Christ and His Church

It is not uncommon for some to claim the title “Christian” while disdaining denominational affiliation. They may attend a Baptist or Lutheran church, but they refuse the label. The words, “I’m just a Christian,” pass freely from their lips and in the process demonstrate their ignorance of what exactly the title they claim entails. Many […]

Keep “X” in “Xmas”

The season of peace and love has a knack for inspiring conflict and hate. A battleground in the so-called culture wars, Christmas is marked with vitriolic strife over proper holiday greetings and appropriate public displays. So, how are we as believers to react to the discord that surrounds us? What does it really mean to […]

Adult-Friendly Kids’ Movies: “Tangled”

I watch a lot of children’s movies. Two small children have provided me the “opportunity” to become a connoisseur of all things Disney, and in the process, I have seen many animated films that I found very entertaining and many others I found unbearably juvenile. I try to steer my children toward the former as […]

Christians and Alcohol

“Do you suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused? Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women?” Martin Luther “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1 Should a Christian drink? In […]

A Judge Advocate’s Professional Responsibility

Judge advocates, like all lawyers, have professional rules of ethics with which they must comply. The nature of military service, however, presents its own unique challenges with regard to professional responsibility. In this post, I will discuss some of the unique responsibilities military service imposes upon the practicing attorney. Fundamental Principles In the civilian world, […]

Divine Repentance

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. No issue is more central to the debate surrounding the place of open theists within evangelicalism than the compatibility of open theism with Scripture. While issues of philosophy and systematics are important when determining a theology’s validity, the implications of sola scriptura allow any theological position […]

Open Theology and Evangelicalism

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. Basics of Open Theology[i] Since the publication of The Openness of God in 1994, open theology has become a hot topic of debate within evangelical circles. The controversy became so heated, in fact, that the Evangelical Theological Society brought to a vote a motion to remove […]

Evangelical Understanding of Scripture

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. The story of evangelicalism is one of complex theological development and expression. Through the years, the term evangelical has carried a wide range of meanings.[i] While modern evangelicalism is by no means a monolithic movement, across the spectrum its foundational beliefs lie in its […]