“Doctrine and Devotion” pastors address “virtual communion” questions

Shameless plug: One of my favorite podcasts to listen to is "Doctrine and Devotion," "a podcast exploring Christian faith and practice from a Reformed Baptist perspective." Co-hosted by pastors Joe Thorn and Jimmy Fowler, the two co-hosts delve into deep theological topics and relevant questions, all the while playing off of each other in friendly, … Continue reading “Doctrine and Devotion” pastors address “virtual communion” questions

“Whatever Happened to the Lord’s Supper?” A Follow Up

Over a week ago now, I posted an article based on an online conversation that I had with a friend regarding the reasons as to why I believe the recent practice of "online communion" (started because of the coronavirus quarantines) is ill-advised at best (see "Communion and Covid-19"). When asked about its legitimacy, my answer … Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Lord’s Supper?” A Follow Up

“Is Wright Right in What He Writes?” (The Undying Love of an Impassible God)

An article has been circulating online this past week written by renowned biblical scholar, N.T. Wright, in response to the recent COVID-19 crisis that has suddenly taken the world by storm. True to character, the article is provacatively titled "Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus." In it, Wright invites his readers to rediscover the … Continue reading “Is Wright Right in What He Writes?” (The Undying Love of an Impassible God)

Communion and COVID-19: Thoughts from the Quarantine

"Virtual Communion"? Given the unprecedented, massive-scale quarantine that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused around the globe, recent discussions have taken place regarding the possibity and plausibility of administering the Lord's Supper online--what some people are referring to as "virtual communion." Below is an edited copy of a correspondence that I had on Facebook with a … Continue reading Communion and COVID-19: Thoughts from the Quarantine

Thoughts from the Quarantine: COVID-19 and the Hope of the Gospel

As COVID-19 continues to sweep through parts of the globe, a viral video was released today featuring a montage of celebrities singing the lyrics to the famous John Lennon song, "Imagine," which sings: "Imagine there's no heaven/ It's easy if you try/ No hell below us/ Above us only sky." Notably (and somewhat predictably), the … Continue reading Thoughts from the Quarantine: COVID-19 and the Hope of the Gospel

Who Is Carrying the Evangelical Torch? (A Survey, Synthesis, and Analysis of the Complex Evangelical Landscape)

The death of Billy Graham in 2018 signaled a sort of passing of the old guard for evangelicalism. Graham was the last surviving member of a small group of Christians that helped trailblaze the modern evangelical movement in the mid-20th century, along with Carly Henry, Harold Ockenga, Kenneth Kantzer and others. With his departure, it … Continue reading Who Is Carrying the Evangelical Torch? (A Survey, Synthesis, and Analysis of the Complex Evangelical Landscape)

The “United Methodists” Are No Longer United

What's Going On? Yesterday, the United Methodist Church made headlines by announcing that a taskforce of both conservative and liberal factions within the UMC have reached a settlement to part ways, with a new theologically conservative denomination branching off. For the past several years, the country's largest mainline denomination and second-largest Protestant denomination (second only … Continue reading The “United Methodists” Are No Longer United

The Both/And of Christian Witness (Part II)

This past Christmas, popular conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey revisted an old debate on her Twitter page, retorting: “Does the person claiming Jesus was a poor refugee also believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth & the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him? Do they hold the Word of God … Continue reading The Both/And of Christian Witness (Part II)

2 prayers to meditate on as we approach the New Year’s

As we approach the New Year (2020), I thought I'd share two prayers to meditate and contemplate on. The first one is a written prayer (known as a "collect") from the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican tradition, originally written for the observance of Christmas Day. (The prayers of the BCP have been passed … Continue reading 2 prayers to meditate on as we approach the New Year’s

The Both/And of Christian Witness (Part I)

This Christmas, popular conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey (known as "The Conservative Millennial") resurrected an old debate on her Twitter page, rhetorting: "Does the person claiming Jesus was a poor refugee also believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth & the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him? Do they … Continue reading The Both/And of Christian Witness (Part I)