse Jr. provided the […]
  • Hell as Eternal Conscious Torment
    This post is part 1 of the series Four Views of Hell that summarizes the Counterpoints book of the same name. My goal is to faithfully represent each of the four views as described by their authors, keeping my view out as much as possible. Denny Burk provided the chapter in defense of the traditional view that hell is […]
  • Four View on Hell: Introduction
    The next four posts will present four views on the nature of hell, which summarize the arguments in the book Four Views on Hell: Second Edition. This post will be part of a broader series on comparative theology within the Christian protestant tradition. My goal in this series will be to faithfully represent these views as […]
  • Michael Emerson, Thaddeus Williams, and Racial Disparities
    Exploring the Cause(s) of racial disparities I love it when my books start having a conversation with each other. Both Divided by Faith and Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth ask the question: Why do we see so much racial inequality in America? Or, rather, how do we go about answering this question? Emerson (Divided by Faith) and Williams (Confronting […]
  • Is God “conflicted within himself”?
    Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund has been one of the most celebrated Christian books of the year. In the midst of many positive reviews Jeremiah Johnson’s Grace to You review stands out as an exception. Johnson sharply criticizes the book, going so far as to say that […]
  • Should pastors reject the language of leadership?
    I’ve spent most of my professional life studying and applying leadership principles. In Seminary, I took a class called “Organizational Leadership.” After Seminary I continued to read books and listen to podcasts (Rainer on Leadership) that addressed different aspects of ministry leadership. Meanwhile, in my “secular” job I moved quickly to the role of Tech […]
  • Are Christians inherently conspiracy theory-minded?
    In July of 2020, a church in my area opened its service with a video associated with QAnon. That video, which I watched along with the sermon, contained an amalgamation of conspiracy theories around the coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, and mail-in-voting. He followed his video with a political rant, with some Scripture sprinkled in.   The […]