Theological Triage, Yes. How about Emotional Triage, Too?

There are these moments. These situations where your conversation enters into the realm of debate. The disagreement is clear. Debate ensues. You hold one position, your friend another.¬† On the inside, you are convinced of your position. You have studied the issue, read your Bible, formulated careful conclusions, and are ready to stand your ground.…

Managing Disagreements: How can we love God and love people even when we disagree?

In this episode, Jonathon and Dustin sit down and chat about how we could manage our disagreements in more God-honoring and people-loving ways. Disagreements are common to human existence. Given the reality of sin, disagreements often lead to relational conflict. In order to thoughtfully head towards heaven in ways that glorify God and love those…

Not Every Thing is as Important as the Next Thing: John Calvin on Theological Triage

Our generation is bad at disagreeing. It seems, at least from certain perspectives, that if two people or groups disagree on an issue, they must be enemies. At least we too often act as if this is the case. Sadly, disagreement too often leads to open warfare. This is true whether we are talking about…

Welcoming and Affirming the Same Thing? Confusion in our Culture

Recently, a few guys in my community group had a great discussion about how we can love people who believe differently than us while also upholding the truths of the Bible. That is, we believe that the twin ideas of loving people and standing for truth are not antithetical to one another. Indeed, faithful Christianity…

Appropriate Speech-Acts: Thinking Carefully about Who Says What When the Church is Gathered (Part 2)

In this post I’m building on Part 1. I want to focus on this: when the church gathers for corporate worship, and both men and women are given opportunities to speak, what are appropriate acts of speech for men and women?¬†More specifically, if we say it is appropriate for a woman to prophesy when the…