5 Things to Do to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

God has already put his Spirit in the hearts of all believers as a guarantee of all they have been given in Christ (2 Cor. 1:22). So, if Christians already have the Holy Spirit living in them (1 Cor. 6:19), how can they better experience […]

No Creed But the Bible?

The so-called fundamentalists of our day join hands with liberals on this point with their well-known slogan: “No creed but the Bible”. Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, 33. Tradition is the fruit of the Spirit’s teaching activity from the ages as God’s people have sought understanding of […]

The Athanasian Creed

It is sometimes said that you cannot describe the Trinity without committing some sort of heresy. Either you make God out to be three gods, or you make the three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) into a sham and pretense. The reason for this […]

Kids, Let’s Talk About Sex

This post was written by Jim and Angela Davis and Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Sex is one the most important topics of conversation parents get to have with their children. But it can sure feel intimidating. How do we bring it up? When do we […]

Arianism: Its Teaching and Rebuttal

Sudden chaos overtook Alexandria in 318. A riot broke out and people streamed into the street chanting, “There was a time when Christ was not!” Historical Background The slogan expressed an idea that had become popular: that Christ was a created being. But that idea […]

The Difference Between Guilt and Shame

Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre accurately describes shame as “a hemorrhage of the soul,” that is, a painful, unexpected, and disorienting experience. It is often linked to some painful incident—sin that has been done to us rather than by us. Shame has the power to steal our […]

Why Study Heresies, Creeds, and Councils?

Following the apostles, the early church maintained that heresy means directly denying the central orthodox beliefs of the church. Early church creedal statements codified orthodoxy into a widely accepted form. Even before important Christian beliefs such as the canon of Scripture (list of books in […]

When Home Isn’t Safe

Recent quarantining due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves many people vulnerable to suffering abuse when isolated in a dangerous situation at home. Many abuse survivor advocates and professionals are expecting that child abuse, intimate partner abuse, and sexual assault will increase during the pandemic because […]

Why You Shouldn’t Call That False Teaching a Heresy

This article originally appeared in Christianity Today (October 2016). A group of bloggers seeking reform in Southern Baptist circles recently decried pastor Rick Warren for teaching that God communicates to believers via dreams. The bloggers named Warren and other speakers at a 2015 Hillsong conference “heretical preachers that […]

Trauma, Children, and God

Children can experience trauma from a variety of experiences, including neglect, physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, death of a loved one, bullying, racial trauma, sickness, and more. Trauma occurs when children are exposed to an experience perceived as threatening or harmful and respond with intense fear that affects them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The compassionate and […]