Basic Christian Thought Archive

Discernment in an Age of Information Overload

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This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS In our age of information overload, Christians must learn to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsity. The need for discernment becomes particularly […]

Love Wins: Making a Contradictory Case for Universalism

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 04 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Pastor and author Rob Bell is a phenomenon hard to avoid. His best-selling books (e.g., Velvet Elvis) and his popular Nooma video series have made him an attractive figure for […]

Ask Hank: Because Truth Matters

Hank shares the importance of sound biblical doctrine as well as fervent Christian living, and how these two go hand in hand

What is the Correct Way to Worship?

Hank addresses a question about acceptable ways to worship God in light of John 4:23-24.

Can a Loving God Hate Someone?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 01 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” This old saying often is used to resolve the tension between God being both […]

The Irreconcilable Pursuit of Christianity and “Cool”

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 04 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of […]

How the Gospel Frees Us from Psychological Oppression

This article first appeared in the Effective Evangelism column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 03 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Christianity is often pejoratively referred to as “dirty rotten sinner” religion. Our detractors will often say something like this: “Christians tend to […]

Emergents and the Rejection of Body-Soul Dualism

Discussions about the “emergent church”1 typically focus mainly upon the meaning of its views of know ledge, ethics, the gospel, salvation, and other doctrinal issues. But the more I read materials by emergents, or by those who are influencing them, I see a pattern that has not really been unpacked but perhaps is at the […]

Addressing the Problem of Evil

This article first appeared in the Effective Evangelism column of the Christian Research Journal, volume32, number4 (2009). One of the toughest challenges to the rationality of the Christian worldview is the existence of so much evil. We struggle to explain and cope with evils due to human agency (theft, rape, murder, racism) and evils due […]

Is the Shedding of Blood Necessary for Forgiveness?

According to the New Testament, forgiveness requires the sacrifice of a substitute: “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb. 9:22, NIV). However, since the destruction of the temple in AD 70, Orthodox Judaism has tended to regard the Old Testament sacrifices […]

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