Am I Suffering Just to Learn a Lesson?

We suffer for many reasons: we live in a broken world, God uses suffering to discipline those he loves when we walk in disobedience, God uses suffering to grow us in our faith, suffering is a way to imitate Christ, etc. But the purpose of this blog is not to give a full theology of suffering. Instead, this blog is aimed at addressing a common misconception many Christians have when it comes to righteous suffering. It goes something like this: “When we suffer it is because God wants us to come to a cognitive knowledge of some fact and, once we have learned that fact, he will take away the suffering.”

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The Mission of Individuals Vs. The Mission of the Church

We, as individuals, have to be careful that we do not confuse what God is calling each of us to do with what he is calling our entire church to do. You may be called to work at a particular ministry, but that doesn’t mean your entire church is. You may be passionate about a particular social issue, but that doesn’t mean your entire church is. You may feel called to serve in a particular way, but that doesn’t mean the church is. 

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Zach Lee
Christians and Alcohol

The American church has a long and tortured history with alcohol paved by winding turns of excess, prohibition, legalism, licentiousness, and confusion. So what should Christians think of alcohol today? Does the Bible command, condone, or condemn drinking alcohol? Is drinking appropriate, sinful, or unwise?

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The Evangelical Drift

Whether you are aware of it or not, a significant shift has occurred in Evangelicalism over the past 5-10 years. The Christian group that once “held the line” when it came to things like the doctrine of biblical inerrancy or the authority of Scripture has been slowly drifting away from much of its historic Christian thinking. This blog aims to give a brief overview of a few of the primary philosophical movements influencing and driving this undetected drift among American Evangelicals.

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Are All Sins Equal?

There are a few phrases I’ve heard pastors say that just rub me the wrong way. A common one is that “all sins are equal.” But is that right? Are all sins equal? Or is that just one of those weird things we hear preachers say but never stop to look up the answer for ourselves?

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Zach Lee
What Should Protestants Think About Catholicism?

We recently had a good discussion in one of our theological equipping classes about what Protestants should think about Catholics. Are they friends or foes? Can a Catholic be saved and remain a Catholic? Is Protestantism a new church or is it simply a purification of a church that had drifted a bit?

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Does Baptism Save You?

I have been baptized 6 times. If that sounds crazy to you, you are right; it is crazy. This blog aims to answer my questions which remained unanswered for so long; it might even help some of you avoid being baptized for a second, third, or seventh time…

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Zach Lee
Let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector?

What does Jesus mean when he tells the church to treat an unrepentant brother as if they were “a Gentile and a tax collector” in Matthew 18? Does this mean that we should treat them like Christ treated Gentiles and tax collectors? If so, how did Jesus treat them? Or does it mean we should shun or excommunicate them? If so, how and why?

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The Sufficiency of Scripture

Imagine this scenario in your local church: A 70-year-old Christian man (who has never been married) and an 18-year-old Christian woman (who has never been married) want to marry each other. You immediately assume that...

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Christian Responsibility and Mosaic Law

What are Christians to do with the Old Testament law? Some think we should be living more intentionally according to the tenets of the Torah (the Hebrew word for law, commandment, or statute); most are simply ignorant as to why their food, clothes, and lives should not more closely approximate the forms of the Old Testament. So, what are we to do?

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Geoff Ashley
Aristotle, Virtue Ethics, and Sanctification

In his famous work, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle, explains how to grow in virtue. Now, why would Christians care about what some pagan philosopher has to say about virtue? Well, his view of growing in virtue (or what Christians might call “holiness”) is surprisingly similar to what the Bible says regarding holiness…

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Zach Lee
Does Physical Abuse Constitute Grounds for Divorce?

Over the past several months, domestic abuse has been on the front burner of evangelical thought. All condemn abuse as sinful and wicked. All desire to help. But beyond a shared sense of sympathy and compassion, it seems that pastors and churches cannot agree on how exactly to answer this particular question: Does the physically abused spouse have biblical grounds for…

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Is Viewing Pornography Grounds for Divorce?

Jesus says that looking at a woman with lustful intent is adultery. Elsewhere, Jesus permits individuals to divorce their spouse if their spouse has committed (you guessed it) adultery. So then, does this mean that you can divorce your spouse if they look at (or have an addiction to) pornography?

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The Idol of Idolatry

Many in mainstream Evangelicalism have not only misunderstood what idolatry is, but actually have an idol of idolatry. For many church leaders and church members, almost anything and everything is made out to be an idol. Let me explain…

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Zach Lee
Romans and the New Perspective on Paul

Right now, The Parkway Church is going through the grand-daddy, Jedi Master, SEAL Team Six of New Testament theological epistles—the book of Romans. But are there places where we might be misreading Romans because we are reading our presuppositions back onto the text…?

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Zach Lee