Vatican II On the Nature of the Church Lumen Gentium

Introduction The Second Vatican Council was an earthquake that started the process of the Roman Catholic Church awakening from its medieval slumber. The Lumen Gentium, promulgated by Pope Paul VI and delivered on November 11, 1964, brought clarity to Roman Catholics on the nature of the Church and how they deal with those of other …

John Wesley’s Sermon #2: The Almost Christian

Introduction             The foundation for all flavors of Wesleyan theology (United Methodists, Nazarene, Free Methodists, and the newly formed Global Methodists, among others) is the sermons of John Wesley (1703-1791). In these sermons, Wesley spells out the distinctiveness of his approach to holiness, salvation, evangelism, and many other areas of doctrine. In the sermon The …

Evangelism Part 6 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #2 The Demoniac of Mark 5

Evangelism Part 6 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #2 The Demoniac of Mark 5 Continuing with our discussion on evangelism, I am looking at three unexpected evangelists in the Gospels. Last month we looked at the women at the well in John 4. This month we will look at a man whom none would ever think …

A Reflection on Hebrews 7:11-22

Hebrews 7:11-22             The passage at hand falls in the middle of the sermon to the Hebrews. Chapter seven starts with the author discussing the priesthood of Melchizedek referencing Genesis 14:17-20 when Abraham encountered the priest/king of Salem (Jerusalem). The author of Hebrews points out that Melchizedek had no lineage (instead of the Levitical line …

Evangelism Part 5 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #1: The Woman at the Well John 4

Evangelism Part 5 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #1: The Woman at the Well John 4 Continuing my look at Evangelism this year, I will spend the next three devotionals dedicated to some unexpected people who encountered Jesus and then went and told others about their experience of the good news – the gospel. The first …

My Ecclesiology

Introduction             My class in ecclesiology comes at a fortuitous time. Currently, my wife and I are looking at planting a church in our area. Although I have been a part of several churches and have a good deal of experience in multiple roles, this would be the first time we would be starting from …

The Covenantal Nature of the Church

Introduction             When the people of God gather in worship and proclamation, there is an agreement that is understood. The corporate gathering of believers links the individual with the church. The Holy Spirit is the common linking denominator between believers. However, there is also a standard agreement of doctrinal beliefs, culture, worship style, and more. …

Reddit Questions #2: Homosexuality, Mary reproducing, COVID, Ravi Zacharias, and hermeneutics

Reddit Questions #2: Homosexuality, Mary reproducing, COVID, Ravi Zacharias, and hermeneutics Would Mary giving birth to jesus count as reproduction? No. Reproduction happens when sperm from a man meets the egg of a woman. It is then that the new person is formed. Jesus appeared in Mary's womb as that fertilized egg. It was not …

Reddit Questions #1 – Prayer, beginner Bible reading, and imaginary friends

Reddit Questions #1 – Prayer, beginner Bible reading, and imaginary friends I have recently joined the throngs at Reddit (look for greggpj333), and one of the subreddits I am a member of is a place where non-believers can ask honest questions of believers. I have been active in this subreddit and wanted to publish some …