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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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 305: Sexuality (2 of 2)

Sexuality. In the previous article, we considered some related basics of God’s design for marriage.  This week, we consider a few common concerns and (more importantly) the underlying beliefs and desires that often accompany them. Because they’re good questions that … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 305: Sexuality (1 of 2)

Sexuality. Although God calls us to live in work relationships (1 Corinthians 7:21ff), governments (Romans 13:1ff), neighborhoods (Leviticus 19:13ff,) etc., when He created Adam and Eve to reflect His image, He designed them as husband and wife (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:24-25, 3:8ff). Yet, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 304: Stewardship

Stewardship: taking care of people, property, etc. that belong to someone else. The very definition explains why many struggle to find meaning and joy in life: we want to believe our lives belong to us.  For that reason, our stewardship is … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 303: Communications

Communications. As a counselor, I’ve heard spouses name many concerns as “the” problem in their marriage, but communications is almost always an underlying issue: one won’t open up or the other has no filter; when they talk it’s either superficial or problem-oriented; … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 302: Corporate Worship

“Corporate Worship” The written portion of this article is a redo of a previous one that you may have seen elsewhere.  The joy that can come from corporate worship is too important for me to leave you with that article.  … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (2 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 2 of 2 In last week’s video, CM 301 (part 1 of 2), we began by focusing on love in God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: one God in three persons.  … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (1 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 1 of 2 Per the introduction in CM 300, we’re beginning to consider ‘power tools’ for marriage in Jesus Christ. And one of the most powerful – for good or bad – can be the … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 300: an Introduction to God’s ‘Power Tools”

An Introduction to God’s ‘Power Tools’ In Christian Marriage 101-206, we considered practical applications for marriage in the basics of love as outlined in the Ten Commandments. This week, we build on that foundation by introducing five “power tools” God’s … 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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Christian Marriage 203

“Godly unity…” If you’ve been following this series from the start, you may remember that we noted a cumulative sequence in the first four Commandments.  There seems to be a similar layering of basic truths and concerns in the last … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 202

“Human worth…” “Every plot in literature or film centers on one question:  ‘who am I?’”  That’s a paraphrase from a movie I saw recently.  I guess the plot wasn’t developed well enough for me to remember more, but the point … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 201

“Because parents…” Ready for another layer? Although not fatalistic, the biggest human influence on our marriages is usually the time we had with our parents.  It may be better now (or not), but those were our formative years.  They shaped our view … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 104

“Real Rest” Ironically, the articulation of rest seems to have required the most work of all Ten Commandments.  You may also notice, only the Fourth Commandment changes from Exodus 20 to Deuteronomy 5.  I’ll address that in the video.  For now, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 103

“The Weight of the Name” In Exodus 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11, the third Commandment forbids taking God’s name in “vain”.  Why? And what does that have to do with marriage? The questions are actually closely related. In many cultures, when a … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 102

“The Issue of Image” The issue of image is a serious struggle.  It’s not only prevalent, it’s poisonous. Image emphasizes partial truths.  Consider some of the narrow areas that often define a person’s image: relative success in a job, physical appearance, race, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 101

“Our highest Love” One of the most basic problems in relationships is that we typically focus on the symptoms instead of the core issue. And that makes some sense. The very nature of a core issue is that it’s underneath … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 108: the Peace of Christ

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 107: the Positions of Christ (3 of 3)

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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