Category Archives: Theology Thursdays

Every person has a theology: a system of beliefs about God that drives their actions, emotions, and relationships with others. Even if they can’t articulate it exactly (or believe there is no God), their choices and attitudes reveal what they believe.

This weekly series aims to help you understand what God says about Himself more simply and clearly. For He calls His people to live by faith in Christ practically, with confidence, and joy.

We will consider simple methods of how to inherit God’s Word for yourself, including example studies through shorter books of the Bible. We will also look at 8 “P”s of the gospel – basic themes about Christ that run from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 – and other studies about the Lord God (theology) in Scripture.

“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, ” (1 Peter 3:15)

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Christian Wholeness 107: “…with all your strength”

We have a few more publications in this series, but today’s focus is on Jesus’ last phrase of what it means to love God: “…with all your strength”. And that might sound least lovely. After all, shouldn’t love increase our … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 106: “…with all of your mind”

Since the 17th century’s Enlightenment and the unnecessary separation of faith and reason, the idea of Christian intellect has gotten a bad rap. The concern is basically two-fold: 1) mystical Christians either demonize logic in favor of experience or 2) … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 105: “…with all your soul”

“I would just die for some ice cream!”  Well…not actually die.  If I died, I couldn’t even eat it, right?  But you’ve probably heard people say things much like that, and such exaggerations communicate a fundamental truth:  we will sacrifice … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 104: “…with all of your heart”

For about a month now, this series of articles and videos has been considering what it means to be a “whole” person, as defined by Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39 and Mark 12:30-31.  For, as we noted in the introduction, we … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 103: “Love your neighbor as yourself”

Throughout this series we’re exploring how to leverage wholeness for our lives. And since Jesus said that God’s Word is summed up in loving God and others, we can simplify the threat to our wholeness as neglect or distortion of … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 102: who is ‘God’?

Two weeks ago we began exploring key concepts as they occur in Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:33. That’s where Jesus described the first and second great command. We introduced the implied message of wholeness; then we looked at ‘love’; and … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 101: “What is love?”

This week we consider the place of ‘love’ as a follow-up to last week’s introduction to wholeness.  For I began this series with one concern in mind:  we tend to be fragmented, not whole.  So we are also divided in … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 100: an Introduction

In order to serve a broader audience, I’m pausing the series on Christian Marriage for several weeks to consider how any person (married or not) can be whole in Christ.  But, first, let’s review the biblical backdrop. God calls us … Continue reading

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Re-Creation Design: a biblical, systematic, and practical theology on 8 “P”s of the Gospel

In many ways, the good news of Jesus is like the engine of a car:  purpose, fuel, strength, direction, and more are all interconnected by design.  If you’re curious, read on and check out the video below.  You may see … Continue reading

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Seeing the Consistent Gospel: the 8 “P”s in Jesus’ Teaching

The previous post in this series, “Theology Thursdays”, introduced how to see God’s consistent good news in 8 “P”s of Jesus’ life.  For an even broader introduction, you can view Seeing the Consistent Gospel of Christ in 8 “P”s from Genesis … Continue reading

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Seeing the Consistent Gospel: the 8 “P”s in Jesus’ Life

The last post in this series, “Theology Thursdays”, introduced how to see God’s consistent good news throughout the Bible in 8 “P”s of the Gospel.  If you haven’t seen Seeing the Consistent Gospel of Christ in 8 “P”s from Genesis … Continue reading

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Seeing the Consistent Gospel of Christ in 8 “P”s from Genesis to Revelation

Have you ever struggled to see God’s consistent good news throughout the Bible? Would you like to understand and explain the Scriptures by a few simple themes?   I think I can help you with that. The introductory video below … Continue reading

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Philippians 4:14-23, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less.  If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 4:8-13, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less.  If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 4:1-7, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less.  If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 3:12 – 4:1, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less.  If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 3:1-11, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less.  If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 2:19-30, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less. If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 2:12-18, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less. If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 2:1-11, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less. If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 1:12-22, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is one in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less. If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and “B.e. … Continue reading

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Philippians 1:1-11, Understanding and Applying the Bible

The brief video below is the first in a series of inductive studies on books of the Bible with six chapters or less.  If you’ve not yet seen the two introductory videos, “How to Understand and Apply the Bible” and … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 206

“Contentment” Maybe you remember being a young child and one of your parents telling you to “Eat your food!  There are starving kids in the world who would love that! Be thankful for what you have!”  They usually said that when … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 205

“Seek Truth” One of God’s greatest blessings is peace, especially in marriage, because peace is not the norm.  Whether we work with our hands, a computer, or our kids, we daily battle levels of chaos and long to connect with … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 204

“Because parents…” Last week we noted the Seventh Commandment as God’s basic design to reflect His image through faithfulness for godly unity in Christ.  Even so, a relationship may only appear unified because there’s no visible conflict.  The Lord calls … Continue reading

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