Monday, May 19, 2014


"God will never give you a command you cannot keep." Whether it has been in sermons, at Bible studies, in small groups; I have heard this said a number of times. It is the notion that God would never give a person more responsibility than he or she could bear. Theologies concerning sanctification have been formed around this very thought. Think of Charles Wesley and Christian perfection. Worse yet, theologies concerning justification have been formed around this notion. Think of Pelagius and his denial of total depravity. Is it true that God would never ask of His people to do something that He knows they are incapable of doing? Let us test this idea against Scripture.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


I realize it has almost been one month since I last wrote anything here. There are two reasons for the long hiatus. First, in April I finished writing a pretty intense report on the religious world views of the people of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. That paper took a lot out of me and I felt that I needed a breather from writing for a while. The second reason is that I have been traveling a lot recently. Many of my normal ministry duties have been put on hold, hence some of my lighter duties have as well. I am currently working on a piece concerning a common saying that is often heard in Christians circles. It should be done in the next couple days. So, if you have been wondering if I would ever write again, worry no longer. However, if you have been glad to see my absence, you can begin to worry once more.