Category Archives: Theology

Saved from Hell or Sin?

by Josh Crutchfield, Pastor of FBC Trenton, Texas In 1974, Pastor Estus W. Pirkle created a film entitled The Burning Hell. This film was circulated throughout many churches in the U.S. and around the world, with the sole purpose of scaring people out of Hell. In this movie, Pastor Pirkle sought to portray the horrifying realities of Hell so that people would turn to Jesus and be saved from such … Continue reading

Government and the Limitations of Man

by Winston Hottman At a recent fundraiser, President Obama claimed that he is not a particularly ideological person. Though passionate about particular issues, he claimed that he is pretty pragmatic as to how we get it. I agree with the presidents sentiments about ideology and the need for a pragmatic approach to politics. If only he didnt contradict himself moments later: The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now … Continue reading

“Strange Fire” Polemics

At his blog,All Things New, Dr. Everett Berry discusses the recentStrange Fireconference, hosted by John MacArthur, and the reasons it has proved controversial : Its one thing to say that one may have certain defective ideas in their theology or that one disagrees with anothers interpretation of specific passages of Scripture.Thats just life until Jesus comes back.Yet to be perceived as if you are questioning another persons identityas a Christian … Continue reading

End of Innocents

*Posted by Kirk Spencer We entertain ourselves with Halloweens faux fear and almost never notice what is truly fearful. For instance, according to my recent issue of National Geographic, when a lion takes over another lions pride it immediately kills the cubs. No matter how cute and cuddly they may be, instinct has taught the victorious lion these cubs will soon become strong and youthful killers themselves. Killing cubs is … Continue reading

All Too Human

*Posted by Kirk Spencer President Obama was right when he said: When you think about why, in the African American community at least, theres a lot of pain around what happened here [the Zimmerman acquittal], I think its important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesnt go away And I dont want to exaggerate this, … Continue reading

Learning Theology from Julia Child

*Posted by Winston Hottman At his blog, Pseudoretrogracity, Professor Christopher Graham draws an analogy between the task of theology and the culinary prowess of Julia Child. And so, What makes a great theologian?The answer, I think , is amazingly close to Juliasverbal and modelled answer: technical, love of the topic, generous personality, winsome, engaging, inviting, thrilling, fallible, delicious, inventive. And though not seen in this video, she was willing todemonstratethat … Continue reading

Emerging Theological Issues for Evangelicals in the Days Ahead

*By Dr. Everett Berry. This piece originally appeared at All Things New. Evangelicals are always engaging one another over various theological issues, many of which are longstanding in the history of Christian thought. Examples include debates about the meaning of biblical inerrancy, the relationship between divine sovereignty and free will (especially as it relates to election), the legitimacy of complementarianism vs. egalitarianism, variances of opinion regarding church government and the … Continue reading

Why We Love the Local Church: Eulogy Written for a Country Churchyard

*At Criswell College, we love the local church. In this first FCC Summer Blog Series, we would like to highlight a few of our professors as they explain why this is the case. **Todays post is by Kirk Spencer, Assistant Professor of Science and History. Poetry, Texas I would like to share two experiences which renewed my appreciation for the local church and its necessity (and indestructibility). The first occurred … Continue reading

Why We Love the Local Church: Paradise in a Parking Garage

*At Criswell College, we love the local church. In this first FCC Summer Blog Series, we would like to highlight a few of our professors as they explain why this is the case. **Todays post is by Christopher Graham, Assistant Professor of Theology. Spiritual I love my local church; it keeps me from getting too spiritual. This, I realize, is a scandalous claim in the American evangelical community where the … Continue reading

The Art of Questioning: An Interview with Matthew Lee Anderson

*Posted by Brandon Smith I amthrilled towelcome my friendMatthew Lee Anderson to the blog todayto talk about faith, doubt, and his new book on how to question well, The End of Our Exploring. Matthew is also the author of Earthen Vessels, blogs at the popular Mere-Orthodoxy, and has written for Christianity Today, The City, and The Gospel Coalition. He is a Perpetual Member of the Torrey Honors Instituteand is currently … Continue reading