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June 22 2017, 8AM

If I say “salvation is from the Lord,” what do you think of? If you are like most Christians, you think of how God forgives your sins so you can receive eternal life and go to heaven when you die. Well, the phrase “salvation is from the Lord” is f... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [gospel] [Jonah 2:9] [One Verse Podcast] [salvation]

June 20, 10AM

What is evangelism? What needs to be said in evangelism? Who do you say it to? How long does evangelism take? What Scriptures should you use? How do you know when someone has been “evangelized”? Ask these questions to 10 people, and you will g... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [discipleship] [evangelism] [Good News] [gospel] [gospelism]

June 13, 11AM

Last week I wrote that good works are not the necessary result of justification. Many Christians say that if you are truly a Christian, you will have the good works to prove it. I argued in last week’s post that this is not true. Let me provide thre... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [eternal life] [good works] [gospel] [gospel according to Scripture] [Ministry] [obedience] [sanctification] [sin]

June 8, 9AM

I am convinced that you must read the Bible with a half smile on your lips and a glint of humor in your eyes if you are going to properly understand some texts. I have written about this previously, especially in regard to understanding the parables of Je... [Redeeming Books] [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [hermeneutics]

8AM

Do you think that theology can be an idol? That is, do you think that we sometimes allow our study of God, or even what we think we know about God, to get in the way of actually worshiping and obeying God? In other words, do you think we Christians ever m... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Honor] [honor and shame] [idol worship] [idolatry] [Jonah 2:7-8] [One Verse Podcast] [theology]

June 6, 8AM

Lots of people wonder about the role of good works in the life of the believer. While I agree that good works are important, I do not believe that good works are the necessary result of faith, nor do I believe that good works are necessary to gain entranc... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [discipleship] [eternal life] [faith alone] [faith and works] [free grace] [glorification] [good works] [gospel] [justification]

May 30, 8AM

Paul was an outspoken proponent of God’s grace, and confronted legalism and works-based righteousness everywhere he went and with every letter he wrote. Paul’s magnum opus on the gospel, his letter to the Romans, has numerous clear statements about et... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [eternal security] [everlasting life] [glorification] [gospel] [justification] [Romans 8:29-39]

May 25, 8AM

What is your prayer life like? Do you ever wonder if you are praying properly? As we continue to look at Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2:5-6, we learn some more lessons today about how to pray, and how not to pray. The Text of Jonah 2:5-6 The waters surround... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [how to pray] [Jonah] [Jonah 2:5-6] [One Verse Podcast] [Prayer]

May 16, 8AM

I ran a poll on Facebook a few weeks back about how many books people read per year. It seemed that the average was around 20-40, but there were some who read 200 or more! So if you are looking for some books to read over the summer, here are 21 free book... [Redeeming Books] [Books I'm Reading]
My online discipleship group is for people who know they don’t have all the answers, who want to seek truth, wherever it is found, and who like to be challenged in their Christian beliefs and practices. If that describes you, join us today! On the other... [Redeeming Theology] [be the church] [Bible study] [discipleship] [follow Jesus] [following Jesus] [theology questions]

May 11, 8AM

In Jonah 2:4, Jonah states that he prayed to worship God in His holy temple. In this way, Jonah seems to take credit for his deliverance from drowning. And though he has no interest in obeying God by going to Nineveh, Jonah is happy about the prospect of ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Jonah 2:4] [obedience] [One Verse Podcast] [sacrifice] [Worship]

May 9, 8AM

Greg Boyd has a new book out. Actually, it’s two books. The two-volume work is titled The Crucifixion of the Warrior God.. I have been waiting for these books for about four years now … His book attempts to provide an explanation for the viole... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Greg Boyd] [violence of God] [violence of Scripture]

May 4, 8AM

I’ve encountered several people recently who fear death. I don’t know if you fear death or not. Personally, I don’t. But as we study the book of Jonah, we see that Jonah sort of wanted to die, but he didn’t want to die by drowning. We see why in t... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [death] [forgiveness] [Jonah 2:3] [love of God] [One Verse Podcast] [Suicide]

May 2, 8AM

Well this is fun… The book I published last year, The Atonement of God, won a gold medal from the eLit awards in the “Religion” category. If you haven’t read it yet, you really should. The first 70 pages are slightly more “te... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Atonement] [atonement of God] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Writing] [Christus Victor] [non-violent atonement] [violence of God] [violence of Scripture]

April 27, 8AM

When you think of hell, what is it you think of? A place of burning? Fire? Demons gleefully torturing people as they scream in terror? If you are like most people, that is likely what the word “hell” brings to mind. But did you know that such a depict... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [fire] [gehenna] [hell] [Jonah 2:2] [One Verse Podcast] [sheol] [violence of God]

April 25, 8AM

My two recent books have referenced René Girard’s Mimetic theory. If you want to learn more about this theory, and why it is so important for understanding life, Scripture, and ourselves, below is a video I recorded about all of this last year. The... [One Verse] [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [mimesis] [mimetic theory] [Rene Girard]

April 20, 8AM

In my own prayer life, I find it helpful to pray the prayers of Scripture. I sometimes pray the prayer of Daniel in in Daniel 9. Or the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6. Or any of the numerous prayers of Paul found throughout his letters, such as the one at t... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Daniel 9] [how to pray] [Jonah 2:1] [One Verse Podcast] [Prayer]

April 18, 8AM

My new book is out, and I want as many people to read it as possible, which means I want to make it as easy as possible for you to read. So here is what I am going to do … First, I am going to include the first chapter of the book below. And then I ... [Redeeming Books] [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Atonement] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Writing] [crucifixion of Jesus] [Death of Jesus] [kindle] [Nothing But the Blood of Jesus]

April 14, 8AM

I have a new online discipleship course that goes along with my new book. The new book is titled Nothing but the Blood of Jesus, and the course is The Gospel Dictionary. The Gospel Dictionary Course The book is based on the course, but the course is about... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Bible study] [blood] [gospel dictionary] [Law] [Nothing But the Blood of Jesus] [sin]

April 13, 9AM

I am even beating Greg Boyd’s new book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. (But this is because his eBook is SO expensive. It’s only $2 less than the paperback, and he is killing me in paperback sales) … And he claims to be non-violent&... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Writing] [Nothing But the Blood of Jesus]

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It’s Easter week, and it just so happens that we are looking at Jonah 1:17 today, in which we read that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a fish. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus uses this event to talk about how He will spend three days in the grave. The T... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Jonah 1:17] [Matthew 12:40] [resurrection of Jesus] [sacrifice]

April 12, 8AM

Yesterday I announced that my new book has been published and is now available for purchase or download from Amazon. Here are the links if you want to get it on the Kindle or in Paperback. In yesterday’s post, I gave the book description and the Tab... [Redeeming Books] [z] [blood of Jesus] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Writing] [crucifixion of Jesus] [law of Moses] [Nothing But the Blood of Jesus] [sacrifice] [scapegoating] [violence of Scripture]

April 11, 8AM

My book is out! Yay! Read on to learn more about what the book is about. If you are too anxious, you can just go here to get the book on Amazon: It is available on the Kindle or in Paperback. Right now, it is not available on other websites. Nothing but t... [Redeeming Books] [z] [blood of Jesus] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Writing] [crucifixion of Jesus] [Death of Jesus] [Nothing But the Blood of Jesus] [violence of God]

April 6, 8AM

After Jonah teaches some terrible theology the sailors, we see in Jonah 1:13-16 how the sailors respond. In the process, the author of Jonah clearly contrasts the behavior of the sailors with the behavior of Jonah. As we consider this contrast, we will al... [One Verse] [human sacrifice] [Jonah 1:13-16] [law of God] [One Verse Podcast]

April 4, 8AM

My new book is one week away from being available on Amazon. But I am having trouble deciding which description to put on the back. Can you help me decide? Here’s the front cover: Below are the two book descriptions I am considering. I know you ... [Redeeming Books] [z]

March 30, 8AM

Have you ever taught anyone some bad theology? I have. Sometimes I go back to look through the sermons I preached when I was a pastor fifteen years ago, and I cringe at some of the things I said back then. Sometimes I wonder if fifteen years from now I wi... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Death of Jesus] [Easter] [human sacrifice] [Jonah 1:10-12] [sin] [theology]

March 28, 8AM

In my “Gospel According to Scripture” online discipleship course, one of the lessons presents 10 reasons you can know that you have eternal life in Jesus Christ. Following this, the course also looks as numerous texts from the Gospel of John ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [eternal life] [eternal security] [gospel according to Scripture] [John 1:12] [john 3:16] [John 5:24] [John 6:47] [Once Saved Always Saved]

March 26, 3PM

For some reason, my Facebook feed is absolutely cluttered with post after post after post where people have some dumb image with a message that says something like this: Share this post if you love Jesus! or Want to be blessed? Leave a comment that says &... [Redeeming Life] [Facebook] [humor] [laugh a little]

March 24, 9AM

I just received the cover for my new book. I’m very excited. Here it is: Design credits go to Taylor Myers. Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Books] [book cover] [Books I'm Writing] [Nothing But the Blood of Jesus]

March 23, 8AM

Do you fear God? Are you afraid of Him? Should you be afraid of God? Does God want you to be afraid of Him? If you answered “No” to any of those questions, how do you understand verses like Proverbs 1:7 which tell us that the fear of the Lord is the b... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Fear of the Lord] [Jonah 1:9] [Luke 12:5] [Matthew 10:28] [Proverbs 1:7]

March 21, 10AM

People often ask me if I believe in “Once Saved, Always Saved.” They want to know if “Once Saved, Always Saved”is biblical. I say “No, but I do believe in eternal security.” Once Saved, always Saved is not biblical, bu... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [1 Peter 3:21] [1 Timothy 4:16] [eternal life] [eternal security] [good works] [James 1:21] [Once Saved Always Saved] [OSAS] [salvation] [Soteriology]

March 16, 8AM

I always find it interesting when non-Christians challenge and question Christians on our behavior. It’s pretty bad when the unbelieving world has a better sense of justice and a better understanding of right and wrong than Christians. But then, we’re... [One Verse] [evangelism] [Jonah 1:6-8] [One Verse Podcast] [theology questions] [witnessing]

March 14, 8AM

In two previous posts (Grace 1 and Grace 2) I have tried to emphasize that grace is absolutely free. The objection that is always raised when I write about grace this way is this: Won’t people take advantage of this kind of grace? The answer to that... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Calvinism] [grace] [Romans 6:1] [sin] [Theology of Salvation]

March 9, 9AM

I hope you’re ready to get challenged. Do you remember in the previous episode, how I told you that by studying the book of Jonah we go on a journey with Jonah? And by doing this, we join Jonah in learning some surprising things about God, but also, som... [One Verse] [evangelism] [Jonah 1:5] [One Verse Podcast] [punishment] [sin]

March 7, 9AM

I hold to radical, outrageous, shocking, scandalous, limitless grace. I believe there is no other kind of grace. But whenever I teach or write about this sort of grace, it is almost guaranteed that someone will object by saying, “So are you saying t... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [grace] [Romans 6:1; Titus 2:12] [sin] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin]

March 2, 9AM

In Jonah 1:4, God sends a storm upon Jonah and the ship that carries him to Tarshish. Is this how God normally behaves? It’s a practical question that all of us face in life from time to time. My wife and I are experiencing some difficulties in lif... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Jonah 1:4] [One Verse Podcast] [punishment] [sin] [storms] [violence of God]

February 28, 9AM

Grace is the key to everything. And I am not referring to the week-kneed, limp, powerless, feeble grace that you find in most Christian theology today, but the shocking, outrageous, scandalous, indiscriminate, senseless, irrational, unfair, irreligious, r... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Calvinism] [Crucifixion] [grace] [Theology of Salvation]

February 23, 9AM

I published a post this week on the blog about how a true understanding of grace allows you to just go sin all you want. If that is really what you want. I am going to write more about that in the coming weeks, but I received several emails from readers ... [One Verse] [forgiveness] [grace] [Honor] [Jonah 1:3] [One Verse Podcast] [shame] [sin]

February 21, 9AM

God’s offer of eternal life is simple … but it is not easy to believe. The simple offer of eternal life in the Gospel is that God gives eternal life to anyone who simply believes in Jesus Christ for it. Simple, right? But not easy to believe. ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [eternal life] [free grace] [gospel] [grace] [sin] [Soteriology] [Theology of Salvation]

February 19, 11AM

Have you ever tried to study or teach the books of Daniel and Revelation? If so, you know how challenging they can be. This is partly because these books are two of the “Apocalyptic” books in the Bible. The apocalyptic books of the Bible are ... [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [Daniel] [Preaching] [Revelation]

February 18, 5PM

How much does a person need to know to receive eternal life? The answer is that it depends on the person! Yes, there is a minimum, but no one will ever believe in Jesus for eternal life if all they know is the minimum. So how much should you share? How mu... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Apologetics] [believe in Jesus] [gospel according to Scripture] [Holy Spirit] [judgment] [love of God] [purify] [repentance] [sanctification]

February 16, 9AM

Do you have an enemy? Maybe it was President Obama. Maybe now it is President Trump. Or maybe it’s the Islamic terrorists in Iran. Or the religious nut jobs here in the United States. Maybe it is someone you don’t necessarily think of as an enemy, but... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [enemies] [Honor] [Jonah] [Jonah 1:2] [judgment] [One Verse Podcast] [shame]

February 9, 9AM

Do you think God would ever allow the country of Iran or Iraq to invade the United States and win? There are many people in the United States who claim that such a thing could never happen. But what if it did? What would you think about God and how He is ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Jonah] [Jonah 1:1] [One Verse Podcast]

February 7, 9AM

I was given access to preview the documentary, Is Genesis History? It is a movie which provides positive, evidence-based arguments for the reliability of the Bible as history. It is showing on February 23 in select theaters, and you can learn more here. ... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Apologetics] [flood] [Genesis]

February 2, 9AM

This podcast episode begins a study of the Book of Jonah. If you think you know the story of Jonah, stick around anyway. I predict you will learn some things from Jonah that you have never seen in this story before. In this discussion of Jonah we look at:... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Jonah] [One Verse Podcast]

January 17, 9AM

This is a review of Logos Bible Software, Version 7. I include the positives and the negatives of Logos Bible Software, and explain why I think that despite its minor flaws, it is still the best Bible Study software package available today. My History w... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [bible software] [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [ebooks] [Logos Bible Software]

January 10, 9AM

Due to many requests, one of my more popular books, Skeleton Church, is now available as a paperback! Go here to get it on Amazon. This book has helped thousands of people understand what the church is, and more importantly, how we can ALL live and functi... [Redeeming Books] [z] [be the church] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Writing] [Close Your Church for Good] [defining church] [definition of church] [go to church] [Skeleton Church]

January 3, 2PM

I am one of those readers who reads with a pen in hand. I almost cannot read a book unless I am underlining statements and scribbling in the margins. This slows down my reading speed significantly, but I think it helps sharpen my mind and interact with th... [Redeeming Books] [z] [4000 books] [best books] [Books I'm Reading] [Christian books] [theology books]

December 30 2016, 9AM

In this podcast episode, I give you 7 keys to understanding the Book of Revelation. If you want to understand the Book of Revelation, this podcast will send you off in the right direction. In this discussion of the Book of Revelation we look at: The 7 K... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [blood] [One Verse Podcast] [Revelation] [violence]

December 22, 9AM

I have said numerous times before that Genesis forms the foundation for the entire Bible. Today we are going to jump forward into the New Testament and take a brief glimpse at how the Gospel of John pulls themes and ideas from Genesis 1–3, and also how ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [1 John] [Cain and Abel] [Crucifixion] [Genesis 1-4] [Gospel of John] [jesus] [resurrection]

December 20, 3PM

Did you know I recently started a membership area on my website? Well, I did. But it definitely wasn’t so that I could charge you for my teachings. Frankly, if I could give away for free everything I write and teach, I would. No, the actual reason I... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Life] [z] [gospel] [missionaries] [Missions]

December 15, 9AM

This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a short summary of Genesis 4. This helps you get up to speed in this Podcast if you have missed most of the studies of Genesis 4. There are similar summary episodes for Genesis 1, 2, and 3 as well. Of course... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Cain and Abel] [forgiveness] [Genesis 4] [One Verse Podcast] [sacrifice] [scapegoating] [sin] [violence]

December 12, 9AM

A local school recently banned Christmas decorations and Christmas parties because the parents of one child were offended and threatened to sue. If I had my children in that school, I would consider threatening to sue because I was now offended that that ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Christmas] [discipleship] [humor]

December 8, 9AM

What event is at the foundation of all human society and civilization? We see what the answer is as we look at Genesis 4:16-26. It is important to understand what forms the foundation of society and civilization because doing so helps us understand our o... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Cain] [Genesis 4:16-26] [mimetic rivalry] [One Verse Podcast] [scapegoating] [violence]

December 6, 11AM

This time of year I see article after article from Christians about why it is sinful to decorate Christmas trees, wrap presents, and sing “Deck the Halls.” Whenever I see these blog posts and Facebook articles, I always want to ask the people who writ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Christmas] [Christmas Redemption] [Easter] [Pagan] [redemption]

November 17, 9AM

There is lots of turmoil in the United States right now because of the election results. The increasing turmoil makes me nervous because history, theology, and psychology show that there are typically only three ways out of such turmoil, and I am not yet ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [blame] [Cain] [Genesis 4:13-15] [One Verse Podcast] [scapegoat] [violence]

November 15, 9AM

There are a myriad of gospel truths in the Bible. Yet only one gospel truth is presented as the truth that people must believe in order to receive eternal life. This is the truth that God gives eternal life to anyone who believes in Jesus for it (John 3:1... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [believe in Jesus] [evangelism] [gospel] [gospel according to Scripture] [truth] [witnessing]

November 10, 9AM

In Genesis 4:10 we read that the blood of Abel cried out to God from the ground. Have you ever wondered what it said? Well, the book of Hebrews gives us a hint, and we look at these questions in this podcast episode. We will also be discussing how Cain i... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Abel] [blood] [Cain] [forgiveness] [Genesis 4:9-12] [jesus]

November 8, 9AM

In some previous posts, I have written that while the gospel is huge and complex, the gospel invitation is clear and simple. I have received many comments, Tweets, and Facebook messages about this, so let me try to clarify even further. There are thousand... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [believe in Jesus] [eternal life] [evangelism] [gospel] [witnessing]

November 2, 8AM

Genesis 4:8 contains the account of Cain murdering his brother Abel. This is the first death in Scripture and reveals something significant about death and violence. If you have been listening to my podcast for the past year, you may recall that as we w... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Abel] [Cain] [death] [Genesis 4:8] [Murder] [One Verse Podcast] [sin] [violence]

November 1, 10AM

Did you know that the Gospel contains pretty much every truth taught in the Bible? It’s true. Since the Gospel is about Jesus, and since Jesus is the focus of the Bible and all Scripture points to Him, then this means that the entire Bible is “... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [believe in Jesus] [eternal life] [everlasting life] [gospel] [gospel according to Scripture] [john 3:16] [John 5:24] [John 6:47]

October 27, 8AM

If I were to ask you when the first sin in the Bible occurs, you might point to Genesis 2 when Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Yet did you know that their actions in Genesis 2 are not referred to as “sin”? Sin is not ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Abel] [Cain] [Genesis 4:6-7] [Murder] [One Verse Podcast] [sin]

October 25, 8AM

The basic gospel message heard in many churches and found in many books in the United States can be summarized this way: God is good. You’re not. Try harder. Those who teach this sort of gospel message often use different words and different ideas, but ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [good works] [gospel] [gospel according to Scripture]

October 20, 9AM

Have you ever wondered why God did not accept Cain’s offering in Genesis 4? You have probably heard some sermons on this or have read about it in books. In this study of Genesis 4:4-5, we look at some of the theories of why God rejected Cain’s offerin... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Abel] [blood] [Cain] [Genesis 4:4-5] [offering] [sacrifice]

October 18, 8AM

Have you ever thought about the definition of the gospel? I find it surprising that while all of us Christians like to talk about the gospel, few of us actually agree on how to define the gospel. This is one reason I made my course, The Gospel According t... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [eternal life] [Good News] [gospel] [gospel according to Scripture]

October 13, 9AM

Have you ever wondered why Cain brought an offering of fruit to God in Genesis 4? Have you wondered what was wrong with Cain’s offering so that God did not accept it? In Episode 53 of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 4:1-3 for answers to these ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Abel] [Cain] [Genesis 4:1-3] [offering] [One Verse Podcast] [sacrifice]

October 11, 9AM

I remember as a child asking God to forgive me and accept me into His family, but afterward, every time I sinned, I would worry that maybe God had kicked me out of His family or that He didn’t love me anymore. I made it an almost daily habit to ask God ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [forgiveness] [gospel] [gospel according to Scripture] [grace] [guilt] [love] [shame] [sin]

October 6, 8AM

Today we begin to look at Genesis 4. And rather than dive right into the text, I thought I would first tell you a story. Hearing this story will help you better understand what is going on in this critical chapter of the Bible. In this discussion of Gene... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Abel] [Cain] [Genesis 4] [One Verse Podcast] [sin]

October 4, 8AM

The primary problem with most of what is proclaimed in churches today as the gospel is that it really isn’t much of a gospel. The word “gospel” means good news, but most presentations of the gospel do not contain a whole lot of good news. At least, ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Good News] [good works] [gospel] [gospel according to Scripture] [sin]

September 29, 8AM

This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a summary of what we have seen from Genesis 3. There is still some new stuff in this episode, so if you have listened to all the previous episodes on Genesis 3, you will still want to listen to this one. But ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Genesis 3] [One Verse Podcast] [redemption] [sin]

September 27, 8AM

Sorry for the song reference to Haddaway in the post title there … Although it was a really good song. A reader recently sent me an email which I was unable to answer. (GASP! Yes … there are numerous such questions!) So, with his permission, ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [1 Corinthians 13] [love]

September 22, 8AM

Death. I know; it’s not a popular topic. But it is what we are talking about today on the podcast. What do you think about death? Maybe, if you are like most people, you try not to think about it. But if and when you are faced with the issue of death, w... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Adam and Eve] [death] [Garden of Eden] [Genesis 3:22-24] [One Verse Podcast]

September 20, 10AM

I got this question about anointing with oil for healing from a blog reader: It was an honor to connect with you. Thank you so much for the free eBook, Skeleton Church. [Note: Get yours by joining my email newsletter]. It was awesome to glean from it con... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [anoint] [Bible and Theology Questions] [healing] [James 5:14] [sick]
The following is a “Guest Post” from Dr. Grant Osborne. He is publishing a series of commentaries on the New Testament, and has written about his life and why he is writing these commentaries. The commentaries are available through Logos Bible... [Redeeming Scripture] [commentary] [logos]

September 15, 8AM

When did the first sacrifice in Scripture take place? Lots of people think it happened in Genesis 3:20-21 when God gave “tunics of skin” to Adam and Eve before He kicked them out of the Garden of Eden. The idea often taught from this is that from the... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Adam and Eve] [clothes] [death] [Genesis 3:20-21] [One Verse Podcast] [sacrifice] [sin]

September 13, 8AM

Are you an author, blogger, or podcaster? Can I provide a tiny bit of advice? Let me do so by telling you about two authors… Author #1 An author recently emailed me about reviewing his book. This is a summary of how our email exchange went: Author: ... [Redeeming Books] [z] [authors] [blogging] [podcasting] [publishing]

September 8, 8AM

Did God curse Adam after he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Nope. Remember, God does not curse humans and God does not punish. Of course, in Genesis 3:17-19, God does pronounce a curse, so we’ll see what that is about in today’s e... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Adam] [curse] [Genesis 3:17-19] [punishment] [sin]

September 6, 8AM

This is a guest post by Jim Baton. Jim is an author and peacemaker between Christians and Muslims. Learn more at www.jimbaton.com Note from Jeremy Myers: If you would like to write a Guest Post for RedeemingGod, begin by reading the Guest Blogger Guidelin... [Redeeming Church] [z] [church] [discipleship] [evangelism] [following Jesus] [Guest Post] [Islam] [Muslim]

September 1, 8AM

Is it God’s will for men to rule over women? Lots of men sure think so, and one verse that has been used to defend this idea is Genesis 3:16 where God tells Eve that her desire shall be for her husband, but he shall rule over her. So is this verse descr... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Eve] [Genesis 3:16] [Marriage] [One Verse Podcast]

August 30, 8AM

This is the last post in my short series of posts on Biblical illiteracy. Here are the other posts: 2013 Post about Biblical Illiteracy Is Biblical Illiteracy a Problem in the Church? 15 Reasons Biblical Illiteracy is NOT a Problem in the Church As we h... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible study] [Biblical Illiteracy] [Biblical literacy] [biblical living] [discipleship] [following Jesus]

August 29, 4PM

Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? Have you ever wondered how it was formed? As you may know, there are two competing and contradictory explanations for how the Grand Canyon was formed. Most Young Earth Creationists (Creationists who believe the e... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books I'm Reading] [flood] [Genesis 6-8]

August 23, 8AM

I was recently interviewed by Thom Schultz, the CEO of Group Publishing, for his “Holy Soup” podcast. We talked about whether or not biblical illiteracy is a problem in the church. Lots of people think it is, and bemoan the fact that most Chri... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible study] [Bible teaching] [Biblical Illiteracy] [Biblical literacy] [Bibliology] [church] [Preaching]

August 22, 8AM

Do you want to study Scripture with more clarity, accuracy, and ease? Do you wish you could speed up the process of studying Scripture, and quickly find the best Bible study tools, commentaries, and word study guides? You can. It’s called Logos Bib... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [bible software] [Bible study] [logos]

August 18, 8AM

Have you ever heard a woman use Genesis 3:16 to say that the reason women experience pain in childbearing is because God cursed Eve? In other words, have you ever heard someone blame God for the pain that women experience in giving birth? These are the so... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Eve] [Genesis 3:16] [One Verse Podcast] [pain] [violence of God]

August 16, 8AM

This past week I was interviewed by Thom Schultz, the CEO of Group Publishing, for his “Holy Soup” podcast. Thom interviewed me about whether or not biblical illiteracy is that big of a deal in the church today. My answer was “No. Biblic... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [bible reading] [Bible study] [Biblical Illiteracy]

August 11, 8AM

Here’s a question for you: Is God a wife beater? The God that is often portrayed by many pastors and many Christian books is a God who wants to inflict pain on you for your sin. His wrath is terrible. His vengeance fierce. His anger is poured out up... [One Verse] [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Genesis 3:16] [violence] [violence of God] [women]

August 9, 8AM

This is a guest post by Mike Edwards. Mike asks questions in hopes one may reconsider any beliefs about God that may discourage one from pursuing God and spirituality. Mike blogs at: What God May Really Be Like – Misbeliefs About God. Visit his website... [Redeeming Life] [z] [guest blogging] [Guest Post] [hearing God] [Prayer] [voice of God]

August 7, 11AM

I take the Bible seriously, but a literal reading of the Bible undermines pretty much everything we do in church… Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Church] [z] [bible reading] [church] [humor] [laugh a little]

August 2, 8AM

This is a guest post by Grahame Smith. Grahame was most influenced in life by Christians who lived out their faith by rolling up their sleeves and taking risks by helping others. He is a Chaplain and Crisis Counselor and with his wife Rhonda has raised 3 ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [counseling] [guest blogging] [Guest Post] [Marriage] [pain]

July 28, 8AM

Does God curse animals and people? Genesis 3:14 indicates that God cursed the serpent. But what did the serpent do to deserve being cursed? And what is the whole thing about the serpent crawling on the ground and eating dirt? And then there is Genesis 3:1... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Genesis 3:14-15] [One Verse Podcast] [prophesy] [seed] [serpent]

July 26, 8AM

Sam Riviera is a frequent and popular contributor to this blog. Many of his posts on loving your neighbors and ministering to the homeless are consistently among the most popular articles on this blog. Based on his many years of friendship with lots of ho... [Redeeming Life] [z] [homeless] [Letters to Dad] [lgbt] [Sam Riviera]

July 22, 4PM

Last week Amazon had the paperback version of my book The Atonement of God on sale. This week, my eBook, The Re-Justification of God, is on sale. This book is an eBook only, and it usually sells for $3.99, but I saw yesterday that they slashed the price t... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books I'm Writing] [Re-Justification of God] [Romans 9]

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I first got to know Richard Jacobson through his interaction with me on Twitter, Facebook, and his comments on this blog. I liked what I saw and started reading his blog, where he creates insightful and humorous cartoons and videos about the church and fo... [Redeeming Books] [z] [be the church] [Books I'm Reading] [family of God] [go to church] [unchurching]

July 19, 8AM

This is a guest post by Brandon Davis. Here is what Brandon writes about himself: I live in Ft. Worth, TX. I am married to my beautiful wife, Lacy. WE have one little girl with us (Selah Rose) and one with Jesus (Haven Grace). We planted a church in 2008.... [Redeeming Life] [z] [guest blogging] [Guest Post] [Happiness]

July 14, 8AM

There are six revolutionary and foundational truths in Genesis 2–3. Today we see the fifth. These truths help you understand God, Scripture, society, culture, and yourself like never before. The one we see today is absolutely critical for understanding ... [One Verse] [z] [Adam and Eve] [crucifixion of Jesus] [Genesis 3:11-13] [Rene Girard] [scapegoat]

July 12, 8AM

Sam Riviera is a frequent and popular contributor to this blog. Many of his posts on loving your neighbors and ministering to the homeless have been among the most popular articles on this blog. Below is another one of his heart-wrenching and insightful ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Guest Post] [Sam Riviera]

July 10, 10AM

My newest book, The Atonement of God, has gone on a HUGE sale for Amazon Prime Day (July 12). The normal price of this book is $14.99, but the Amazon Prime price is only $6.99! That’s 53% off! This price is less than I can buy them myself from the print... [One Verse] [Redeeming Books] [Amazon] [Book Sale] [The Atonement of God]

July 5, 8AM

This is a guest post by Paule Patterson. Paule is the High School Student Coach at Real Life on the Palouse in Moscow, ID. He has three children and has been married to his best friend for over 10 years. He attempts to ask questions that are often glossed... [Redeeming Life] [z] [1 Kings 19] [Elijah] [guest blogging] [Guest Post]

June 30, 8AM

If you have ever been afraid of God, or have thought that God is out to get you, to punish you for some sin, if you think that the bad things which happen to you in life are because God hates you or is making you pay for something you did, this podcast ep... [One Verse] [z] [Adam] [Eve] [fear of God] [forgiveness] [Garden of Eden] [Genesis 3:8-10] [jesus] [love] [sin]

June 28, 8AM

I am really excited about the podcast I am publishing this Thursday. We will be looking at Genesis 3:8-10 which is where Adam and Eve hide from God after eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If you haven’t been listening to... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [2 Corinthians 5:19; Luke 15; Prodigal Son] [anger] [Death of Jesus] [Genesis 3:8-10] [love of God] [One Verse Podcast] [sin] [wrath]

June 23, 8AM

Genesis 3:6-7 are the central two verses of Genesis chapters 2–3. In a previous episode, we looked at Genesis 3:6, and learned a foundational truth about humanity. This episode reveals another foundational truth from Genesis 3:7. The Text of Genesis 3:7... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Adam] [Bible study audio] [Bible Study Podcast] [Eve] [Genesis 3:7] [rivalry] [sin] [The Fall]

June 21, 8AM

Do you want to get your Christian book published? I know the secret to doing so, and it only takes 10 simple steps. Here they are, in order: 10 Simple Steps to Getting Your Christian Book Published 1. Have some HUGE sins in your past. The worse the bett... [Redeeming Books] [z] [book publishing instructions] [get published] [humor] [laugh a little]

June 16, 8AM

This episode of the One Verse Podcasts look at the third foundational and revolutionary truth from Genesis 2-3. We see it in Genesis 3:6. This study also considers an important concept from René Girard’s mimetic theory to see how a key concept is fou... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible study audio] [Creation] [Eve] [Genesis] [One Verse Podcast] [scapegoat] [sin]

June 14, 8AM

A long time ago, I included this illustration in a sermon about heaven: There is an old legend of a swan and a crane. A beautiful swan alighted by the banks of the water in which a crane was wading about seeking snails. For a few moments the crane viewed ... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [earth] [Eternity] [heaven] [illustration]

June 9, 8AM

Was it wrong for Eve to engage in dialogue with the serpent in Genesis 3? If not, what was her mistake? What can we learn from this conversation between Eve and the serpent that will help us face temptation in our own life? This is what we look at in this... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Adam and Eve] [Bible study audio] [Genesis 3:1-5] [Law] [One Verse Podcast] [serpent] [sin] [temptation]

June 7, 8AM

This is a guest post by Doreen Frick. Doreen is the daughter of prophecy writer Salem Kirban, and was most influenced by the people in her life who showed her Christ in the practical ways. She and her husband, Wes, have four “kids” and 11 gran... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Guest Post] [John 11]

June 6, 8AM

It is extremely difficult to write a good commentary on the Psalms, partly because there are 150 of them, and if all you do is say the barest minimum about each Psalm you will easily end up with a commentary over 300 pages long. The main reason that is di... [Redeeming Books] [Bible Commentary] [Books I'm Reading] [Psalms]

June 2, 8AM

Why was the serpent in the Garden? If the serpent was Satan, as some New Testament passages teach, why did God allow the serpent to be there in the Garden, knowing that it would tempt Adam and Eve? What’s going on here? It is these sorts of questions we... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible study audio] [Genesis 3:1-7] [One Verse Podcast] [Satan] [serpent]

May 31, 8AM

This is a guest post by Jim Gordon. Jim is the contributor for Done with Religion, a blog site about living for God in a non-religious way. Jim grew up being part of the Methodist church for several years, then was part of several non-denominational churc... [Redeeming Church] [z] [attending church] [church] [guest blogging] [Guest Post]

May 26, 8AM

This study of Genesis 3:1 introduces the most important truth in all of Scripture. I believe that the truth you will learn today is discussed or explained or revealed in some way on almost every page of the Bible, and yet, amazingly, most of us have never... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Adam] [Eve] [Genesis 3:1] [One Verse Podcast] [scapegoat] [temptation]

May 24, 8AM

How do you talk to God? How should we talk to God? I often hear Christians who have picked up a really bad habit of saying “Father God” at least once every 5 words. I am not making this up. You have probably heard something like it yourself.... [Redeeming Church] [z] [Prayer] [talk to God] [The Lords Prayer]

May 17, 8AM

My newest book has been out for a couple months now. If you have been thinking of buying a copy to read, this post will help you learn more about my book, The Atonement of God. There are quite a few places on the internet that have posted excerpts and rev... [Redeeming Books] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Writing] [buy books] [Christus Victor] [The Atonement of God] [violence of Scripture]

May 12, 8AM

This podcast episode provides the normal explanation of Genesis 3. There is nothing really wrong with this traditional explanation of Genesis 3. When I was a pastor I preached through Genesis, and I went back and looked at my sermon notes on Genesis 3, an... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible Study Podcast] [Genesis 3] [One Verse Podcast]

May 10, 8AM

I have written about this before — “10 Christian Clichés to Avoid Like the Plague” and “Stop saying God Bless You” — but I keep running into more Christian Clichés that I wish Christians would remove from their vocabu... [Redeeming Church] [z] [christian cliche] [discipleship] [evangelism] [Sermons]

May 8, 10AM

Happy Mother’s Day! It is extremely difficult to be a mother these days, and so please take some time to thank every mother you meet today. And especially make sure you thank your own mother for all she has done for you. Below are some humorous Moth... [Redeeming Life] [z] [family] [humor] [laugh a little] [Mothers Day]

May 5, 8AM

This is the summary episode of Genesis 2. If you have listened to all the other episodes on Genesis 2, this episode will serve as a good reminder of what we have seen. If you have not listened to most of the episodes, or don’t have time to listen to the... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible Study Podcast] [Genesis 2] [One Verse Podcast]

May 3, 8AM

This is a guest post by Doreen Frick. Doreen is the daughter of prophecy writer Salem Kirban, and was most influenced by the people in her life who showed her Christ in the practical ways. She and her husband, Wes, have four “kids” and 11 gran... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Guest Post] [love like Jesus] [love others]

April 28, 8AM

Today’s One Verse Podcast is rated PG-13. Well, maybe PG. But either way, when you hear what I am talking about in this episode, you might be encouraged to gather your children around anyway and have them listen to this episode as well. If you have bee... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [fear] [Genesis 2:25] [One Verse Podcast] [relationships] [Sex] [shame]

April 26, 8AM

One of the greatest tragedies in the church today is that so many people think theology is boring. I have even encountered people who think that “theology” is a Christian curse word. They seem to think that one can either have Christian love or Chris... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Books I'm Reading] [love] [theology]

April 21, 8AM

What does Genesis 2:24 mean when it says that a man will leave his parents and cleave to his wife? Does this mean we should abandon our parents for the sake of our wife? Well, maybe, but if so, how then can we honor our father and mother all the days of o... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [family] [Genesis 2:24] [Marriage]

April 20, 8AM

A reader recently sent in this question about Mark 7:10. I was able to pre-order your book [The Atonement of God] and I can’t stop reading it! I am now on my third time around. It truly has continued to redeem my thought about our loving God, just l... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible and Theology Questions] [Capital punishment] [Mark 7:10] [violence of God] [violence of Scripture]

April 14, 8AM

People say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but when God sets out to create a partner for Adam, he rejects all the animals in the world, even the dogs. It’s a good thing too, because then God creates the woman. The creation of the woman is what we a... [One Verse] [Eve] [Genesis 2:20-23] [One Verse Podcast] [women]

April 12, 8AM

If you are offended by the title of this post, just stop reading here. It only gets worse… And no, I’m not trying to be sensational or create a “click bait” blog post. I honestly have a question for you to help me on regarding R... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible] [Genesis 2:21-23] [Sex] [violence]

April 10, 10AM

Have you ever tried to see God, but given up because you just cannot find Him? Maybe it is because you are looking too far away… If you cannot see God … look a little closer. Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Life] [z] [humor] [laugh a little] [see God]

April 7, 8AM

We are seeing several foundational truths from Genesis 2 about how to understand life, theology, Scripture, society, religion, and culture. Last week, we saw the first truth, that we are built for relationships. This week we see the second foundational tr... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 2:19] [imitation] [mimesis] [mimetic rivalry] [One Verse Podcast]

April 5, 8AM

Everett and his wife lived near my wife and me. Everett loved his rose garden, and spent many hours there, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, spraying insecticide, and cutting fresh blooms to give to friends and neighbors. Everett also attended the same churc... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Image of God] [loving others] [Sam Riviera]

March 31, 8AM

So far in Genesis 2, we have seen that God has set up his temple. The temple was finished in Genesis 2:17, which means that beginning with Genesis 2:18, the biblical story really begins. In Genesis 2:18, we see something foundational for how God wants us... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [alone] [Creation] [Genesis 2:18] [Life] [loneliness] [love] [One Verse Podcast] [relationships]

March 29, 8AM

My new book, The Atonement of God, has the subtitle “Building Your Theology on a Crucivision of God.” A few people have emailed me or messaged me on Facebook to ask if this is a typo. It is not. I coined the word to describe what I am trying... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Christology] [crucifixion of Jesus] [cruciform] [crucivision]

March 24, 8AM

As we look at Genesis 2:16-17, we will be talking about Jesus Christ and Him crucified and how His death on the cross reveals something about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil reveals something criti... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [1 Corinthians 2:2] [Creation] [Genesis 2:16-17] [judging] [One Verse Podcast] [tree of knowledge]

March 23, 5AM

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March 22, 8AM

My new book on the Non-Violent Atonement was released yesterday. It is called The Atonement of God, and you can buy it on Amazon. The book begins with a summary of three views on the atonement, and then I define and defend a fourth view, which is a Non... [Redeeming Books] [Redeeming Theology] [atonement of God] [Books I'm Writing] [Crucifixion] [cruciform] [Death of Jesus] [forgiveness] [non-violent atonement] [sacrifice] [sin] [violence of God]

March 17, 8AM

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a mysterious and troubling element in the Genesis account. Why would God put this tree there in the first place if He didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from it? We are going to spend two weeks looking at the T... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [commandments] [Genesis 2] [One Verse Podcast] [punishment] [sin] [tree of life] [warnings]

March 15, 8AM

RedeemingGod.com is One Year old today! Yay! And over the past year, do you know what I have realized? This: You are the BEST readers in the theology blogging world! Seriously. I love you! Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for sub... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [blogging]

March 13, 10AM

My new book on the atonement is almost out! One week to go… I have about 30 people reading through portions of my book on the atonement right now. So far, the feedback has been encouraging. Nobody has the whole book (except my wife) and everybody wh... [Redeeming Books] [Redeeming Theology] [Atonement] [blood] [Books I'm Writing] [Death of Jesus] [violence of God]

March 10, 9AM

Do you ever think you’ll be bored in heaven, just sitting around on clouds playing harps? Well, Genesis 2 indicates that this will not happen. Work existed before the fall of humanity into sin, and it will also exist in the future state. But don’t wor... [One Verse] [z] [Bible Study Podcast] [church buildings] [Creation] [Garden of Eden] [Genesis 2:8-15] [One Verse Podcast] [temple]

March 8, 9AM

Below is the fourth letter in the series, “Letters To Dad.” They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. Dad, I’m stupid. I was so wrong. I thought you and your rules were stupid. Tha... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Human Trafficking] [Letters to Dad] [prostitution] [Sam Riviera] [slavery]

March 6, 3PM

I have sent my next book to the printers… The book is called The Atonement of God, and is now available for pre-order at Amazon. And I am SO excited, because I believe this is my best book yet. If you have been following my blog for a while, you kno... [Redeeming Books] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Atonement] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Crucifixion] [Death of Jesus] [The Atonement of God]

March 3, 9AM

Last week I promised you that Genesis 2–4 contained some revolutionary ideas about everything related to life, humanity, society, religion, war, politics, violence, and pretty much everything else in life. But other than the fact that God is relational,... [One Verse] [Redeeming Life] [Adam] [Creation] [Genesis 2:7] [Image of God] [One Verse Podcast]

March 1, 9AM

Below is a list of the 100 Top Christian Blogs. If you made it onto this list of top Christian blogs, here is a badge you may display on your website: 300 x 300 badge 125 x 125 badge use this code: <a href=’https://redeeminggod.com/10... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [blogging] [synchroblog] [top Christian blogs]

February 28, 10AM

I love this quote from Gandalf: Never feel like you have to do great and mighty things for God. You don’t. The Kingdom of God is found in hugging your children, picking up your socks from the floor, smiling at the gas attendant, and basically ju... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Kingdom of God]

February 25, 9AM

Why is there a second creation account in Genesis 2? And have you ever noticed that when you compare the creation account in Genesis 2 with the creation account in Genesis 1, there are several key differences? What is going on? Do these differences prove ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 2:4-6] [Yahweh]

February 23, 9AM

I recently had a conversation with several guys about church and ministry, and we were talking about how there are so many people who seem to entering into a way of being the church outside of the four walls of institutional Christianity. By many estimate... [Redeeming Church] [z] [blogging] [Church Growth] [Holy Spirit] [internet]

February 16, 9AM

I have been writing a lot in the past three years about violence and non-violence, and how to understand the violence of God in Scripture in light of the non-violent revelation of God in Jesus Christ. I hope to publish a book or two on this topic within t... [Redeeming Life] [z] [1 Corinthians 2:16] [Holy Spirit] [Mind of Christ] [violence of God]

February 9, 9AM

I want you to invent God. Seriously. This blog post is an invitation to you to invent God, and then tell me about this God in the comments below. If you are uncomfortable sharing what you write, feel free to leave an anonymous comment. This is a practice ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [God] [Theology of God]

February 7, 11AM

Let the significance of this image sink in as you think on Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:41: “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Life] [z] [Matthew 5:41]

February 4, 9AM

In the first One Verse Podcast Episode, I had a stated goal of podcast episodes lasting about 5-10 minutes. So far, most have been around 30 minutes. This trend will probably continue. But here is my first 3-minute episode! Of course, this is because thi... [One Verse] [One Verse Podcast]

February 2, 9AM

Do you know what it means to “cherry-pick” verses from the Bible? When someone is accused of “cherry-picking” verses from the Bible, it means that they have a particular doctrine or idea they want to teach to others, and rather than considering ... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [crucifixion of Jesus] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Luke 4:18-19; Romans 15:9-12] [violence of God] [violence of Scripture]

January 31, 11AM

January 28, 9AM

This is a summary episode for everything we have looked at in Genesis 1–2 so far. The reasons for this summary are numerous: To remind you of what we have seen so far. To provide the big picture overview of what we have seen. Sometimes it is easy to mi... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 1] [One Verse Podcast] [redemption] [religion]

January 26, 9AM

I am writing a book on the gospel, and want your input. Specifically, I would love your definition of “the gospel.” In the comment section for this post, answer the following question: What is the gospel? Ready? Go! (After you leave your defi... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Books I'm Writing] [gospel]

January 21, 9AM

As we worked our way through Genesis 1 and the first creation account in Genesis, numerous people sent in questions about what they were learning. Before we move on in our study of Scripture, I wanted to take an episode to answer some of these questions. ... [One Verse] [Bible questions] [creationism] [evolution] [Genesis 1] [One Verse Podcast]

January 19, 9AM

“You shouldn’t eat beef. It is forbidden by the ancient holy books, the Vedas. If you eat beef you will suffer eternal punishment.” If my Hindu friend told me that, I would think it strange. Why? Because I’m not a Hindu, and don’t follow the tea... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Life] [z] [10 Commandments] [Christian law] [love others] [Sam Riviera]

January 14, 9AM

This is Part 2 of our study of Genesis 2:1-3, which is the seventh day of the creation week and the day on which God rested from His work. In Part 1, we looked at the text itself and considered various key terms and issues in this text, and also began to ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible study] [Genesis] [Genesis 2:1-3] [One Verse Podcast] [Rest] [Sabbath]

January 12, 9AM

I recently read the following in J. Denny Weaver’s book, The Nonviolent God (p. 220): When the hour arrived for the end of Word War I, Winston Churchhill and his wife went to Downing Street to congratulate Lloyd George, the prime minister. Churchill... [Redeeming Life] [z] [forgiveness] [redemptive violence] [terrorism] [violence] [War]

January 11, 9AM

When was the last time you seriously studied through 1-2 Chronicles? Yeah. I thought so. Me too. (Answer: Never) But if all Scripture is “God Breathed,” then these books also deserve our attention and study. So I was thrilled to recently receive a rev... [Redeeming Books] [1-2 Chronicles] [Books I'm Reading]

January 10, 4PM

Part of the problem with the Bible is that since it is written in an ancient format, people have trouble reading and understanding it. So I always love reading books that make the Bible come to life. One such book is God’s Story by Mark Roncace. This bo... [Redeeming Books] [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading]

January 7, 9AM

Do you observe the Sabbath? Why or why not? Lots of people struggle with whether or not we should observe the Sabbath. On the one hand, Sabbath observance seems like a very religious and legalistic thing to do, but on the other hand, God set up the Sabbat... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 2:1-3] [One Verse Podcast] [Sabbath]

January 5, 9AM

I am one of those readers who reads with a pen in hand. I almost cannot read a book unless I am underlining statements and scribbling in the margins. This slows down my reading speed significantly, but I think it helps sharpen my mind and interact with th... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books I'm Reading] [best books] [Christian books] [4000 books] [theology books]

December 29, 9AM

Thank you for joining with me in this past year on RedeemingGod.com. It has been quite a year, and you helped make it happen. I am sharing the following post, not to boast about what I have accomplished this past year, but to boast about you and how thank... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Bible Study Podcast] [theology]

December 28, 9AM

What is the purpose of life? What is the chief end of mankind? Is the chief end and purpose of man, as many dry and dusty old theologians like to say, “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”? If that’s the case, it’s no wonder that many people want... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Life] [One Verse] [Bible Study Podcast] [Life] [purpose in life] [Image of God] [Genesis 1:28-31] [Sex]

December 22, 9AM

I love Pentatonix, and I love Christmas, so what better way to get into the Christmas spirit by listening to some Christmas songs from Pentatonix? Enjoy … and have a Merry Christmas! I know the following is not really Christmas, but it&... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Christmas] [music]
I love Pentatonix, and I love Christmas, so what better way to get into the Christmas spirit by listening to some Christmas songs from Pentatonix? Enjoy … and have a Merry Christmas! I know the following is not really Christmas, but it&... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Christmas] [music]

December 21, 9AM

What does it mean to be made in the image of God? We began to see an answer to this in last week’s episode, and will finish answering this question in this study of Genesis 1:26. In the previous study of Genesis 1:26, we began to look at what it mean... [Redeeming Scripture] [One Verse] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Man] [Genesis] [Creation] [Genesis 1:26] [Image of God]
What does it mean to be made in the image of God? We began to see an answer to this in last week’s episode, and will finish answering this question in this study of Genesis 1:26. In the previous study of Genesis 1:26, we began to look at what it mean... [Redeeming Scripture] [One Verse] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Man] [Genesis] [Creation] [Genesis 1:26] [Image of God]

December 20, 11AM

And if you don’t hate country music, check out this song: The song comes from Brad Paisley’s Christmas album. Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Life] [z] [humor] [Christmas] [laugh a little]
And if you don’t hate country music, check out this song: The song comes from Brad Paisley’s Christmas album. Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Life] [z] [humor] [Christmas] [laugh a little]

December 15, 9AM

If you attend church, sing Christmas carols, send and receive Christmas cards, set foot into any store that is somewhat decorated for Christmas, or watch “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” you will likely see or hear some reference to the birt... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Theology of the Church] [religion] [Luke 2] [Christmas] [Birth of Jesus] [politics] [Matthew 2]
If you attend church, sing Christmas carols, send and receive Christmas cards, set foot into any store that is somewhat decorated for Christmas, or watch “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” you will likely see or hear some reference to the birt... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Theology of the Church] [religion] [Luke 2] [Christmas] [Birth of Jesus] [politics] [Matthew 2]

December 14, 9AM

What does Genesis 1:26 mean when it refers to humans being made in the image of God? Does it mean that we have intellect, emotions, and will? Or maybe, just as God is a Trinity, is it referring to our three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Or does it ref... [Redeeming Scripture] [One Verse] [Bible study] [Theology of God] [Theology of Man] [Creation] [Anthropology] [One Verse Podcast] [Genesis 1:26]
What does Genesis 1:26 mean when it refers to humans being made in the image of God? Does it mean that we have intellect, emotions, and will? Or maybe, just as God is a Trinity, is it referring to our three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Or does it ref... [Redeeming Scripture] [One Verse] [Bible study] [Theology of God] [Theology of Man] [Creation] [Anthropology] [One Verse Podcast] [Genesis 1:26]

December 8, 9AM

There are two famous men in the Bible named Joshua. One, of course, is the Joshua with a book named after him. This is Joshua, the son of Nun, the successor to Moses. This is the Joshua who led the people of Israel to embark upon the military campaign of ... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [grace] [jesus] [Joshua] [Theology of Jesus] [violence of God]
There are two famous men in the Bible named Joshua. One, of course, is the Joshua with a book named after him. This is Joshua, the son of Nun, the successor to Moses. This is the Joshua who led the people of Israel to embark upon the military campaign of ... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Theology of Jesus] [grace] [jesus] [violence of God] [Joshua]

December 7, 9AM

Are you an environmentalist? Maybe you think environmentalist are those tree-hugging, liberal lunatics who fight for the rights of rainforest birds and Pacific salmon while ignoring the humans and unborn babies. I have criticisms of the environmental move... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible Study Podcast] [Creation] [Genesis 1:26-28] [One Verse Podcast] [Theology of Man]
Are you an environmentalist? Maybe you think environmentalist are those tree-hugging, liberal lunatics who fight for the rights of rainforest birds and Pacific salmon while ignoring the humans and unborn babies. I have criticisms of the environmental move... [Redeeming Scripture] [One Verse] [Bible Study Podcast] [Theology of Man] [Creation] [One Verse Podcast] [Genesis 1:26-28]

December 1, 9AM

Below is the fourth letter in the series, “Letters To Dad.” They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. Dad, You probably thought you’d never hear from me again. Well, it’s me. I’... [Redeeming Life] [z] [gay] [homosexual] [Letters to Dad] [lgbt] [Sam Riviera]
Below is the fourth letter in the series, “Letters To Dad.” They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. Dad, You probably thought you’d never hear from me again. Well, it’s me. I’... [Redeeming Life] [z] [gay] [homosexual] [lgbt] [Sam Riviera] [Letters to Dad]

November 30, 9AM

In Genesis 1:26, God refers to Himself in the plural. He says, “Let us make man in our image.” Why does He do that? Why does Moses write it that way? Is this the first verse in the Bible that proves the Trinity? No, I don’t think so. This podcast on... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 1:26-27] [One Verse Podcast] [Theology of God] [Trinity]
In Genesis 1:26, God refers to Himself in the plural. He says, “Let us make man in our image.” Why does He do that? Why does Moses write it that way? Is this the first verse in the Bible that proves the Trinity? No, I don’t think so. This podcast on... [Redeeming Scripture] [One Verse] [Theology of God] [Creation] [Trinity] [One Verse Podcast] [Genesis 1:26-27]

November 26, 9AM

No serious theology posts today! Just some funny thanksgiving pictures. Enjoy! Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Life] [z] [humor] [laugh a little] [Thanksgiving]
No serious theology posts today! Just some funny thanksgiving pictures. Enjoy! Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Life] [z] [humor] [Thanksgiving] [laugh a little]

November 24, 9AM

I was recently listening to a radio talk show host talk about the right of American’s to own guns and he made the statement that even Jesus wants people to own guns. He said that true Christianity is a Christianity that bears arms. He then went on to q... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Guns] [Luke 22:36] [non-violent resistance] [pacifism] [violence]

November 23, 9AM

While I do not believe that Genesis 1 speaks directly against the theory of evolution, I do believe that the theology behind the theory of evolution has been around a lot longer than the theory itself. In fact, the theology behind the theory of evolution ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [creationism] [evolution] [Genesis 1:24-25] [One Verse Podcast] [podcast] [theology]

November 19, 9AM

In the last decade, I have published over 2 million words on this blog, and I am glad that you have found some of these words to be helpful and encouraging in your own relationship with Jesus. It is a privilege to write about something I am passionate abo... [Redeeming Life] [z] [blogging] [donations] [Ministry] [Money] [Writing]

November 18, 9AM

Here are some of the books I consult for every single episode of the One Verse Podcast: There are several more that are not in this picture… nor does this factor in the journal articles I read or books I use on Logos Bible Software. And in case yo... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Books I'm Reading] [podcast]

November 17, 9AM

Below is the third letter in the series, “Letters To Dad.” They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. Dad, At least that’s what I’ve called you the last few years. You’ll proba... [Redeeming Life] [z] [family] [homeless] [Letters to Dad] [parenting] [Sam Riviera]

November 16, 9AM

Is there something in your life you are ashamed of? If you are like most people, there are probably a multitude of such things. Maybe it is something evil that happened to you when you were younger. Maybe it is some addiction or temptation which you fall ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [creationism] [Genesis 1:21] [One Verse Podcast] [redemption]

November 15, 11AM

A couple months back, I wrote about Michael Heiser’s book, The Unseen Realm. That book was a somewhat scholarly approach to what the Bible says about the world that many modern, Western people ignore: the spiritual world. Now Michael Heiser has put ... [Redeeming Books] [Books I'm Reading] [Spiritual]

November 12, 9AM

Have you heard that Christians practice magic with salt water? It is the most remarkable thing to observe. The magic of salt water turns an ordinary, everyday Christian into some sort of super-apostle of the Gospel. If you have been feeling that something... [Redeeming Church] [z] [1 Peter 2:5] [discipleship] [evangelism] [missionary] [Missions] [Money]

November 10, 3PM

In exchanged for a review, Kregel sent me a review copy of What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About. I read and reviewed the companion volume on the Old Testament last year. Overall, this volume was much better. It provides a decent survey of the... [Redeeming Books] [Books I'm Reading] [Calvinism] [New Testament]

9AM

Sam Riviera is a frequent and popular contributor to this blog. Many of his posts on loving your neighbors and ministering to the homeless are consistently among the most popular articles on this blog. As I type these very words, one of his articles about... [Redeeming Life] [z] [homeless] [Letters to Dad] [lgbt] [Sam Riviera]

November 9, 9AM

This episode of the One Verse Podcast concerns the question about whether or not animals go to heaven. Do you believe that “All Dogs Go to Heaven”? To be honest, I don’t know if they do or they don’t. I am nearly certain that there will be animal... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [creationism] [evolution] [Genesis 1:20-23] [nephesh] [One Verse Podcast] [soul]

November 8, 11AM

In my One Verse Podcast, we are working our way through Genesis 1. I try to be fairly thorough in my research and explanations, but just discovered one view on Genesis 1:4 I hadn’t heard before. Here it is: On a side note, if you have not subscribe... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Genesis 1:4] [humor] [laugh a little] [One Verse Podcast]

November 5, 9AM

Walter Kaiser has written a new book on the tough questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament. The questions Kaiser addresses in this book are all excellent questions. The answers he provides, however, are not. Below is a list of the question... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Bible and Theology Questions] [Bible questions] [Books I'm Reading] [Christian books] [violence of God]

November 3, 9AM

This is a guest post by Peter Rouzaud. Peter recently started reading this blog, and then later discovered that he and I live in the same town! So we met for coffee and he shared with me some of his articles he has written. Below is one of these articles.... [Redeeming Life] [z] [discipleship] [experiencing God] [following Jesus] [Guest Post] [relationships]

November 2, 9AM

Today we conclude our 3 Part discussion of Genesis 1:14-19. Previously, we learned that Moses did not intend to write a scientific explanation of how the sun, moon, and stars came into existence, but instead wanted the Hebrew people to understand how Yah... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible Study Podcast] [Creation] [evolution] [Genesis 1:14-19] [podcast]

November 1, 11AM

Ever wonder what happened to your comment? If it’s the first time you commented, it automatically went into pending. Otherwise, our spam checker probably tossed it into the spam folder. We get hundreds of spam comments most days. Do you want to buy at... [z] [blogging] [comments] [humor] [laugh a little] [spam]

October 29, 8AM

October 31 is not just Halloween. It is also “Reformation Day,” which commemorates the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Church door in Wittenburg and sparked off the Reformation in 1517. I have often thought that I would ... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [artificial intelligence] [john calvin] [Martin Luther] [Reformation] [Theology of the Bible] [Theology of the Church]

October 27, 8AM

I recently launched the One Verse Podcast, and hundreds of people have subscribed so far. And while most of the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, I have also received a bit of negative feedback from people who subscribed and didn’t like wh... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Bible study] [podcast] [Theology - General]

October 26, 8AM

Many ancient religions were focused around the worship of the sun, moon, and stars. Annual religious holidays and festivals were often guided by the length of the days and the movements of the sun. The twelve months of the year are based upon the waxing a... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible Study Podcast] [Creation] [evolution] [Genesis 1:14-19] [podcast]

October 25, 10AM

In the last episode of Theology.fm, I mentioned that N.T. Wright is one of the scholars and authors who has influenced my thinking the most. I emailed N.T. Wright about two years ago to inquire about doing Ph.D. work with him, and he gave me some valuable... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [bible college] [Bible study] [NT Wright] [online bible college] [seminary]

October 22, 8AM

According to recent research, of the 210 million adults in the United States, 65 million of them used to attend church regularly but no longer do, and 2.7 million more leave every year. Church as we know it is dying. [Want to read some of the research for... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [atheism] [attending church] [discipleship] [following Jesus] [leaving church]

October 20, 8AM

I have participated in the Synchroblog for quite a while. But just as all good things must come to an end, the Synchroblog is closing shop. For this last synchroblog, participants were asked to write a blog post as if it were their only blog post ever. In... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [blogging] [crucifixion of Jesus] [crucivision] [discipleship] [follow Jesus] [grace] [love like Jesus] [synchroblog] [violence of God]

October 19, 8AM

Genesis 1:14-19 contains a description of the fourth day of creation. It is also the longest description of a creation day so far, taking up six verses in Genesis 1. The only other day that receives more attention is the sixth day, in which God creates ma... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible Study Podcast] [Creation] [evolution] [Genesis 1:14-19] [podcast] [signs]

October 15, 8AM

I write some controversial stuff on this blog from time to time. It often seems that whenever I do, I get a comment on the blog or over on Facebook that I am wrong because I have chosen to reject what the Bible clearly teaches in favor of my own personal ... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible study] [bible translations] [exegesis] [Greek] [Hebrew] [Majority Text] [NIV] [Theology of the Bible]

October 13, 8AM

Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t make Himself more obvious? Have you wondered why He doesn’t write His name in the clouds so they say, “I Am God and I Exist! Believe in Me!” or call out to us with a booming voice from heaven,... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [forgiveness] [grace] [Prayer] [Theology of God] [Theology of Man]

October 12, 8AM

When crops fail, famine strikes, or drought occurs, what are your thoughts about God’s involvement in such things? If you lived back in biblical times, you might think that the gods were angry at you, and that to appease their wrath, you needed to offe... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Baal] [Bible Study Podcast] [Creation] [Genesis 1:11-13] [podcast]

October 8, 8AM

All of us have major problems with our theology. And the sooner we recognize that our theology is not perfect, the better off we’ll be. Of course, the trick is knowing where you theology is wrong. Though I am certain I have problems in my theolog... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Bad Theology] [errors] [mistakes] [pastoral ministry]

October 6, 8AM

Thinking about the nature of truth helps us understand how the Bible is (and is not) true. And don’t get nervous … I believe all the Bible is true … but you need to read on to discover what I mean by this. Beginning with Truth There are... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Bible study] [Bibliology] [Inerrancy] [truth]

October 5, 8AM

This episode of the One Verse Podcast might be the strangest one yet. We’re going to talking about oceans of bunnies and mountains of spiders, and what both have to do with Genesis 1:11-12.If you want to hear something you’ve probably never heard befo... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Bible Study Podcast] [Creation] [death] [Genesis 1:11-12] [podcast]

October 1, 8AM

I hear a lot of religious talk about how following God will lead to suffering and pain. How we must sacrifice ourselves for Jesus. While I do not at all deny that the New Testament does speak with this sort of language (cf. Rom 12:1-2), and while I comple... [Redeeming Life] [z] [John 16:33] [life is hard] [pain] [Romans 12:1-2] [suffering]

September 29, 8AM

Since I have a lot of my sermon manuscripts online from when I was a pastor, and now that I have started a Verse-by-Verse Bible teaching podcast, I occasionally get an email from somebody asking what approach I use to studying the Bible, and what Bible co... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible study] [Sermons] [teaching]

September 28, 8AM

Are you scared to stand before God in judgment? Lots of people are, but we’re going to today from Genesis 1:10 that you have nothing to fear from the judgment of God.You will see this from how God names the earth and the seas, and you will also see that... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [dry land] [Genesis 1:10] [podcast] [seas]

September 24, 8AM

Most Christians believe that the death of Jesus on the cross was a good thing. That it was a good event. That it was where our sins were taken care of and salvation was accomplished for our sakes.But we Christians only say this because we have been blinde... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Cross] [crucifixion of Jesus] [crucivision] [Death of Jesus]

September 22, 8AM

Sometimes I get asked why I believe in God.In the past, I used to say that I found it harder to not believe in the existence of God than to believe in His existence.To put this another way, I found it easier to believe that everything came from God than t... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Apologetics] [CS Lewis] [Existence of God] [Theology of God] [Theology of the Church]

September 21, 8AM

Have you ever realized that in Genesis 1, God doesn’t actually create dry ground? Instead, He simply pushes back the waters so that the dry ground appears.Have you ever tried to push back water so that you create a little space of dry ground in the mids... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 19] [podcast] [the waters]

September 19, 6PM

Kregel Publications recently sent me a review copy of Philip Wesley Comfort’s new study resource, A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament (Get it on Amazon or at CBD.If you are relatively familiar with how pastors and theologia... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Bible study] [Book Reviews] [Books I'm Reading] [Greek] [Matthew 12:47]

September 17, 8AM

There is a fourteenth-century poem by Guillaume de Machaut that tells about how the Black Death ravaged a northern French city (I could not find an English translation of this poem online, but I read about the poem in an excellent book I’m reading, ... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Crucifixion] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Death of Jesus] [scapegoat] [violence of God] [violence of Scripture]

September 15, 8AM

I get dozens of emails every week from people all over the world who are scared of God.They had some bad thought enter their mind and are now afraid that God is going to kill their family and then strike them down with cancer before burning their house do... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [anger] [violence of God] [wrath of God]

September 14, 8AM

Are you ready to hear more about the mythical background to the Genesis creation story? Have you been telling your family and friends how Genesis 1 is connected to the Babylonian Enuma Elish, the Gilgamesh Epic, and various Egyptian creation epics, and th... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 1:6-8] [podcast] [resurrection] [science]

September 13, 10AM

I am officially launching my podcast! Click the image below to open iTunes and subscribe.If for some reason the link in that image doesn’t work, click here to subscribe at iTunesThe One Verse PodcastThe podcast is called the “One Verse Podcast... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [podcast]

September 12, 8AM

In the opening paragraph to Understanding Prophecy, Alan Bandy and Benjamin Merkle say that “Prophecy is something with which most people are either obsessed ad nauseum or about which they feel so inadequate they avoid it altogether” (p. 17).This has ... [Redeeming Scripture] [Books I'm Reading] [Prophecy] [prophesy]

September 10, 8AM

Some like to say that theology is the queen of the sciences. But I am beginning to think theology is not so much a science as it is a form of entertainment.I mean, don’t these guys look like a barrel of laughs?Seriously though, we theologians often ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Entertainment] [laugh] [theology] [Theology Introduction]

September 8, 8AM

It is popular to talk about living balanced. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about the balanced life.We need to have balanced diets, balanced budgets, balanced work life, balanced emotions, and balanced families.I am not opposed to any of that, I ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [balanced life] [Bible study] [discipleship] [following Jesus] [service] [Spiritual gifts]

September 7, 10AM

Do you think the world was created over millions and billions of years? Or do you think that everything that exists was created in six 24-hour periods?In this episode of the One Verse podcast, we will look at Genesis 1:5, I will share my view.And just as ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 1:5] [podcast]

September 4, 4PM

What does it mean that God presides over an assembly of divine beings (Psa 82:1)?How are we to understand when those beings participate in God’s decisions (1 Kings 22:19­23)?Why wasn’t Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her (Gen 3:1-4)?W... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books I'm Reading] [Spiritual]

September 3, 8AM

I love seeing the beauty of God’s creation. Here are five images I recently found which I thought were spectacular.Read on to hear an exciting announcement as well!5 Awesome Pictures of CreationMy Exciting AnnouncementHere is my exciting announcemen... [Redeeming Life] [z] [Creation] [podcast]

September 1, 8AM

In Matthew 16, Jesus asks His disciples who they thought He was. It was Peter who answered that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matt 16:16). As a result, Jesus said this:I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build ... [Redeeming Church] [z] [discipleship] [gospels] [jesus] [Matthew 16:16] [Peter] [Theology of the Church]

August 31, 10AM

Do you live separate from the world? As a follower of Jesus, Scripture instructs you to have nothing to do with deeds of darkness and the ways of this world. But how are you to do that?Does it mean you should stay away from non-Christian people, and never... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 1:4] [light] [podcast]

August 27, 8AM

I was recently having a discussion with an atheist who had grown up in a Christian family and had gone to church for the first twenty years of her life. But she became an atheist in her 20s.When I asked her why she became an atheist, she said, “I st... [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [1 Peter 2:18] [2 Kings 2:23-24] [atheism] [Deuteronomy 22:20-21] [Deuteronomy 23:1] [Deuteronomy 25:11-12] [Exodus 21:20-21] [Genesis 19:8] [Leviticus 20:9] [Leviticus 21:18-19] [Leviticus 25:44-45] [Psalm 137:9] [slavery] [violence of God]

August 25, 8AM

Was that blog post title too provocative?Here is something even more provocative: There is much in Christianity that is Satanic.In fact, many elements of Christianity might make it the most Satanic religion on earth.If you are already offended by this pos... [Redeeming Church] [z] [Luke 4] [Matthew 4] [Satan] [Theology of Angels] [violence] [Worship]

August 24, 10AM

Genesis 1:3 is packed full of truth and insight into something very important. This text provides a clear contrast for us.It contrasts how religion tells us to deal with evil in the world, and how God deals with evil in the world. God’s way leads to l... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 1:3] [light] [podcast]

August 23, 10AM

Please share this post with others!The post Preaching Against False Doctrines appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Life] [z] [doctrine] [humor] [laugh a little]

August 20, 8AM

It is commonly thought that the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to make us more spiritual. That through indwelling and empowering us, He connects us to our “spiritual” side so that we become more Godly and spiritually-minded.Nothing could be fur... [Redeeming Life] [z] [discipleship] [Godliness] [Theology of Man] [Theology of the Holy Spirit]

August 18, 8AM

The impression we get from much of what passes for Christian teaching is that the closer we get to God, the more like Him we will become, and the less like ourselves.In this way, God is sort of pictured as a being who sucks the human life out of us and in... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Anthropology] [atheism] [discipleship] [freedom] [Godliness] [humanity] [John 10:10] [Life] [Theology of Man]

August 17, 10AM

This episode of the One Verse podcast looks at Genesis 1:2, where we see that although the text contains numerous dark and ominous elements, it ultimately points us to hope that our God is different than the gods of other religions.Main points from Gene... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Creation] [Genesis 1:2] [podcast]

August 16, 10AM

Please share this post with others!The post It’s hard to be religious… appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Life] [z] [humor] [laugh a litte] [religion]

August 13, 9AM

It’s my Birthday (in a couple days, anyway), and I want to thank you for the great Birthday present.Did you know you gave me a present? You did.What was it?You read this blog. Thank you very, very much. You have no idea how much it means to me. (Kee... [Redeeming Life] [z] [blog reading] [blogging] [free books] [giveaway]

August 11, 8AM

Yes, you read that title correctly.I know, I know. Popular preaching advice tells you that “People learn through stories,” and that “You need illustrations to make your point.”I do not disagree that stories and illustrations are helpful in preachi... [Redeeming Church] [z] [Illustrations] [jesus] [Luke 8] [parables] [Preaching] [Stories] [teaching]

August 6, 8AM

Jesus says that whatever you ask for in his name will be given to you (John 14:13-14)In an attempt to follow Jesus’ instructions, many parents and churches teach (usually be example) that every prayer should conclude with the words “…in ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Jesus name] [John 14:13-14] [Prayer]

August 4, 8AM

In case you missed it, Tim Tebow is back on the football field, vying for a 3rd-string quarterback position with the Philadelphia Eagles behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. If you haven’t heard because you don’t care about football, don̵... [Redeeming Life] [z] [discipleship] [evangelism] [Prayer] [witnessing]

August 2, 10AM

This guy is a genius…Please share this post with others!The post Which Religion Cares Most about the Homeless? appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Life] [z] [homeless] [humor] [laugh a little] [religion]

July 30, 8AM

Congratulations, genuine readers. You have now successfully read more of this blog post than many others will.Yes, it’s true. Many people only read the title of a blog post or article, and then leave a comment on it without reading anything else.So ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [laugh a little] [theology]

July 28, 8AM

Note: This post is part of the July 2015 Synchroblog.In the past, I have taught that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.But a few weeks ago, after the Supreme Court of the United Stated ruled that gay couples could get legally married, a guy came up to m... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible study] [gay marriage] [homosexual] [homosexuality] [jesus] [lgbt] [Luke 17:34-35]

July 26, 9AM

Some Christians might not think this is funny, but I do…Please share this post with others!The post Some Christians will not find this funny. But I did. appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible] [Bible study] [humor] [jesus] [sin] [Theology of the Bible]

July 23, 8AM

Do you have a paper theology or a people theology?I used to have a paper theology.In many ways, I suppose I still do.A paper theology is when we have the “right” answers to tough theological questions and issues, but we don’t really know... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Life] [love others] [people] [relationships] [theology]

July 21, 8AM

The Prophet Isaiah was allegedly sawed in half.In Acts 7, Stephen presents his defense for why he is a follower of Jesus. At one point in his speech, he says this:Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? (Acts 7:52)In other words, “Name... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Acts 7] [crucifixion of Jesus] [discipleship] [Luke 4:24] [Matthew 23:30] [mimesis] [Prophecy] [Stephen] [violence]

July 19, 10AM

Here’s a secret: I am almost done writing a book on the atonement. This is the first time I have let anyone know.If you want a free PDF of this book when it comes out, make sure you sign up for my free email newsletter.On a related note, I saw the f... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Atonement] [ebook] [humor] [laugh a little] [Substitutionary Atonement]

July 16, 8AM

I recently had an email exchange with a reader of this blog about pacifism and nonviolence. Usually such exchanges are better suited for the comment section of blog posts, since this allows more people to weigh in on the conversation. So, for the sake of ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [forgiveness] [Gandhi] [jesus] [love] [Martin Luther King] [Nelson Mandela] [Nonviolent resistance] [pacifism] [peace] [violence] [War]

July 14, 8AM

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to love our enemies (Matt 5:44).Since love for enemies is one of the most unnatural things for a human to do, I believe that enemy-love is one of the clearest and most defining characteristics of a true follower ... [Redeeming Life] [z] [1 Kings 22] [love your enemies] [loving others] [Luke 6:27] [Matthew 5:44] [Prophecy] [Proverbs 27:6]

July 9, 8AM

I think all of us “Christians” should stop referring to ourselves as “Christians.”Nor should we ask other people if they are a “Christian.”I have two lines of reasoning for why we should stop saying we’re Christia... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Life] [z] [1 John 4:7-8] [Acts 11:26] [Christian] [discipleship] [evangelism] [hate] [John 13:35] [looks like Jesus] [love] [love like Jesus] [Missions]

July 7, 8AM

It is common in Christian circles to hear admonitions to “Love the Sinner; hate the sin.”More and more I hear this said in the context of LGBT people and gay marriage.“Oh, I don’t hate gay people, I just hate the gay lifestyle. ... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [forgiveness] [homosexuality] [looks like Jesus] [love] [love like Jesus] [Theology of Sin]

July 5, 8AM

In light of the ruling from the Supreme Court about Gay Marriage, I knew it wouldn’t be long before:The name-calling and back-stabbing among Christians got worse (not better),Lawsuits began to fly between the right of gay people to get married and t... [Redeeming Life] [z] [gay marriage] [homosexuality] [lgbt] [Marriage]

July 2, 8AM

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For they can get a job at minimum wage. Blessed are those who mourn, For they made their bad decisions and must suffer the consequences. Blessed are the meek, For we can take advantage of them. Blessed are those who hunge... [Redeeming Life] [z] [jesus] [politics] [sermon on the mount]

June 30, 8AM

Below is the second letter in the series, “Letters To Dad.” They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. This letter is from a woman named Amy, who is now an adult (Amy is not her... [Redeeming Life] [z] [homeless] [Letters to Dad] [Sam Riviera]

June 26, 8AM

A while back, a man sent me a question about how he should respond to his atheist son who has nothing but criticism for Christianity. He told me that he had read several books of apologetics, had used numerous arguments for the existence of God, and had t... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [atheists] [Christianity] [following Jesus] [love like Jesus] [love others]

June 23, 8AM

James (not his real name) and his brother had been convicted of murder. Both were given life sentences and had begun doing their time. But then (for reasons I won’t go into here) the courts decided to give James a retrial. And while he was awaiting retr... [Redeeming Life] [discipleship] [fellowship] [Hospitality] [synchroblog]

June 21, 8AM

I had never heard of Malcolm Guite before I saw this video, but when I heard what he says about art and people and the Gospel and everyone living in the light of Jesus, I discovered that I love him. Malcolm says what I tried to say in my post, Everyone is... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [gospel] [jesus] [Kingdom of God] [love]

June 16, 8AM

I am so tired of hearing Christians say “Christians aren’t perfect” as an excuse for bad Christian behavior. ⇦ Tweet that!The statement can also come out like this:“Well, the church is a hospital for sick people.”orR... [Redeeming Theology] [apology] [forgiveness] [Theology of Sin] [Theology of the Church]

June 11, 8AM

I’ve been called a heretic before. I imagine that most people who teach or write about Scripture and theology have been condemned as a heretic at least once or twice. ⇦ Tweet that!People get condemned as a heretic for not believing in the Trin... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [1 Corinthians 13] [Ephesians 4:15] [heresy] [Imperative Theology] [love] [love like Jesus] [Theology Introduction]

June 9, 8AM

There are two ideas I have been mulling over the last couple years which are central to understanding the heart of God, and which most Christians do not seem to understand. These two keys are based on God’s omniscience, that fact the He is all-knowi... [Redeeming Theology] [forgiveness] [Greg Boyd] [love] [omniscience] [sin] [Theology of God]

June 4, 8AM

I have a new eBook coming out soon. The following post hits on one of the themes I write about in this book. To get this new book when it comes out, make sure you have subscribed to receive my blog posts and eBooks by email.There is a reason why the very ... [Redeeming Books] [Redeeming Theology] [Cain and Abel] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Genesis 4] [mimetic rivalry] [Murder] [scapegoat] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin]

June 2, 8AM

Over at the “All About Eve” blog, Eve asked me about getting fed as a Christian. I gave her a summary of the posts below, which were written by Vince Antonucci in 2008. These posts are classic Vince. (I hope he doesn’t mind me reposting ... [Redeeming Church] [Church Growth] [discipleship] [Preaching] [teaching]

May 31, 10AM

Please share this post with others!The post How to Test Your Religion appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Life] [humor] [laugh a little] [religion]

May 28, 8AM

We Christians owe the world an apology.I, at least, owe the world an apology. So here it is:Dear World, I am sorry.About what?About so many things …… But the one thing I am sorry about the most is presenting to you a picture of God which you f... [Redeeming Church] [Crucifixion] [cruciform] [crucivision] [evangelism] [looks like Jesus] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Sin]

May 26, 8AM

I hold to radical, outrageous, shocking, scandalous, limitless grace. I believe there is no other kind of grace.But whenever I teach or write about this sort of grace, it is almost guaranteed that someone will object by saying, “So are you saying th... [Redeeming Theology] [grace] [Romans 6:1; Titus 2:12] [sin] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin]

May 24, 10AM

We Christians have our own language. Some call it Christianese. Others call it just plain creepy.Please share this post with others!The post Christianese – Learn the Christian Lingo appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Church] [Christian lingo] [Christianese] [humor] [laugh a little]

May 21, 8AM

A man I work with recently asked if I had received an email from another coworker. I told him no, I had not. He said this, “I’m not calling you a liar, but …”I cut him off and said, “Yes, you are! You cannot say you are not c... [Redeeming Theology] [forgviness] [grace] [love] [mercy] [Theology of Salvation]

May 19, 8AM

My neighbor’s name is Carissa. She is twenty-one years old. And she is beautiful.But she has a very … strange relationship with her boyfriend. His name is Kirk. It is not that Kirk is abusive … not really. I suppose you could say he is c... [Redeeming Church] [anger] [bitter] [church] [critical spirit] [love] [synchroblog] [Theology of the Church]

May 17, 10AM

Earlier this week I wrote a LONG post about the place of the Mosaic Law in the life of the Christian. It was over 6000 words. Yikes! Here is something a little more light-hearted, but still on the same topic.Please share this post with others!The post Let... [Redeeming Life] [humor] [laugh a little] [Mosaic law]

May 14, 8AM

Jose A. Torres Flores posted the following on my Facebook page recently in response to a post that got a lot of … Pharisaical … religious … passionate comments.I liked it so much, I asked if I could post it on my blog. It turns out, the ... [Redeeming Theology] [humor] [love like Jesus] [religion] [sin]

May 12, 8AM

Recently I wrote a post on the All About Eve blog that the theological invitation “Believe in Jesus for eternal life” is more concretely summed up with the statement “God loves you.”I wrote that many people have trouble understandi... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [believe] [faith alone] [God likes you] [gospel] [love of God] [love of Jesus] [Theology of God]

May 10, 10AM

Please share this post with others!The post Thanks You, Mothers! appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Life] [humor] [laugh a little] [Life] [mothers] [Mothers Day]

May 7, 8AM

Christians are always encouraged to become more “Christlike.”But we rarely do.Or at least, not to any significant degree.Over the centuries, pastors and theologians have proposed dozens of explanations as to why this happens. Some say we just need to ... [Redeeming Theology] [Christian Living] [Christlike] [Colossians 1:15] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Hebrews 1:3] [looks like Jesus] [love of God] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [violence of God]

May 4, 8AM

Jesus does not look like God; God looks like Jesus. ⇦ Tweet that!Let me explain what I mean.For far too long, Christian theology has allowed a domineering monarchial view of God to discolor and distort our perspective of Jesus. We have an idea of God as... [Redeeming Books] [Redeeming Theology] [Atonement] [Books I'm Reading] [Christus Victor] [crucifom] [crucivision] [looks like Jesus] [love of God] [mercy] [violence of God]

May 3, 10AM

To be clear … I AM MAKING FUN OF MYSELF HERE. The following comic strip is ME from last Sunday night.Hat tip goes to Richard Jacobson. Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter.On Sundays, I sometimes like to post a light-hearted little comic str... [Redeeming Life] [Facebook] [humor] [internet] [laugh a little]

April 29, 8AM

Christians often struggle about the place of the Mosaic Law within our lives as followers of Jesus. There are entire denominations of Christians built around a particular understanding of the Mosaic Law which separates them from others.Of course, such div... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [10 Commandments] [Galatians 3:19] [Law] [love] [Mosaic law] [Moses] [Pentateuch] [religion]

April 27, 8AM

The following is the first post in a new series by Sam Riviera called “Letters to Dad.” You don’t want to miss these …Dad,I remember you singing Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black ... [Redeeming Life] [gay] [homeless] [homosexual] [Letters to Dad] [lgbt] [Sam Riviera]

April 26, 10AM

Hat tip to Brandon Chase for this.Please share this post with others!The post Christians are under attack? appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Theology] [humor] [laugh] [violence]

April 24, 3PM

I finally watched “Exodus: Gods and Kings” last night. I watched it with my wife, Wendy.Well, we watched part of it … we got too tired and went to bed after 90 minutes.I wasn’t too happy with many of the changes in the movie from t... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [Exodus] [Moses] [Pharaoh] [Ten Plagues] [violence of God] [violence of Scripture]

April 21, 8AM

Have you heard of the Satanic Messiah? Probably not, since most people usually don’t think of Satan and the Messiah as having anything to do with each other.Yet surprisingly, worship of the Satanic Messiah may be more common than we realize.In fact, suc... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Theology] [Christ] [control] [jesus] [Luke 4] [Matthew 4] [Messiah] [power] [Satan] [temptations] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the Church]

April 16, 7PM

Have you ever felt like the “older son” in the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)? I have often felt this way, and so has my wife. Earlier this week, I met someone else online who felt the same way.I think a lot of “good” ... [Redeeming Scripture] [Cain and Abel] [death precedes resurrection] [Genesis 4] [Luke 15:11-32] [Matthew 5:22] [parables] [prodigal son]

April 14, 8AM

In Matthew 7:16, Jesus says that to recognize false prophets, “you will know them by their fruits.” In Matthew 7:20 He says something similar: “By their fruits you will know them.” Many teachers and Bible scholars say that Jesus is referring to a ... [Redeeming Church] [Redeeming Life] [Bible study] [good fruit] [good works] [Matthew 7:16-20] [synchroblog]

April 9, 10AM

Hat Tip to “Eve” for this video. Please share this post with others! The post If you love your church service, don’t watch this video. appeared first on Redeeming God. [Redeeming Church] [Church Growth] [church service] [humor]

April 7, 8AM

This is a guest post by Michael Thompson. Michael currently works at Denso Manufacturing TN as Expatriate Support. He is married to his wife Rachel, and they have two children (two and four-year-old). Michael also plays keyboard for Hope Church in Knoxvil... [Redeeming Church] [abortion] [church] [Guest Post] [Guest Posts for RedeemingGod.com] [shame]

April 2, 8AM

Hebrews 9:22 provides the main reason Christians believe that if Jesus had not shed His blood for us, we could never have been forgiven for our sins. Hebrews 9:22 refers to Leviticus 17:11 as saying this: … without the shedding of blood, there can b... [Redeeming Theology] [Atonement] [blood] [Crucifixion] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Death of Jesus] [Hebrews 9:22] [Leviticus 17:11] [subst] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin]

April 1, 8AM

Yes, it was sort of a surprise to me too. I never really imagined that I might be gay, and as I have an aversion to religion in general, I never really wanted to be Muslim either. But as I seek to follow Jesus, I have realized that Jesus leads us into pl... [Redeeming Life] [April 1] [gay] [humor] [Islam] [Muslim]

March 30, 8AM

In many Christian circles, when people think about why Jesus died on the cross, the following is the basic logic that many believe: God is infinitely holy and righteous. As such, any sin against God is an infinite offense. Therefore, an infinite sacrifice... [Redeeming Theology] [Atonement] [Christus Victor] [Crucifixion] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Death of Jesus] [Substitutionary Atonement] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Sin]

March 23, 8AM

Have you ever listened to some of the songs Christians sing around Easter? We seem to be infatuated with the blood of Jesus. Take this song as an example: There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath tha... [Redeeming Theology] [blood] [Crucifixion] [Death of Jesus] [Easter] [resurrection]

March 20, 8AM

In the past, some people have accused me of having a “crossless gospel.” I think this is hilarious, because if they really knew what I taught and believed, they would see that for me, the cross is the absolute center of everything I teach and ... [Featured] [Redeeming Theology] [Cross] [Crucifixion] [cruciform] [crucivision] [Death of Jesus] [hermeneutics] [jesus] [resurrection] [Theology - General] [Theology of Jesus]

March 17, 8AM

This post is part of the March Synchroblog, in which each participant writes what they appreciate about another religion. I chose to write what I appreciate about Pagans. Who are the Pagans? Christians often refer to any non-religious person as a “pagan... [Redeeming Church] [Christianity] [church] [Pagan] [religion] [synchroblog]

March 16, 8AM

Welcome to the new website: RedeemingGod.com “Redeeming God” is still under construction, and will be for quite some time … I was going to write a post about all the changes you can expect to see and what plans I have for the future, but... [Redeeming Theology] [blogging] [redemption] [Writing]

March 3, 9AM

Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth have written a fascinating and insightful book about five women from the Gospels. The books is titled The Day I Met Jesus. If you enjoy seeing Jesus from a new perspective, gaining insights into Scripture, or have an interest i... [Books I'm Reading] [Frank Viola] [Mary DeMuth]

February 24, 9AM

One of the themes of my life is that death precedes resurrection. I firmly believe that many people hold on to personal goals and pet projects long after they should have let them die a natural death. If we would let these things die, this would enable G... [discipleship] [death] [dying] [new life] [resurrection] [synchroblog]
One of the themes of my life is that death precedes resurrection. I firmly believe that many people hold on to personal goals and pet projects long after they should have let them die a natural death. If we would let these things die, this would enable G... [death] [discipleship] [discipleship] [dying] [new life] [resurrection] [synchroblog]

February 23, 11AM

Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth have written a fascinating and insightful book about five women from the Gospels. The books is titled The Day I Met Jesus. If you enjoy seeing Jesus from a new perspective, gaining insights into Scripture, or have an interest i... [Redeeming Books] [Books I'm Reading] [Christian books] [Frank Viola] [women]

February 20, 9AM

If you had lived back during the days of slavery, would you have helped slaves gain freedom? If you answered “Yes!” then keep reading… First, I want to thank those of you who donated to help me rescue girls from sex slavery. I said I wou... [discipleship] [Human Trafficking] [prostitution] [sex trafficking] [slavery]
If you had lived back during the days of slavery, would you have helped slaves gain freedom? If you answered “Yes!” then keep reading… First, I want to thank those of you who donated to help me rescue girls from sex slavery. I said I wou... [Redeeming Theology] [discipleship] [Human Trafficking] [prostitution] [sex trafficking] [slavery]

February 19, 9AM

When parents seek to follow Jesus by being the church in their communities (rather than by simply attending church), one of the questions that often comes up is “What about our children? How will they learn about the Bible? How will they discover Je... [discipleship] [All About Eve] [being the church] [institutional church] [parenting]
When parents seek to follow Jesus by being the church in their communities (rather than by simply attending church), one of the questions that often comes up is “What about our children? How will they learn about the Bible? How will they discover Je... [All About Eve] [being the church] [discipleship] [discipleship] [institutional church] [parenting]

February 16, 9AM

Tomorrow I am getting my hair cut. I am also using my haircut to raise money (and awareness) for human trafficking victims. The more I raise, the more hair I cut. Rather than write a bunch of words about the dire problem of human trafficking and forced p... [discipleship] [haircut] [Human Trafficking] [sex trafficking] [slavery]
Rather than write a bunch of words about the dire problem of human trafficking and forced prostitution, I decided to just post some pictures and infographics. Sex slavery and forced child prostitution a bigger issue than most realize, and it is is huge pr... [Featured] [discipleship] [haircut] [Human Trafficking] [sex trafficking] [slavery]

February 13, 9AM

I know that many of you have already purchased my newest eBook from Amazon, but if you don’t have Kindle (or the Kindle app for a different device), I am happy to announce that The Re-Justification of God is now available on the following platforms:... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Calvinism] [election] [justification] [predestination] [Re-Justification of God] [Romans 9] [Tulip]
I know that many of you have already purchased my newest eBook from Amazon, but if you don’t have Kindle (or the Kindle app for a different device), I am happy to announce that The Re-Justification of God is now available on the following platforms:... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Calvinism] [election] [justification] [predestination] [Re-Justification of God] [Romans 9] [Tulip]

February 12, 1PM

I wrote the second post for the “All About Eve” blog, and as I was writing it, I was pretty sure that most of what I was writing was … well … not quite what I wanted to say. But I published the post late last night anway, and went ... [discipleship] [All About Eve] [children] [control] [faith] [fear] [Life] [Marriage] [parenting]
I wrote the second post for the “All About Eve” blog, and as I was writing it, I was pretty sure that most of what I was writing was … well … not quite what I wanted to say. But I published the post late last night anway, and went ... [Redeeming Theology] [All About Eve] [children] [control] [discipleship] [faith] [fear] [Life] [Marriage] [parenting]

February 11, 9AM

Below is a list of the 100 Top Christian Blogs. If you made it onto this list of top Christian blogs, here is a badge you may display on your website: 300 x 300 badge 125 x 125 badge use this code: <a href='http://redeeminggod.com/100-top-c... [Redeeming Theology] [blogging] [synchroblog] [top Christian blogs]

February 10, 9AM

Do you want to start a blog, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a blog already, but are having trouble gaining readers or keeping it going? Do you have a message or idea God has laid on your heart that you want to share with others? Do you h... [blogging] [blogging]
Do you want to start a blog, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a blog already, but are having trouble gaining readers or keeping it going? Do you have a message or idea God has laid on your heart that you want to share with others? Do you h... [blogging] [blogging]

February 9, 9AM

A while back, someone yelled at me, “Get a haircut, you hippie!” (True story.) I have decided to go ahead and do it. I’ve been growing my hair out for several years now … and it is time to get it cut. AND YOU can help me determin... [discipleship] [haircut] [sex trafficking] [slavery]
Two million children are sold into slavery every year. 98% of these are young girls and women, and some of these girls are forced to have sex with men up to 50 times each day [Source]. Help me raise money to rescue some of these girls from the hell they a... [discipleship] [discipleship] [haircut] [sex trafficking] [slavery]

February 6, 9AM

A reader recently used my “Contact Me” form on the about page to submit a Bible and Theology Question. Here is what he wrote: Hi Jeremy. Thank you for being available. It can be hard to find someone to go to for some spiritual questions via th... [Bible and Theology Questions] [discipleship] [friend of sinners] [jesus] [John 15:14] [Luke 7:34]
A reader recently used my “Contact Me” form on the about page to submit a Bible and Theology Question. Here is what he wrote: Hi Jeremy. Thank you for being available. It can be hard to find someone to go to for some spiritual questions via th... [Bible and Theology Questions] [discipleship] [discipleship] [friend of sinners] [jesus] [John 15:14] [Luke 7:34]

February 5, 9AM

I am participating with several other authors and bloggers in a preparation for a conference in Portland called “All About Eve.” The other contributors are: Wm. Paul Young, author of the The Shack Deidre Havrelock, author of The Starving Ch... [Theology of the Church] [All About Eve] [attending church] [be the church] [being the church] [church] [going to church]

February 4, 9AM

If you are tired of reading commentaries on Exodus that seem to do nothing but talk about the Documentary Hypothesis (aka the JEDP theory), and if you have sometimes found yourself yelling at the pages “I don’t care if was the J, E, D, or P so... [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [Bible Commentary] [commentary] [Exodus]

February 3, 9AM

I have a 25 minute commute to work. Sometimes I listen to Conservative Talk Radio, but when I am looking for something with a little less doom and gloom, I listen to Podcasts. Two Podcasts I almost never miss an episode of are the (1) The God Journey by ... [Bible study] [Bible Study Podcast] [Brandon Chase] [podcast] [theology] [Wayne Jacobsen]

February 2, 9AM

Western theology has committed a terrible disservice to this imagery of a potter and clay by making it seem as if God is a deterministic puppet master up in heaven pulling the strings of people and nations down here on earth. This is exactly the opposite ... [Bible study] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [potter and the clay] [Re-Justification of God] [Romans 9] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 30, 9AM

In Romans 9, Paul writes about the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart for the purposes of making God’s glory known. This seems rather harsh to some. What does Paul mean? Who Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart First? In this debate, Calvinists say that G... [Bible study] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Pharaoh] [Romans 9] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 29, 9AM

Ken Wytsma recently sent me his new book, The Grand Paradox, for review. I really, really wanted to like this book, since it came so highly recommended by numerous authors and scholars that I deeply respect. Yet I must confess that as I read the book, I h... [Books I'm Reading] [Books] [church]

January 28, 9AM

Paul writes a difficult statement in Romans 9:13: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated. Scholars debate whether or not God actually hated Esau. There are two main opinions on this question. Option 1: Hate = “Love Less” Some argue that the... [Bible study] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Esau] [Jacob] [Malachi 1] [Re-Justification of God] [reprobation] [Romans 9] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 27, 9AM

Romans 9 has been a battleground text for centuries. Calvinists and Arminians have hotly debated this passage since the days of the Reformation. Since I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian, I want to offer my perspective on Romans 9 over the course of ... [Bible study] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Romans 9] [salvation] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election] [wrath]

January 26, 9AM

Someone once told me there would be infinite downhill skiing in heaven, where you never get to the bottom of the hill. Sounds cool! Based on just the title of this post, I can hear lots of people cheering and lots of other people rethinking whether or not... [discipleship] [Theology - General] [Theology of the End Times] [heaven] [Matthew 5:48] [perfection] [sports]

January 25, 11AM

I was reading the book reviews of a certain Christian book on Amazon yesterday, and stumbled upon the most astounding argument for the truth of Christianity I have ever read. One reviewer of this book (which will go unnamed) left a fairly negative and cri... [discipleship] [Books] [church] [humor]

January 23, 9AM

I have just published a book called The Re-Justification of God. Here’s the cover: It is probably the ugliest book cover I have ever designed, but if you compare it with the cover from John Piper’s book on the right, you’ll see why I ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [Esau] [Pharaoh] [potter and the clay] [Romans 9] [Romans 9:10-24] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 22, 9AM

Christians like to claim that we are guided by Scripture and controlled by the Holy Spirit. But I was recently talking to my insanely wise and beautiful wife, Wendy, and she pointed out that the two things which seem to guide and control Christians are ac... [discipleship] [church] [evangelism] [fear] [guilt] [Missions]

January 21, 9AM

Arthur Sido recently brought to my attention that in 2014, United States churches spent $3,600,000,000 on church buildings. $3,600,000,000 And this amount is down 80% since 2002! I wrote about this in one of my books (I cannot recall which one), and I ha... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [church] [church buildings] [Ministry] [Missions] [Money] [Tithing]

January 20, 9AM

As I write about Calvinism and what the Scripture teaches, I occasionally run across people who are swimming in the same stream. I am not fully sure where T. C. Moore is coming from, but I found his post on a Calvinism Debate to be both humorous and enlig... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinsim] [humor] [Tulip]

January 19, 11AM

A while back someone submitted a question to me about masturbation and whether it was sinful or not. There is also a thread in the forum about masturbation, through only one person has attempted an answer on it… It is a very … touchy … s... [Books I'm Reading] [discipleship] [Theology of Sin] [C. S. Lewis] [masturbation]

January 16, 9AM

Yesterday we considered the problem with the Calvinistic ordo salutis in Romans 8:28-30. I suggested that there is a different way of understanding this text in light of Paul’s overall argument. We consider this alternative today. The “Golden ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [predestination] [Romans 8:28-30] [salvation] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 15, 9AM

For many, Romans 8:28-30 presents the strongest case in the entire Bible for the Calvinistic doctrine of Unconditional Election. This text contains what many refer to as “the golden chain of salvation,” linking God’s foreknowledge from eternity pas... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [ordo salutis] [predestination] [Romans 8:28-30] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 14, 8AM

Lots of people are really enjoying my most recent book. I gave away over 2000 PDF copies of the book to people on my email newsletter, and quite a few people also took advantage of the sale of the book over at Amazon. On Monday the book was only $0.99, bu... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books] [dying to religion and empire] [ebooks] [free books]

January 13, 9AM

A friend told us that her favorite place to camp in Oregon was Olallie Lake. So one Monday morning, my family and I hopped into our Toyota Sienna with all of our camping gear, I plugged Olallie Lake into my GPS, and we were off. The GPS said it would ta... [discipleship] [Theology of the Bible] [bible reading] [Bible study] [family] [synchroblog]

January 12, 10AM

If you subscribe to this blog by email, check your inbox. I sent you a free PDF copy of my newest book, Dying to Religion and Empire, earlier today. If for some reason you have not subscribed to my email newsletter, there are two things you can do. 1. Su... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books] [close your church] [dying to religion and empire] [ebooks]

January 9, 9AM

One critical text for the Calvinistic understanding of Unconditional Election is Acts 13:48. This text seems to indicate that God specially and sovereignly prepares the hearts and minds of some people to respond to the gospel. In the context, Paul has be... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Acts 13:48] [believe] [Calvinism] [election] [predestination] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 8, 11AM

I don’t want you to miss out! You can get a free digital copy of my newest book. Keep reading to learn how… Dying to Religion and Empire I submitted the final electronic files today for my next book which I am releasing on Monday. The book i... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of the Church] [dying to religion and empire] [ebooks] [free books] [free ebooks]

January 7, 9AM

In John 15:16, Jesus provides an extremely clear statement about what it means to be chosen and why certain people are chosen by God, and by Himself. Here is what He says: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bea... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [John 15:16] [predestination] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 6, 9AM

John 10:26 is often cited by Calvinists as a clear statement about Unconditional Election and how people do not become God’s “sheep” because they believe in Jesus; instead, they believe in Jesus because they were already God’s sheep. On this text,... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [John 10:26] [predestination] [sheep] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

January 5, 9AM

This is a guest post by Michael Ehrhart. Michael is the lyricist for the Christian rock group Beautiful Mess. Beautiful Mess is the brainchild of brothers Mike and Chris Ehrhart, fueled by the musical vision and leadership of Mike’s son, Tim. Their aim ... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Guest Post] [Matthew 25:34-40] [parable] [sheep and the goats]

January 1, 3PM

I am one of those readers who reads with a pen in hand. I almost cannot read a book unless I am underlining statements and scribbling in the margins. This slows down my reading speed significantly, but I think it helps sharpen my mind and interact with th... [Books I'm Reading] [4000 books] [best books] [reading]

December 28 2014, 4PM

I listened to a sermon today in which the preacher (I’m not going to call him a pastor) said these things: If you are going to follow Jesus, you need to stop hanging out with your non-Christian friends… Gays are disgusting people… God ha... [discipleship] [evangelism] [forgiveness] [gays] [gospel] [grace] [hate] [homosexuality] [love of God] [pastoral ministry] [Preaching]

December 19, 9AM

John 6 contains some of the most important texts on the topic of election. It is not uncommon for Calvinists to frequently reference some of the texts of John 6 in their defense of Unconditional Election. Here is what these verses say: All that the Father... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [John 6] [John 6:44] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

December 18, 9AM

One set of texts which are occasionally referenced in support of the Unconditional Election comes from the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24. The reason these texts are cited is because they make reference to “the elect.” And unless those days were short... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Matthew 24] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

December 17, 9AM

My next book is available on Amazon… but don’t buy it yet!  Here’s what the cover looks like: Oh, and thanks to everyone who provided input on the title for this book. What are your thoughts about how it ended up? I suppose if you real... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books] [dying to religion and empire] [ebooks] [free books]

December 16, 9AM

In a previous post we looked at the statement of Jesus in Matthew 20 that “many are called, but few are chosen.” This post looks at the identical statement in Matthew 22:14, which also follows a parable from Jesus. The Parable of the Wedding F... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [chosen] [election] [Matthew 22:14] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

December 15, 9AM

I have a confession to make … I want to be waterboarded. Is that sort of twisted? I have real trouble believing that it is as bad as people make it out to be. In fact, I did a quick search, and found a guy who got together with some friends so they cou... [discipleship] [Theology of Jesus] [following Jesus] [government] [Kingdom of God] [looks like Jesus] [reign of God]

December 12, 9AM

At various times in Jesus’ ministry, He made the following statement: For many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 20:16; 22:14). This text is a tricky passage for Calvinists to explain because on the one hand, Calvinism often equates “calling” ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [called] [Calvinism] [chosen] [election] [Matthew 20:16] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

December 11, 9AM

One group only sees the picture on the left and says, “It’s a square!” Another group only sees the picture on the right and says, “No, it’s a circle!” The truth, of course, is that it is both and neither. It is neither ... [Theology - General] [theology debates]

December 10, 9AM

In Matthew 11:27, Jesus is talking about the relationship He has with His Father, and Jesus states that no one can know the Father except those to whom Jesus reveals Him. Such a statement seems to imply that Jesus only reveals God to a select few individu... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Calvinism] [Matthew 11:27] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

December 9, 9AM

Remember Andrea Yates? She is the mother who, in 2001, drowned her five children in a bathtub. She said that the devil had influenced her children, and so they needed to die. A few years later, another mother, Deanna Laney, tried to kill her two children,... [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [flood] [Genesis 6-8] [jesus] [looks like Jesus] [Revelation] [violence of God]

December 8, 9AM

There are several texts throughout Scripture which seem to indicate that God has specifically chosen or elected certain individuals before they were ever born. One of these is Jeremiah 1:4-5, which says this: Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [Jeremiah 1:4-5] [sanctification] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

December 7, 11AM

This is awesome. I think we should reinstate trial by combat, but the combat should be combat juggling. Maybe this is how governments could solve their problems too… Ha! And as long as we are talking about juggling skill… this is crazy amaz... [discipleship] [Creation] [humans] [humor] [laugh]

December 5, 9AM

I am not a huge fan of study Bibles. I have used several throughout my life, however. I began with the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, then moved to the Life Application Bible, and spent some time with the Ryrie Study Bible, before finally using the Nelso... [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [discipleship] [Bible study] [evangelism] [gospel] [repentance] [salvation] [witnessing]

December 4, 9AM

When discussing Calvinism with Calvinists, there are two texts that are almost always brought up in defense of God’s right to do anything He wants with people, even if it means deciding from all eternity to send billions of them to everlasting punishmen... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Exodus 33:19] [Romans 9:20] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

December 3, 9AM

Immigration is a huge issue right now. One group wants all illegal immigrants to return to wherever they came from. Another side says, “No, we’re a nation of immigrants; let them stay.” Some from both groups want the government to secu... [discipleship] [alien] [Immigration] [looks like Jesus]

December 2, 11AM

Last week I ran a “Black Friday” sale on all of my books, both the digital eBook versions and the Paperback versions. Those who bought all my eBooks in one group could get them at 60% off. Those who wanted individual eBooks or paperback copie... [blogging] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [dying to religion and empire] [ebooks] [email newsletter]

December 1, 9AM

I contributed two chapters to this book and am really thrilled to see it finally in print. Far too often, those who are no longer part of the “Institutional Church” are only known for what they are against. Simple Church contains 26 thing we ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Reading] [Theology of the Church] [church unity] [simple church]

November 30, 11AM

Read the full article. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "Jesus Isn’t Always the Answer" by Jeremy Myers [discipleship] [humor] [jesus]

November 28, 9AM

Though Genesis 12:1-3 does not contain the words “elect” or “chosen,” this passage is often cited as a defense of God’s Unconditional Election of some individuals for eternal life. In this text, God informs Abram that he will become the father o... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Genesis 12:1-3] [Genesis 18:17-19] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

November 27, 11AM

What’s this video about? Just read that REALLY long title. Enjoy! (Both the video AND your food today) Read the full article. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "23 ... [discipleship] [humor] [Thanksgiving]

November 26, 9AM

Would Jesus be a Ferguson protester? I suppose it depends on what you mean by “Ferguson Protester.” In case you do not live in the United States (or even if you do and have been living under a rock), let me summarize what happened. On August 9... [discipleship] [looks like Jesus] [non-violent resistance] [racist] [scapegoat] [violence]

November 25, 9AM

I have long hair. Recently a Christian man came up to me and said, “Don’t you know that it is an abomination to God for a man to have long hair?” I could have argued with him by correcting his misquote of 1 Corinthians 11:14. I could have showed him... [discipleship] [Christian] [following Jesus] [looks like Jesus]

November 24, 9AM

The Bible teaches that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” We also read in Paul that the key to becoming who God wants us to be is through the “renewal of our minds” (Rom 12:1-2). It is for these reasons that Dr. Earl Radma... [Books I'm Reading] [Earl Radmacher] [mind] [thinking]

November 21, 9AM

The church is a group of God’s elect (cf. Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4; 2 Tim 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Pet 1:1-2; 2:8-9; 5:13; Rev 17:14). As we have seen previously, Israel is another group of God’s elect. The real difference, however, betw... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of the Church] [Calvinism] [church] [election] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

November 20, 9AM

Did it ever occur to you that Jesus was unregenerate? He never had to be regenerated by God because He never lacked eternal life. He always had eternal life. In fact, Jesus is eternal life (John 1:4-5; 14:6; 1 John 5:11-12). Yet even though Jesus is etern... [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [jesus] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

November 19, 9AM

No, this is not a political post. This post is part of my ongoing series about Unconditional Election. In it, I intend to briefly discuss the nation of Israel as God’s election nation, His chosen people on earth. In this way, we will learn what is ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [israel] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

November 18, 9AM

I am sure you have heard about Mark Driscoll and his recent resignation from Mars Hill in Seattle. This post is not really about Mark Driscoll, but about how his resignation is a symptom of a wider problem in Western Christianity. As much as I never reall... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [church] [jesus] [leadership]

November 17, 9AM

Sometimes people think that “faith like a child” means living in ignorance. Children don’t know much, right? They just believe without any facts or thinking or logic. So this must be what it means to have faith like a child. I agree that... [discipleship] [Belief] [faith] [Matthew 18:3; Luke 18:17]

November 16, 11AM

What does Jesus want you to do more than anything else? Share this post on Facebook of course. Or Tweet about it. Better yet, do both! I’m kidding!!! I like when people share my stuff on Facebook and Twitter, but that’s not why I write. I wri... [blogging] [blogging] [humor]

November 14, 9AM

There is wide disagreement among Calvinists about reprobation, which is sometimes referred to as double predestination. Some Calvinists (though not all) hold to reprobation—which is the belief that God not only decided whom He would choose for eternal l... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [reprobation] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

November 13, 9AM

The basic explanation of Unconditional Election is that God, in eternity past, had an eternal decree by which He predetermined all things that would happen. This decree is related to His foreknowledge, which does not mean that God looked forward in time t... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [foreordination] [predestination] [reprobation] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

November 12, 9AM

The Calvinistic doctrine of Unconditional Election is sometimes said to be the heart of Reformed theology (Boettner, Predestination, 96).  It follows logically from the doctrine of Total Depravity (Seaton, Calvinism, 11). Lorraine Boettner links the two... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [predestination] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

November 11, 9AM

You can believe! You should believe. God wants you to believe. God calls you to believe. This is just as true for you as it for anyone else on earth. While sin is a universal problem, people are not so depraved that they cannot respond to the call of the ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [believe] [Calvinism] [faith] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]

November 10, 9AM

Some say that regeneration precedes faith. But Scripture teaches that regeneration follows faith. Revelation precedes faith, while regeneration follows. The Bible teaches that people are able to believe. Faith therefore, is not a work, is not a gift, and ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [regeneration precedes faith] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]

November 9, 11AM

Some people were recently led to write some blog posts about Dr. Radmacher's book on the Holy Spirit. I would say there were led by the Holy Spirit, but really, they were led by a book on the Holy Spirit. Read the full article. Please share this post with... [Books I'm Reading] [Theology of the Holy Spirit] [book launch team] [Earl Radmacher] [Holy Spirit]

November 7, 9AM

For biblical, theological, and practical reasons, we conclude that faith is not a gift from God. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This post contains 3 reasons why some people believe that faith is a gift from God, and 4 reasons why ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith] [gift of God] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]

November 6, 9AM

Faith is being persuaded or convinced that what God says is true. One of the things God says is that He gives eternal life to anyone who believe in Jesus for it. Because of all that God has done in history, through various forms of revelation, and by His ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith] [faith is not a work] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]

November 5, 8AM

What does it mean to be dead in sin? This post looks at what the Bible teaches on this and how we can still believe in Jesus for eternal life. Those who are dead in sin cannot do anything to merit or earn eternal life, but they can believe in Jesus, which... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [dead in sin] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]

November 4, 8AM

Christians must raise our voices for the causes we believe in, and one way (but not the only way!) we can do this in the United States is by going out to vote. If you don't vote in elections, then don't complain when elected officials behave badly. The qu... [discipleship] [church] [politics] [rights] [vote]

November 3, 9AM

Dr. Radmacher's book on the Holy Spirit is down-to-earth, straight-shooting, and most of all, is anything but common sense. He actually digs into Scripture to see what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit and how we can expect Him to be at work in our liv... [Books I'm Reading] [Theology of the Holy Spirit] [Holy Spirit] [Radmacher]

October 31, 8AM

As I continue my series on Calvinism, it is important to state what I believe about free will. Here is my best attempt at explaining my beliefs on this controversial and difficult subject. What are your beliefs about free will? Does it exist? Is it a myth... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [free will] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]

October 30, 8AM

In a previous post I explained what Calvinists believe about total inability. Here is what I believe about total inability as it relates to faith. While I would agree that people cannot take the first step toward God, I believe that God has taken steps to... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [believe] [Calvinism] [faith] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 29, 8AM

1 John 5:1 is one text used to defend the idea that regeneration precedes faith. It seems to say that faith is a result of being born again. But when studied in context, 1 John 5:1 is not teaching that regeneration precedes the faith that results in etern... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [1 John 5:1] [Calvinism] [regeneration precedes faith] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]

October 28, 11AM

There are certain people in the history of Christianity who shock and amaze me at what they accomplished in life. Martin Luther is one of them. He translated the entire Bible into German, wrote over 70 volumes on theological topics, was a prolific hymn w... [Bible study] [bible software] [Bible study] [logos]

October 27, 8AM

There are a few verses that are sometimes used to defend the Calvinistic idea of Total Depravity. They seem to say that the world is under the control of Satan. Three of these verses are 1 John 1:8, 10 and 1 John 5:19. Here they are: If we say that we hav... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [1 John] [1 John 5:19] [Calvinism] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 26, 11AM

In my family, we call coffee “The Elixir of Life.” This is what it does for me: If you liked this post, please share it with others! "Coffee – The Elixir of Life" was written by Jeremy Myers and first appeared on Till He Comes [blogging] [coffee] [humor] [laugh]

October 24, 7AM

I read a book this past week (I’m not going to say which one) where the author (Author A) clearly, consistently, and blatantly plagiarized the ideas of another author (Author B) without giving due credit. I guess it wasn’t “blatant.” I... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Reading] [blogging] [footnotes] [theology] [Writing]

October 23, 7AM

Titus 1:15 is sometimes referenced as further proof for the doctrine of Total Depravity and its twin, total inability. The text says this: To the pure all thing are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind an... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Judaizers] [Titus 1:15] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 22, 7AM

Ephesians 4:17-19 is often quoted along with 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, and Ephesians 2:1-5 as evidence that the unregenerate person has no ability to understand, comprehend, or respond to the truth of God and the gospel. This I say, therefo... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Ephesians 4] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 21, 7AM

We are all familiar with the story in John 11 of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11 and the little conversation that Jesus had with Martha before He raised Lazarus. Here is how I have usually read John 11:39-44: Scene: [Mary and Martha are ups... [Bible study] [Theology of Salvation] [Belief] [Christ] [eternal life] [faith] [John 11] [John 20:31] [Lazaraus] [Martha] [resurrection]

October 20, 7AM

When faced with the question of how to deal with violence, most people think there are only two options: either be violent in return, OR lay down and die as a pacifist. There is, however, a third way, which is called “Non-Violent Resistance.” ... [Books I'm Reading] [discipleship] [evil] [Gandhi] [jesus] [Martin Luther King] [non-violent resistance] [pacifism] [violence]

October 17, 7AM

Though many Calvinists use Ephesians 2:5 and Ephesians 2:8-9 to teach that “regeneration precedes faith” and “faith is a gift of God,” a careful examination of these texts reveals that they teach the opposite. The understanding of both texts build... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [Ephesians 2:8-9] [faith] [gift of God] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 16, 7AM

OK, so it’s not that much of a secret, but there still are some things about Total Depravity that Calvinists will often not say when they are first presenting their views to others. To really get at the ideas below, you have to know what questions t... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith] [regeneration] [Total Depravity] [total inability]

October 15, 7AM

The passage that is used most frequently to defend the idea of Total Depravity is Ephesians 2:1-3 where Paul writes about people being dead in sin. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the cour... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [dead] [dead in sins] [Ephesians 2:1-3] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 14, 7AM

In the New Testament, the word “dead” (Gk., nekros) means “lifeless, useless, or separated.” Never does it mean “nonexistent” (Vance, Other Side of Calvinism, 220). Very rarely does it refer to something that is completely unable to act. Exam... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [dead] [dead in sin] [Ephesians 2] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 13, 7AM

It is common among Calvinistic teachers and authors to say that the reason unbelievers cannot believe the gospel is because their minds have been darkened by the god of this age. The primary proof text for this idea is 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. But even if our... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [2 Corinthians 4:4] [Calvinism] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 10, 7AM

I had some people helping me promote a book this week. As you may or may not know, I started a publishing company almost two years ago, and as part of the process of publishing and marketing books, I wanted to create a “Book Launch” strategy so that t... [blogging] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [unforgivable sin] [book launch team] [Redeeming Press] [unforgivable sin]

October 9, 8AM

Frank Viola is a top Christian author and blogger. He (along with Mike Morrell and a couple other bloggers) recently put out a blogging guide called “The Buzz Seminar.” They taught it life in Florida a while back, and have recently made the no... [blogging] [blogging]

October 8, 7AM

1 Corinthians 2:14 seems to be the perfect passage to defend the Calvinistic teaching of total inability, for it seems to say that the natural man cannot accept or understand the things of God. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spiri... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Salvation] [1 Corinthians 2:14] [Calvinism] [carnal] [natural man] [Spiritual] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 7, 7AM

My next book should be out within the next month or so, but I am really having trouble giving it a title. So I thought you could help! Oh, and by the way, if you want to get this next book for free, make sure you have signed up to get updates through my e... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Close Your Church for Good] [blogging] [Close Your Church for Good] [publishing] [rights] [rites] [Writing]

October 6, 7AM

I deal with men who are mentally ill on a weekly basis at my job. Recently, a young man named Daniel came into my office and said he had a message for me from God. He handed me a note, which said this: John, as an honor, asked him how might it be that I s... [discipleship] [evangelism] [foot washing] [homeless] [mental illness] [mission] [service]

October 5, 11AM

I saw this on the internet this week, and thought it was kind of funny… but also informative. If you have ever wondered how to gird up your loins, here is the definitive guide: If you liked this post, please share it with others! "How to Gird U... [discipleship] [humor]

October 3, 7AM

Romans 8:7-8 is often used to defend the Calvinistic doctrines of Total Depravity and total inability. The text says this: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be. So then, those who are... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [discipleship] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Romans 8:7-8] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 2, 7AM

Calvinists sometimes quote from Romans 7 as a text which teaches Total Depravity and total inability, for Paul seems to describe a lack of ability to do anything good (Romans 7:15, 19, 24), and refers to being captive and enslaved to sin (Romans 7:14, 23)... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Romans 7] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

October 1, 7AM

The Bible seems to present humans as consisting of three parts: body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). This is called the “tripartite” nature of man. Much like the divine Trinity, the three parts of a human make one being. Thoug... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Sin] [1 Thessalonians 5:23] [body] [Hebrews 4:12] [soul] [spirit] [tripartite]

September 30, 7AM

Yesterday we look at the context of Romans 3 to see that Paul is not teaching Total Depravity or total inability in Romans 3:9-20. Today we want to take a closer look at Romans 3:10-12 to see what Paul is really teaching in these verses. We argued briefly... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Psalm 14] [Psalm 53] [Romans 3] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

September 29, 7AM

Of all the various texts used to defend the Calvinistic teaching on Total Depravity, Romans 3:9-20 is one of the most popular (another being Ephesians 2:1-3). Rather than quote the entire passage, a few select verses from the beginning of this section are... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Romans 3] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inability]

September 26, 6AM

The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how little I know about it. The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how dangerous this book really is. The more I study the Bible, the more I begin to see why the medieval Catholic church did not allow... [Bible study] [Theology of the Bible] [Bibliology] [scripture] [Word of God]

September 25, 6AM

Do you struggle with the Bible? Do you wrestle with what it says, what it means, and how to apply it to your life? Confession time… I do. Here’s another confession…. When it comes to helping me understand what to do with Scripture, Bibl... [Books I'm Reading] [Theology of the Bible] [Bible] [bible reading] [Bible study] [Books]

September 24, 6AM

Help others with their Bible and Theology questions! Over the past several months, I have received dozens of Bible and theology questions using the contact form on the right sidebar, and due to time constraints, I have not been able to answer most of them... [Bible and Theology Questions] [blogging] [Bible questions] [Forum] [theology] [theology questions] [worldview]

September 23, 6AM

People love to point fingers. It’s been happening since the Garden of Eden when, after he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam said to God, “The woman, whom you gave to me, gave me the fruit and I ate.” Adam not only... [discipleship] [blame] [Crucifixion] [cruciform] [enemies] [love] [racist] [scapegoat] [synchroblog]

September 22, 7AM

This is a guest post by L. T. Lewis. L. T. is a spiritual mentor, and the founder of Kick Boxing Believers. Well-adjusted P.K. (preacher’s kid) and grateful mother of two young adults. She teaches and guides individuals/groups towards a more joyful, hea... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [faith] [Guest Post] [Mark 5:25-34] [works]

September 21, 7AM

I am constantly amazed at how the creativity which God has placed into the hearts of men shines through, even in places where the fall has brought devastating and paralyzing consequences. Cerebral Palsy, while not a sin, is still a consequence of living... [discipleship] [Creation] [death] [Life] [sin]

September 19, 6AM

In my current series on Calvinism, I have had several Calvinists leave comments about their areas of disagreement with what I have written. I fully expect and invite disagreement. Please … if you are a Calvinist and disagree with what I am writing, ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [grace] [Reformed theology] [Tulip]

September 18, 6AM

One of the first books I published was a book called Finding Church. Can I be honest? I wasn’t very fond of that book… So I was thrilled to learn that Wayne Jacobsen, one of my favorite authors (you must read his book So You Don’t Want t... [Books I'm Reading] [Finding Church] [be the church] [church] [Finding Church] [Wayne Jacobsen]

September 17, 6AM

The teaching of Jesus in John 15 about the vine and the branches is sometimes used by Calvinists to support the idea of total inability, especially when Jesus talks about how without Him, people can do nothing. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch can... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [John 15:4-5] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 16, 6AM

Calvinists often refer to John 8:43 as evidence that the mind of the unbeliever is so enslaved to sin and bound to darkness that far from being able to do anything to please God, they cannot even hear or understand the truth of Scripture. Here is what Jes... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [John 8:43] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 15, 6AM

I recently received an encouraging email from Ward Kelley, a long-time reader of this blog and someone I consider an “online” friend. I asked his permission to share his comments with you… Good morning. I got up this morning and decided ... [Close Your Church for Good] [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [homeless] [love like Jesus] [put service back into the church service]

September 12, 6AM

John 6:44 is a popular Calvinistic verse for numerous reasons. While John 6:44 is often used to defend Total Depravity, this verse (and the surround passage) is also used to defend three of the other points of TULIP. It says this: No one can come to Me un... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [John 6:44] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 11, 6AM

John 3:3 is one of the verses used by Calvinists to defend the idea that regeneration precedes faith. Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). According to C... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [John 3:3] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 10, 6AM

Jeremiah 17:9 is frequently used by Calvinists to defend the idea of Total Depravity. The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). According to Calvinists, this means that the human heart can do nothin... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Jeremiah 17:9] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 9, 6AM

Isaiah 53:6 and Isaiah 64:6 are quite popular among Calvinists for defending the doctrine of Total inability. Here is what they say: All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity o... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Isaiah 53:6] [Isaiah 64:6] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 8, 6AM

I found this video interesting. Apparently, people are much more likely to give money to a business man than they are to a homeless man. Why do you think this is? I suppose it is because people believe that the homeless man is more likely to spend the m... [discipleship] [homeless] [jesus] [welfare]

September 5, 6AM

Several verses from Ecclesiastes are often used to defend the Calvinistic idea of total inability, but all they really teach is that all people sin. For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Truly, this only... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Ecclesiastes 7:20] [Ecclesiastes 7:29] [Ecclesiastes 9:3] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 4, 6AM

Sometimes verses like Psalm 143:2 are referenced by Calvinists to defend their doctrine of Total Depravity. Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous (Psalm 143:2) There are other verses throughout the Bibl... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Psalm 143:2] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 3, 6AM

Psalm 51:5 is often used to defend the idea that humans are sinners before they are born. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5) In his commentary on this text, John Calvin wrote that this proves that David... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Psalm 51:5] [Psalm 69] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inabiltiy] [Tulip]

September 2, 6AM

As I was researching a text for my book on Calvinism, I stumbled across the Jewish tradition that David was born as the result of an alleged adulterous relationship. Have you ever heard of this idea that David’s mother committed adultery? I hadnR... [Bible study] [Adultery] [David] [jesus] [Psalm 51:5] [Psalm 69]

September 1, 6AM

When the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 occurred, I was a pastor of a small church in Montana. My theology was somewhat different then than it is now, and so shortly after these attacks, I preached a sermon about prophecy and the End Times in which I said... [Theology of the End Times] [666] [end times] [microchip]

August 31, 11AM

I find this funny, but I suppose that is my writer’s humor showing through… The most amazing thing is that that (ha ha!) final sentence is grammatically correct. Don’t you just love English?! If you liked this post, please share it wit... [blogging] [humor] [Writing]

August 29, 6AM

Yesterday we briefly looked at the Calvinistic understanding of Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21, and how they use these verses to defend the doctrine of Total Depravity. In this post I want to look at how these verses can be understood differently. Learning ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [flood] [Genesis 6-8] [Genesis 6:5] [Genesis 8:21] [Total Depravity] [total inability]

August 28, 6AM

Two key texts for the Calvinistic teaching on Total Depravity are Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21. Both verses state that all the intents, thoughts, and imaginations of mankind are only evil continually. Regarding these verses, Calvinistic author Edwin Palme... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [flood] [Genesis 6:5] [Genesis 8:21] [Total Depravity]

August 27, 6AM

According to the Calvinistic teaching of Total Depravity (and total inability), the unregenerate person cannot do anything good—they cannot even have faith in Jesus. Therefore, even if God graciously gave faith to an unregenerate person, it would not ma... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith] [regeneration]

August 26, 6AM

Yesterday we learned about the Calvinistic idea that faith is a work. I briefly mentioned that as a result of this idea, Calvinists believe that people cannot on their own place faith in Jesus Christ for eternal life. Yet if faith is something good that w... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith alone] [faith and works]

August 25, 7PM

I recently read a book titled So-Called Christian by Jim Turner. This book is part confession, part exhortation. In it, Jim Turner confesses to his own sins of pride, jealousy, and discord, and explain how he came to see that such behavior is not only dam... [Books I'm Reading] [Unity]

6AM

One of the central ramifications to the Calvinistic understanding of Total Depravity as total inability is the idea that people are not even able to believe in Jesus for eternal life. The reason Calvinists have this idea is because they view faith as a me... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith] [faith and works] [works]

August 23, 6PM

I recently read a book called Radically Normal, and I found it to be shockingly refreshing. To be honest, the book was much heavier on story-telling and narrative than most books I read, but I appreciated the insights and ideas that were behind the stori... [Books I'm Reading] [Christian Living] [evangelism]

August 22, 6AM

When talking about Total Depravity, total inability, and the bondage of the will, it is quite popular among Calvinists to talk about mankind being “dead in sin.” The Bible frequently makes mention of people being dead in sin, or being spiritually dea... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [dead in sin] [Total Depravity]

August 21, 6PM

Before I went to seminary, my greatest fear of seminary was that I would freeze to death. Not literally, but spiritually. I tried my hardest in seminary to ward off the frostbite, but to this day, over six years after graduation, I am not sure whether or ... [Books I'm Reading] [discipleship] [discipleship] [seminary]

6AM

Often wrapped up in a discussion of Total Depravity and Total Inability is a discussion of free will. Though it is variously stated, most Calvinists believe that humans do not have a free will. Some argue that humanity did have a free will before Adam an... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [free will] [sin]

August 20, 6AM

Yesterday we introduced the Calvinist concept of Total Depravity. We saw that in general, the basic understanding of this idea is pretty sound. However, when most Calvinists speak of “Total Depravity” what they really have in mind is something they ca... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [sin] [Total Depravity] [total inability]

August 19, 6AM

The first point of Calvinism’s TULIP is Total Depravity. Total Depravity forms the logical and theological foundation for the rest of the Calvinistic system, and as such, we will spend additional space laying out what Calvinism teaches about Total Depra... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [sin] [Total Depravity]

August 18, 6AM

Let me take a brief pause in our ongoing series on Calvinism to discuss my choice of Bible translations. I primarily use the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible. It combines the accuracy of the New American Standard (NAS) and the readability of th... [Bible study] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [1 John] [Bible Translation] [Calvinism] [NIV]

August 17, 11AM

In Bible college and seminary, I always found it strange that one of the primary reasons given for divine inspiration and the inerrancy of Scripture was “because the Bible says so.” I always thought…. “Really? We know the Bible is... [Bible study] [Theology of the Bible] [Bible] [humor] [Inerrancy] [inspiration of scripture]

August 15, 6AM

As with much of what I write on this blog, my current blog series on Calvinism will eventually become a book. I have decided to call this book The Words of Calvinism and the Word of God. To make sure you get a free PDF of this book when it comes out, plea... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Books] [Calvinism] [Tulip] [Word of God]

August 14, 6AM

In two previous posts (Grace 1 and Grace 2) I have tried to emphasize that grace is absolutely free. The objection that is always raised when I write about grace this way is this: Won’t people take advantage of this kind of grace? The answer to tha... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [grace] [Romans 6:1] [sin]

August 13, 6AM

One way that some people limit grace is when they try to differentiate between “cheap grace” and “costly grace,” or start trying to limit the application of God’s grace by using theological terms like “prevenient grace” or “efficacious gra... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [gospel] [grace]

August 12, 6AM

Grace is the key to everything. And I am not referring to the week-kneed, limp, powerless, feeble grace that you find in most Christian theology today, but the shocking, outrageous, scandalous, indiscriminate, senseless, irrational, unfair, irreligious, r... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [Crucifixion] [grace]

August 11, 6AM

In previous posts we looked at several words that do not refer to eternal life: salvation and Kingdom of Heaven, and inheritance and reward. This post we will look at three more. Justification While it may be true that justification and eternal life are... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [glorification] [justification] [sanctification]

August 10, 11AM

Remember this? There was a minor kerfuffle on my blog recently regarding my statement that “Jesus is the Gospel.” I have to agree with Bill Clinton on this one: It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is. On that note,... [Bible study] [Bible study] [exegesis]

August 8, 6AM

In yesterday’s post we looked at two words that do not refer to eternal life, the word “salvation” and the phrase “Kingdom of Heaven.” This post we will look at two more. Inheritance and inheriting The Bible often talks about... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [inheritance] [rewards]

August 7, 6AM

One of the reasons people get so confused about the conditions for receiving eternal life is that they equate terms and ideas in the Bible with eternal life which do not refer to eternal life. Ever since the Black Plague swept through Europe, Western Chri... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [Kingdom of God] [kingdom of heaven] [NT Wright] [reign of God] [salvation] [saved]

August 6, 6AM

One of my favorite bloggers and pastors is Ed Underwood. He has recently published a book with Tyndale called The Trail which is an allegory about finding God’s will. I believe that allegories may be one of the best ways of teaching theology. The C... [Books I'm Reading] [Ed Underwood] [Gods will]

August 5, 6AM

What the Bible says about repentance is quite controversial. Repent and Believe to Receive Eternal Life? In some circles, repentance is a necessary first step to conversion, usually preceding faith. Those who hold this view often say things like “Repen... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [repentance] [salvation]

August 4, 6AM

When seeking to understand the biblical definition of forgiveness, it must first be understood that there are two main Greek words for forgiveness, both of which refer to a different kind of forgiveness. ⇦ Tweet that! Charizomai Forgiveness The firs... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [aphesis] [Calvinism] [confession] [eternal life] [forgiveness] [repentance]

August 3, 11AM

Ever wonder if Jesus would be out there holding a sign with those “Christians” who condemn homosexuals to hell? I think He would be … only here is the sign He would be holding: Love it? Hate it? Let others react to it by sharing it wit... [discipleship] [homosexual] [humor] [jesus]

August 1, 6AM

If there is one word which causes the most confusion in Christianity today about the nature and conditions of our eternal life, it is this word “saved.” Once Saved, Always Saved Take for example, the debate over “Once Saved, Always Saved.” Those ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal security] [James 2] [Once Saved Always Saved] [salvation] [saved]

July 31, 6AM

When I was a pastor, Dr. Earl Radmacher once came and spoke in my church. I introduced him as the author of numerous Christian books, the editor of the best-selling NKJV Nelson Study Bible, and the president emeritus of Western Seminary. At that time, one... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [gospel] [salvation] [saved]

July 30, 6AM

Like the word “gospel,” the word “salvation” means much more and much less than usually assumed. Just like the word “gospel,” the way the word “salvation” is often used today is very different from the way the word is used in Scrip... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [believe] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [faith] [gospel] [salvation] [save]

July 29, 6AM

I began these three posts on the gospel by saying that “You don’t have to believe the entire gospel to receive eternal life.” Hopefully after reading the previous two posts (Gospel 1 and Gospel 2), you can see why my statement is true. If the ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Belief] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [faith] [gospel]

July 28, 6AM

In a previous post I wrote about the popular misunderstanding of the word “gospel,” that is refers only to receiving eternal life and going to heaven when you die.I then argued that the gospel is everything related to Jesus Christ. Based on ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [gospel] [spurgeon]

July 27, 11AM

When I showed this image to my wife, she laughed. She laughed a little too much… It was hard for her to stop laughing… Hmmm… Consider sharing it with others below: If you liked this post, please share it with others! [discipleship] [humor] [husbands] [laugh] [Marriage] [relationships]

July 25, 6AM

You don’t have to believe the entire gospel to receive eternal life. And even if you believed in the gospel, you might not be saved.  Do such statements shock you? They should—especially if you hold to one of the traditional (yet not so biblical)... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [gospel]

July 24, 6AM

If we define faith as “confidence” or “conviction” based on the evidence presented, and once we recognize that there is no such thing as “degrees of faith,” then this leads to the truth that faith is not a work. Faith ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith]

July 23, 6AM

Yesterday we defined faith as confidence or conviction. One of the problem people sometimes have with this sort of definition, however, is that we think that there are degrees of faith, or (to put it another way), faith is on a sliding scale, where one en... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith] [hope] [trust]

July 22, 6AM

Defining “faith” (Gk., pistis) and the verb “believe” (Gk., pisteuō) is a bit like trying to define love. We can look up the words in Greek and Hebrew dictionaries and compare how the words were used in various ancient contexts, but when it comes... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [confidence] [faith] [hope] [trust]

July 21, 6AM

It is important to know before embarking on a serious study of Calvinism that Calvinism goes by various names. Sometimes it is called “The Doctrines of Grace” and other times it is referred to as “Reformed Theology.” This sort of terminology reve... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [Doctrines of Grace] [grace] [Reformed theology] [Tulip]

July 20, 11AM

Be careful not to quote too much Scripture to an atheist… because he or she may start quoting Scripture right back! There are a lot of verses in the Bible that seem downright, well, anti-biblical. Or at least anti-christ. You know… verses abo... [discipleship] [Apologetics] [atheists] [Bible study] [humor] [violence of God]

July 18, 6AM

Yesterday I tried to summarize Calvinism with my own words. This is always a dangerous task. In the book I am currently writing on Calvinism, I will always seek to let Calvinists present their views in their own words. So, as a way of appeasing any critic... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [John MacArthur] [Tulip]

July 17, 6AM

Some say that John Calvin was not a Calvinist. In some regards, this is probably true. There are one or two points of Calvinism which John Calvin is less than clear about in his writings. In some places, he seems to say one thing, and in other places, he ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Arminianism] [Calvinism] [Irresistible Grace] [Jacobus Arminius] [john calvin] [Limited Atonement] [Perseverance of the Saints] [Total Depravity] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

July 16, 6AM

John Calvin was born in France in 1509 and was raised as a Roman Catholic. His father initially intended John to enter the priesthood, but realized later in life that there was more money to be made in law, and so in 1525, sent John to become a lawyer. Th... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [john calvin]

July 15, 6AM

I am not really sure when I fully embraced Calvinism, but I do know that by the time I was in my early 20s, I was a five-point Calvinist. Since Calvinism was so inherently logical and apparently biblical, I was fully persuaded in my own mind that “Calv... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Arminianism] [Calvinism] [john calvin]

July 14, 6AM

Last week I announced that I needed to take a break from my series on the violence of God, and that I was considering doing a series on Calvinism instead. I ran a survey to see if people were interested in this, and 98% of you said “Yes!” So h... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Arminianism] [Calvinism] [five solas] [Jacobus Arminius] [john calvin] [Martin Luther] [Reformation] [sola fide] [sola gratia]

July 13, 11AM

A while back I wrote about how confrontational evangelism turns way more people away from Jesus than toward Him. Below is a Facebook account of exactly what I was talking about. If you liked this post, please share it with others! [discipleship] [evangelism] [Facebook] [hell] [humor]

July 11, 6AM

Have you ever seen this video? Watch it and follow the instructions carefully… If you’ve seen the video before, you know what to look for, but if you have never seen the video, you might have been shocked at what the end of the video reveale... [Bible study] [Bible study] [CS Lewis] [Narnia]

July 10, 6AM

Do you know what a Shibboleth is? You might have heard the term and not known where it comes from… In modern usage, a shibboleth is an idea, practice, belief, or custom which differentiates one group of people from another. So, for example, if you w... [Theology of God] [Luke 12:5] [violence of God]

July 9, 6AM

A while back I wrote about the 8 most dangerous Christian prayers. Afterwards, I realized that one of the most dangerous prayers of all was the Lord’s prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is full of dangerous prayers which can destroy your life. Each lin... [discipleship] [Prayer]

July 8, 6AM

Politically and theologically, I am fairly conservative. But when a liberal like Bill Maher makes a good point about Christians, I nod my head in agreement. Heck, maybe Bill has been reading my blog, because some of the points he makes I have made on this... [discipleship] [atheists] [Bill Maher] [following Jesus] [humor] [loving neighbors]

July 7, 6AM

Did you know this site had a forum?  It is fairly new, but a few people have discovered it and have started using it. The content of this blog is usually dictated by whatever I am writing about at the time, but the Bible and theology forums are your ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Community] [Forum]

July 6, 5PM

My series on the violence of God has exhausted me. I think I know where I want to go with it, but I now need to read about 20-30 more books and let my ideas congeal. So in the meantime, I need a blog series to “fill the gap.” Since I used to b... [blogging] [Calvinism]

5AM

This past week we took a look at why Cain offered a sacrifice to God, and why God rejected Cain’s sacrifice, but accepted Abel’s. Here is a lighthearted perspective on why Cain’s sacrifice was better… If you liked this post, pleas... [discipleship] [Abel] [Cain] [Genesis 4] [humor] [laugh] [sacrifice]

July 4, 5AM

Yesterday we discussed why Cain attempted to make an offering to God in the first place. God had not yet commanded sacrifices and offerings, so why did Cain give one to God? In today’s post, we look at the question about why God rejected Cain’... [Bible study] [When God Pled Guilty] [Abel] [Cain] [Genesis 4] [sacrifice]

July 3, 5AM

Though some believe the first sacrifice in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:21, others say the first sacrifice in Scripture is one chapter later in Genesis 4 when Cain brings an offering of fruit and Abel brings the firstborn from his flock. But just as pe... [Bible study] [When God Pled Guilty] [Abel] [Cain] [Genesis 4] [offering] [sacrifice]

July 2, 11AM

Many believe that the first sacrifice was carried out by God Himself in Genesis 3:21 which says that God made tunics of skin for Adam and Eve so that they could be clothed. Did God Sacrifice an Animal in Genesis 3:21? Although the text says nothing about ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Bible study] [When God Pled Guilty] [Genesis 3:21] [sacrfiice] [Substitutionary Atonement]

July 1, 11AM

It is extremely difficult to write a good commentary on the Psalms, partly because there are 150 of them, and if all you do is say the barest minimum about each Psalm you will easily end up with a commentary over 300 pages long. The main reason that is di... [Books I'm Reading] [Bible Commentary] [Psalms]

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Making Sense of the Bible is the book I wish I had read 20 years ago. It would have saved me so much headache, heartache, and trouble as I have sought to make sense of how to understand what the Bible teaches about God, and how to reconcile the enemy-lovi... [Books I'm Reading] [Theology of the Bible] [Bible] [Books]

June 30, 5AM

A guest post by Peter Fischer. Peter was a Lutheran Minister for over a decade before leaving ministry to become an Employment Counselor. He lives in Vancouver, Canada and is the Writer/Producer of After the Pulpit Follow Peter on Twitter or like ATP̵... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Guest Post] [leaving church] [pastoral ministry]

June 29, 5AM

After I wrote my post about we human commit evil and then blame God for it, I found this image online. I laughed because it’s true. If God is angry at us, He is angry because we Christians keep blaming Him for everything that goes wrong in the world... [discipleship] [blaming God] [homor] [laugh] [violene of God]

June 28, 6PM

Back in 1995 I was a 5-point hyper Calvinist. Over the course of the next 3 years, and through studying various passages and reading various books, I dropped belief in the third point of Calvinism: Limited Atonement. But I told myself that I would never d... [Books I'm Reading] [Books] [Marcus Borg] [theology]

June 27, 8AM

The following post contains a proposal about how to understand the violence of God in drowning the Egyptian army. I am publishing it for your input and feedback. I think that maybe what I have presented is a bit of a stretch, but if I am going to maintain... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [Egyptian army] [Exodus 14] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 26, 6PM

As I continue to write on how to understand the violence of God in the Old Testament, I am always shocked whenever I run into a Christian who thinks the Bible isn’t violent. I want to ask them if they have read anything outside of the New Testament (Eve... [Books I'm Reading] [When God Pled Guilty] [Bill Maher] [Books] [violence of God]

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I realized the other day why I am having such a struggle writing this book on the violence of God in the Old Testament. The reason is because the process of grappling with this issue is requiring me to rethink, rewrite, and redo nearly all of my theology.... [Theology - General] [When God Pled Guilty] [theology] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 25, 3PM

Did you know I started a publishing company last year? It’s called Redeeming Press. Almost TWO years ago I ran a survey through this blog about people’s publishing plans (Go see some of the responses here). Since that time, I have incorporated... [blogging] [Books I'm Reading] [Books] [free books] [publishing]

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A couple weeks ago, I announced that I was giving up on my proposal (…again). Then Chuck McKnight alerted me to this video interview of Greg Boyd by Nate Cunningham. The video should start at the 13:40 mark, but if it doesn’t, that is where t... [discipleship] [When God Pled Guilty] [Greg Boyd] [violence of God]

June 24, 5AM

People often assume that we must determine whether or not God exists before we can raise the question of what this God is like. In other words, why bother with the question of the nature, attributes, and characteristics of God until and unless we first de... [Theology of God] [atheists] [Existence of God] [jesus] [Theology of God] [violence of God]

June 23, 5AM

This is a guest post from Wesley Rostoll. He lives in in South Africa with his wife and two kids. Wesley left the institutional church about 5 years ago and has been exploring what some people call organic church ever since. He writes about what he has l... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Adam and Eve] [Genesis 3] [Guest Post]

June 22, 11AM

In light of my series on the violence of God in the Bible, in which I said that the Bible is the most violent religious text in the world, someone sent this picture to me. It made me think… Hmmm, why do I want my children to read the Bible again? G... [Theology of the Bible] [Bible] [God] [humor] [laugh] [violence of Scripture]

June 20, 5AM

No, Adolph Hitler never spoke about the inspiration of Scripture (that I know of). But last week I posted two blog posts that got quite a bit of discussion, and I found the comments on these two posts quite … ironic. They were these two posts: The ... [blogging] [discipleship] [Hitler] [Inspiration] [inspiration of scripture] [religions] [scripture]

June 19, 5PM

Ever wonder why C. S. Lewis was so influential in his thinking and theological writing? It is because C. S. Lewis translated his theology into language that anybody could understand. This was not accidental, but intentional. Here is what C. S. Lewis said... [Books I'm Reading] [discipleship] [Theology - General] [CS Lewis] [theology] [Writing]

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In a recent post on evangelism, an African evangelist posted some comments that I though were quite good. His name is Godfrey Mawa, and here is what he wrote about how western missionaries often spend money on their African mission trips (I edited his com... [discipleship] [African missions] [evangelism] [Missions]

June 18, 4PM

In explaining why C. S. Lewis wasn’t more popular among American Christians in the 1960s, Alister McGrath wrote this: What evangelical would want to be associated with someone who smoked heavily, drank copious quantities of beer, and held views on t... [Books I'm Reading] [best books] [CS Lewis]

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Last week I wrote a post about the inspiration of Scripture and the inspiration of other religious books  which struck a cord with a lot of people.  One blog reader, Jake Yaniak, left a comment that he had written something similar just a week o... [discipleship] [Theology of the Bible] [Bible] [inspiration of scripture]

June 17, 5AM

Dear Jeremy from 1999, Don’t freak out, but this is a letter from you fifteen years into the future (2014). Yeah, we developed a fancy time-warp email system so that I can send letters back to myself. Pretty cool, huh? Just wait until you see Google... [blogging] [discipleship] [family] [Marriage] [synchroblog]

June 16, 5AM

When people seek to defend the idea that God is violent “because the Bible says so,” what they are really doing is allowing the violent portrayals of God in the Bible to override and trump the loving and merciful portrayals of God elsewhere in Scriptu... [Bible study] [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [Bible study] [hermeneutics] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 15, 11AM

June 13, 5AM

We are looking at 4 reasons the Bible is unique. Here is a brief summary of where we have been so far: The Bible is unique because it reveals mimetic rivalry and the scapegoat mechanism. The Bible is unique because it reveals how Jesus fulfills not just ... [Theology of God] [Theology of Man] [Theology of the Bible] [When God Pled Guilty] [anthroplogy] [Bible] [inspiration of scripture] [Revelation] [theology proper] [violence of Scripture]

June 12, 5AM

So far in this short series on why the Bible is unique among the spiritual writings of the world religions, we have seen that the Scriptures reveal human mimetic rivalry and the scapegoat mechanism, and that Jesus fulfills the Hebrew Scriptures (just as H... [Theology of the Bible] [When God Pled Guilty] [Bible] [inspiration of scripture] [Prophecy] [violence] [violence of God]

June 11, 5AM

We are looking at 4 shocking reasons the Bible is unique among the world’s religious literature. Yesterday we saw the first reason, that the Bible reveals mankind’s destructive cycle of mimetic rivalry and the scapegoat mechanism by which we e... [Theology of the Bible] [When God Pled Guilty] [Culture] [inspiration of scripture] [John 5:39-40] [Prophecy] [religion]

June 10, 5AM

In yesterday’s post I suggested that if we understand the inspiration of God as the “whisperings of God” then it makes sense to think that God has been whispering truth not just to the authors of Scripture, but also to people who wrote t... [Theology of the Bible] [When God Pled Guilty] [Bible] [inspiration of scripture] [mimetic rivalry] [Rene Girard] [scapegoat] [whisperings]

June 9, 5AM

Let’s see if I can get someone to condemn me as a heretic (again)… In some previous posts, I have suggested that the term “inspiration of God” in 2 Timothy 3:16 could be understood as the “whisperings of God.”  In... [Theology of the Bible] [When God Pled Guilty] [Bible] [Inspiration] [inspiration of scripture] [religion] [whisperings of God]

June 8, 11AM

Have you ever seen one of those blog posts which show stupid church signs?  Here is the dumbest church sign ever… A church in Alabama decided to put up a billboard… quoting Hitler!? No, this does not appear to be a hoax. No, the image ha... [blogging] [discipleship] [church] [Church Signs] [Hitler] [humor]

June 6, 5AM

In case you missed it earlier this week, my newest book has been released, and you can download it for free from Amazon through tomorrow (June 7, 2014). The book is called Church is More than Bodies, Bucks, and Bricks, and is about how church has nothing ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Close Your Church for Good] [church is more than bodies bucks and bricks] [free books] [free ebooks]

June 5, 7PM

It is usually quite rare to get excited about a book called Interpreting the General Letters, but either I am super geeky, or this book is simply excellent. It’s probably a bit of both. I initially thought this book by Herbert W. Bateman IV was going to... [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [Hebrews] [james] [John] [Jude] [Peter]

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If you haven’t read the previous two posts on the tenth plague, you might want to go do that now. It will help this post make more sense. Understanding the Ten Plagues Who Killed the Firstborn Sons of Egypt? In light of the idea that God did not k... [Bible study] [When God Pled Guilty] [Death of Jesus] [Ten Plagues] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 4, 5AM

Yesterday I introduced the idea that the ten plagues were primarily a way for God to reveal His power over and against the impotence of the Egyptian deities. In this post, we want to consider the tenth plague in more detail, and specifically consider the ... [Bible study] [When God Pled Guilty] [Exodus 12] [firstborn sons] [Ten Plagues] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 3, 5AM

The ten plagues were the means by which the people of Israel gained freedom from slavery in Egypt.  While some scholars argue that the first nine plagues were non-violent, it is impossible to say that they were non-destructive. Even if it could be pr... [Bible study] [When God Pled Guilty] [Ten Plagues] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 2, 5AM

I have a long and varied history with Bible software packages. I like the idea of Bible software, but have often had trouble finding one that works well with my thought flow and study habits. A while back, I even wrote a complaint about QuickVerse. So whe... [Bible study] [bible software] [Bible study] [logos]

June 1, 10AM

May 30, 5AM

I want to say several things in this post. Here they are in summary: I am giving up on the violence of God project I am going to finish the violence of God project Why? Because I love you all! So let me explain each point in more detail. I am Giving up ... [blogging] [When God Pled Guilty] [blogging] [Forum] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 29, 5AM

I recently had the opportunity to read a pre-release copy of The Path to Freedom by Brandon Chase, and wanted to invite the readers of my blog to get a free copy of this eBook when it comes out. To encourage you to do so, I am posting this interview of Br... [Books I'm Reading] [Brandon Chase] [free ebook] [freedom]

May 28, 5AM

Yesterday, we briefly looked at an alternative way of reading the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 which showed that God did not destroy these cities, but worked to rescue and redeem people from the destruction that these cities had brought... [When God Pled Guilty] [Genesis 19] [Jude 7] [looks like Jesus] [Romans 1] [Sodom and Gomorrah] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 27, 5AM

The events surrounding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are well known.  The Plan to Destroy Sodom and Gomorrah In Genesis 18:16-21, God informs Abraham that a great outcry against the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah had come up before Him, and so ... [When God Pled Guilty] [Genesis 19] [Lot] [Sodom and Gomorrah] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 26, 6AM

The Bible is full of bloody and gruesome portrayals, many of which are carried out at what appears to be the direct command of God.  One atheistic author has written an entire book about these many thousands of passages in the Bible in which God bles... [When God Pled Guilty] [blood] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 25, 10AM

I feel this way about theology and politics… but especially right now about politics. [discipleship] [history] [humor] [laugh]

May 21, 5AM

Click this image to see more God memes like this one. This is a little follow up post from yesterday where I said that Jesus did not in fact speak of hell more than heaven. Note that if what I proposed is true, then most of the passages in the Gospels tha... [discipleship] [CS Lewis] [evangelism] [hell]

May 20, 5AM

I sometimes hear pastors and teachers say that Jesus talked about hell more than heaven, and so we should do the same in our evangelism. In other words, it is is often suggested that Jesus “scared” people into the kingdom. He threatened people... [Bible study] [Theology of the End Times] [evangelism] [fire] [gehenna] [hades] [heaven] [hell] [sheol] [synchroblog]

May 19, 5AM

I am a “straight” heterosexual male. I don’t really have an opinion on whether homosexuality is genetic or a choice. One thing I am quite sure of, however, is that since I am straight, I could never “choose” to be gay. Theref... [discipleship] [gay] [heterosexual] [homosexual] [lgbt]

May 18, 10AM

May 16, 5AM

As I write about the violence of God in the Bible and have conversations about this with various people I interact with during the week, I often tell people that one of the reasons this is such an important topic is because Christians need a better answer... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [atheists] [God memes] [humor] [laugh] [salvation] [violence of God]

May 15, 5AM

Note: This post is rated PG-13. People who say the Bible is boring probably need to forget everything they have ever heard about the Bible and begin to read it as the masterpiece of literature that it is. We are so used to reading the Bible as a “Holy B... [Bible study] [bible reading] [Deborah] [Judges 5]

May 14, 5AM

It always troubles me that Christians so often seek the supernatural intervention of God in our daily affairs. You know, “miracles.” Can God perform miracles? Of course. Does He? Yes. Would I like to see more miracles? Without a doubt. And yet, I some... [discipleship] [Miracle] [Prayer] [Supernatural]

May 13, 5AM

No, this is not a post about whether or not you have truly believed in Jesus for eternal life, or how to tell if you have truly trusted Jesus or not. I want to encourage you to ask yourself whether or not you truly trust Jesus for other people. That is, d... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [trust Jesus]

May 12, 9AM

On a recent trip to Denver I was able to meet with five of the people who read this blog and discovered that I wish I knew you all a little bit better! So this post is your opportunity to let me get to know you, and allow you to introduce yourself and ge... [blogging] [blogging] [Community]

May 11, 9AM

Happy Mother’s Day! If you are not a mother (I’m looking at all you men, and all you young women), here is a test you can take to see if you could be a mother. As for all you mother’s, thank you, thank you, thank you for being such great... [discipleship] [mothers] [Mothers Day]

May 9, 5AM

Yesterday I presented a way of reading about the flood that was different than the traditional way the flood account is usually read. Certainly, the way I have proposed is challenging, but let us think momentarily about what the traditional reading says. ... [When God Pled Guilty] [Genesis 6] [the flood] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 8, 5AM

When bad things happen in this world, God often takes the responsibility for them because He is the one who created a universe where such evil things are possible. When God created the world, He did not plan for sin to enter the world and for things to ge... [When God Pled Guilty] [flood] [Genesis 6-8] [Genesis 7] [the flood] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 7, 5AM

If you have been reading this blog for the past eighteen months or so, you will know that I have been trying to write a book called When God Pled Guilty. The writing process of the book has been of twists and turns, stops and starts, but I finally feel th... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [When God Pled Guilty] [Books] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 6, 5AM

We often think that it is only we who must go to God for forgiveness, but there is a sense in which God asks us to forgive Him. No, it is not that God has sinned, but that He knows how much pain and suffering have come upon the world because of how He se... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [forigiveness] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 5, 5AM

If it is on the cross that Jesus most fully reveals God, and it is on the cross that Jesus became sin for the world, then this means that in the Old Testament, God also was becoming sin for the world. Just as Jesus became repulsive on the cross by taking ... [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [evil] [Genesis 3] [God] [old testament] [violence] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 2, 11AM

Yesterday we learned that if we had lived in the days of Jesus, we probably would have been among those calling for His death. The reason we do this is because we use violence to cover up violence, and we use God’s name to defend and justify our own... [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [God] [John 8:44] [old testament] [Satan] [violence] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 1, 5AM

One of the truths about ourselves that we learn from Jesus is that the violent portrayals of God in the Old Testament are really the reflections of violence that resides in our own hearts. Through Jesus, our depravity is laid bare and uncovered. Through J... [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [Crucifixion] [Killing Jesus] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 30, 5AM

One of the reasons Jesus came was to reveal God to us. Among all the truths that Jesus revealed to us about God, one of the most critical truths in connection to the violence of God in the Old Testament is that God is not angry. The violence of God in the... [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [anger] [prodigal son] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 29, 5AM

Some people wonder why Jesus came when He did. Why not earlier … or later? I have tackled this question in previous posts, but as I continue to research and write my book When God Pled Guilty, I came across an interesting observation and idea about ... [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [incarnation] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 28, 5AM

My friend Sam Riviera spends time every week with his homeless friends on the street. One of the days he makes sure to do this is on Easter Sunday as this day, more than any other, is a day to love those who have less than we do, just as Jesus came to lov... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [homeless] [Sam Riviera]

April 27, 11AM

Gotta be careful about what those church signs actually say… [Theology of the Church] [church] [humor] [laugh]

April 26, 9AM

Ward Kelly alerted me to this video from TheBlaze.com. Thanks, Ward! The people in this video were speechless after walking by some homeless people on the street. I would like to think I would have been different, but I am not so sure. [discipleship] [homeless]

April 25, 5AM

All three of my girls are currently reading The Picture Bible. When I was young, I think I read through that book 10 times or more. It was a great way to learn the Bible stories and become familiar with the basic structure of the Bible, and since it was w... [Bible study] [jesus] [violence]

April 24, 2PM

Kregel Publications recently sent me Robert Chisholm’s A Commentary on Judges and Ruth to read and review on this blog. Robert Chisholm is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, though I never had the privilege of sitting under him in any of my cla... [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [commentary] [Judges] [Ruth] [violence]

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My wife and I decided that as part of our Easter celebration this year, we would begin watching the History Channel TV miniseries “The Bible” with our three daughters.  I am sure people have reviewed this miniseries to death on other blog... [Bible study] [When God Pled Guilty] [jesus] [violence] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 23, 11AM

I was going to continue my series on the Violence of God anyway… mainly because I need to study it for myself, and writing is one way I force myself to study. But you may remember that a few weeks ago I ran a survey about whether you wanted me to co... [When God Pled Guilty] [survey] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

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A couple weeks ago I ran a survey on what my readers thought about sinful employment for Christians. The results are below. Sinful Employment for Christians The first survey was about what forms of employment would be sinful for a Christian. I r... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [sin] [survey]

April 22, 5AM

There has been a huge push toward unity in the church over the past 40 years or so. People are tired of the numerous divisions and splits that seem to occur with increasing frequency within the church. And while some of our divisions involve important iss... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [body of Christ] [church] [conformity] [synchroblog] [uniformity] [Unity]

April 21, 5AM

My friend, Sam Riviera, wrote this about how he spent Easter: Amazing grace, How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, But now am found. Was blind, But now I see. We spent Easter morning with the outcast — the lame, the halt,... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [Easter] [following Jesus] [He is risen] [mission] [Sam Riviera]

April 18, 5AM

I have tried to avoid this question for a long time… But recently a reader wrote in asking what I believe about predestination, and since I have written about other difficult “-ation” questions (such as masturbation), I decided to answer... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Salvation] [election] [Ephesians 1] [predestination] [romans 8]

April 17, 5AM

Yesterday we looked at the idea of God as a divine scapegoat. We pick up with this idea today, showing how Jesus also was a divine scapegoat. He not only revealed to us what God had been doing all along, but also unmasked the scapegoat mechanism for all t... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [Crucifixion] [jesus] [scapegoat] [violence] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 16, 5AM

The biblical symbol of the scapegoat helps us understand what God was doing when He allowed (or inspired) Old Testament authors to attribute violence to Him. When we understand that God Himself is the primary scapegoat in Scripture, it helps us see that ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [Leviticus 16] [scapegoat] [violence] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 15, 5AM

The reason that God appears so violent in Scripture (and in nature) is not because He is violent, but because He allows human and natural violence to be attributed to His name for our own sake. There are numerous reasons God allows violence to be attribut... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [evil] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 14, 5AM

A reader recently sent in a question about whether or not she could lose her salvation. I searched my blog high and low for somewhere that I had answered this before, and much to my shock, could not find that I had previously written about this anywhere. ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Salvation] [Assurance] [eternal life] [eternal security] [Kingdom of God] [lose salvation]

April 13, 5AM

I tend to write my books on my blog. I do this for various reasons, one of which is that I desire input, questions, and suggestions from readers. The following posts are from my book When God Pled Guilty, which is an examination of how to understand the v... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [When God Pled Guilty] [free ebooks] [violence] [When God Pled Guilty]
Ever wonder what Jesus meant when He said “The Kingdom of God is at hand”?  THIS: [discipleship] [Kingdom of God]

April 11, 5AM

Several readers have recently submitted questions about “soul sleep.” I have probably received 5 or 6 such questions in the span of two weeks. I am not sure why, since I have never received this question before on this blog. I wonder if maybe ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of the End Times] [1 Thessalonians 4] [2 Corinthians 5] [death] [Ecclesiastes 9] [heaven] [resurrection] [soul sleep]

April 10, 5AM

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-Part series on how Satan casts out Satan, we learned that Satan uses violent religion to attack and kill the messengers of God, and thus, appear to be “casting out Satan” while in reality, he is only so... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Angels] [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [Cross] [Crucifixion] [Death of Jesus] [Satan] [satan cast out satan] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 9, 6PM

I know that when authors and publishers send out “review copies” of their books, they are hoping for positive reviews. As an author myself, I know how much negative reviews hurt. So whenever someone sends me a review copy of their book, I try ... [Books I'm Reading] [Atonement] [Books] [Cross] [Crucifixion] [Death of Jesus]

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In Part 1 of this short series called “Satan Casts out Satan” we saw that although Satan stole dominion over the earth from Adam and Eve, Satan loves nothing more than to use violence to get rid of violence, and in so doing, consolidate and am... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the Church] [When God Pled Guilty] [power] [religion] [satan casts out satan] [violence] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 8, 5AM

One of the great lies of Satan is in how he uses human institutions such as religion and politics to make it look like God uses violence to defeat violence. This is the great myth of redemptive violence, which is seen in almost every movie, story, and leg... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Angels] [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [religion] [satan casts out satan] [violence] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 7, 5AM

A reader recently sent in this astute question: Why does Jesus tell people to “Go and sin no more” when He knew it was basically impossible for them to stop sinning?  This is a great question, and one that has been cropping up a lot in th... [Bible and Theology Questions] [discipleship] [Theology of Jesus] [Adultery] [go and sin no more] [jesus] [John 5] [John 8] [sin] [woman caught in adultery]

April 4, 5AM

This post continues to (re)summarize my proposal about how to understand the violence of God in the Old Testament. However, I have two quick questions for you … Now that I have returned to this series on the violence of God, the blog comments h... [Theology of Angels] [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [Devil] [John 8:44] [Liar] [murderer] [violence of God]

April 3, 5AM

One of the great lies that humanity has believed is that every war it engages in is a war for the good, a war for a righteous cause, a “just war.” And yet it is often these wars to defeat evil which result in a vicious cycle of even greater evil and v... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [When God Pled Guilty] [Holy War] [violence of God] [War] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 2, 5AM

The solution I proposed yesterday (and last year) about how to understand the violence of God in the Old Testament is based on the two theological convictions, the two ways of reading Scripture, and the two key passages which were discussed in earlier pos... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the Bible] [When God Pled Guilty] [Cross] [Luke 22:37] [telos] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

April 1, 5AM

Okay … after a nearly six month break, I am finally starting back up on my series about the violence of God in the Old Testament. Although, … it wasn’t really a break. I was madly reading, writing, and researching that whole time …... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [Murder] [violence] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

March 31, 5AM

What type of work is too sinful for a Christian? Where do you draw the line on sinful employment? Take this quick survey and use the share buttons at the bottom of the post to invite your friends to take the survey too. I will share the results of this s... [discipleship] [employment] [jobs] [sin] [survey] [Work]

March 28, 5AM

I had an interesting conversation recently with a man who attends a local mega church. Well, the church is about 1000 people, so it’s not quite “mega” (Which I think is defined as 2,000+ in attendance).  He was challenging my decisi... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [following Jesus] [mega church] [Ministry] [Mustard Seed] [service]

March 27, 2PM

Have you considered that Jesus may be leading you to leave the church as you know it so that you can be the church as it was meant to be? Please don’t dismiss such an idea too quickly. There are lots of people who leave the church today, and they often... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [being the church] [church] [following Jesus] [leaving church] [looks like Jesus] [loving neighbors] [Missions]

March 26, 5AM

Bill Maher is back at it… Late night comedian Bill Maher told his HBO “Real Time” audience on Friday that God was a “psychotic mass murderer.” He made the comments during a conversation on the biblical story of Noah and the upcoming Hollywo... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [When God Pled Guilty] [Bill Maher] [flood] [Noah] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

March 25, 5AM

I used to think it was just me. Then my wife got a Facebook account, and she complained of it too. Then I saw the little comic below, and realized that maybe it is a common occurrence. When I get onto Facebook, it seems that everybody else’s life i... [blogging] [discipleship] [Facebook] [Life] [synchroblog]

March 24, 5AM

Below is another question that was sent in by a reader. He wants to know how to stop sinning. Don’t we all! Below his question I have included the answer I sent to him, but I am sure he would like for you to weigh in as well. As always, be gracious ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Sin] [forgiveness] [grace] [love] [religion] [stop sinning]

March 23, 5AM

Sometimes we “Protestants” take our theology WAY to seriously. I laughed and laughed at the following pictures because the Catholic responses are perfect every single time … I especially smiled at the first Presbyterian sign where they ... [discipleship] [Church Signs] [humor] [laugh]

March 20, 5PM

Did you know that about a year ago I started my own publishing company? I have learned quite a bit about publishing books over the last 10 years or so, and wanted to make some of my experience available to others so that they also could get their books pu... [Books I'm Reading] [Christian books] [Redeeming Press]

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Lots of Christians struggle with the role of faith and works in the life of the believer. Since there are a myriad of positions on this debate, it can become quite confusing to sort through the various views and determine which is right. During my life as... [Bible and Theology Questions] [discipleship] [Theology of Salvation] [eternal life] [eternal rewards] [faith alone] [faith and works] [following Jesus] [grace] [James 2] [take up your cross]

March 19, 5AM

Have you ever read about the lukewarm believers in the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:15-16)? I am sure you have. Many people wonder about these lukewarm believers and what Revelation 3 teaches about their eternal destiny. Here is a question that a rea... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Salvation] [eternal life] [kingdom of heaven] [lukewarm] [Revelation 3:15-16]

March 18, 5AM

Recently someone sent in a question about the sin unto death. When I was writing my book about The Unforgivable Sin, I originally intended to include chapters on Hebrews 6, 1 John 5:16-17, and other similar passages that cause trouble in the minds of many... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [1 John 5:16-17] [Assurance] [eternal life] [forgivenes] [sin] [sin unto death] [unforgivable sin]

March 17, 5AM

I have been working my way through dozens of Bible and theology questions which people have submitted through that “ask a question” area in the sidebar. Here is one that was sent in about whether or not women can preach in church. Is it biblic... [Bible and Theology Questions] [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [1 Corinthians 14:34] [1 Timothy 2:12] [Acts 21:9] [church] [Romans 16:7] [Women Pastors] [women preachers]

March 14, 5AM

The last couple weeks I have been working my way through dozens of Bible and theology questions which people have submitted through that “ask a question” area in the sidebar. This one deals with the age-old question of “What about those ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Salvation] [eternal life] [faith] [gospel] [grace] [jesus] [Law] [never heard the gospel]

March 13, 10AM

For the past year I have been reading everything I can get my hands on about the violence of God in the Bible, and especially in the Old Testament. The reason is that I am trying to figure out how to reconcile Jesus’ command to love our enemies with... [Books I'm Reading] [violence of God] [warfare]

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In yesterday’s LONG post about why God delayed in sending Jesus, I promised a short one today. Here it is: Theology is like a food fight. After eating as much as you can, you throw the leftovers around just to have a good time. Afterwards, however,... [Theology - General] [theology]

March 12, 5AM

I have been working my way through dozens of Bible and theology questions which people have submitted through that “ask a question” area in the sidebar. Here is one about why God delayed to send Jesus. Why did God wait so long to send Jesus? I... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Salvation] [1 Peter 1:12] [Advent] [Galatians 4:4; Daniel 9:24-27] [gods plan] [Gods timing] [jesus]

March 11, 5AM

There are different forms of Christian prayer, but whether you have a set prayer time or seek to communicate with God throughout the day (or some combination of both), here are 10 Christian prayers that are extremely dangerous to pray. This doesn’t ... [discipleship] [how to pray] [Life] [Prayer]

March 10, 5AM

Thanks goes to Eric Carpenter for this photo. His post also informed me that C. S. Lewis and John F. Kennedy both died on the same day. I love this quote, but what I really love is that Lewis is smoking. I sure wish Lewis were alive today so he could weig... [Theology of the Church] [Christianity] [CS Lewis] [Happiness] [religion]

March 7, 5AM

In previous posts I have written that Legalism is the biggest threat to church unity, and that you are better off being a sinner than a legalist. So since legalism is so serious, it is important to know whether or not you are a legalist. Here are 10 Sign... [discipleship] [Theology of Sin] [Legalism] [legalistic] [sin]

March 6, 5AM

You might be surprised to learn what is the biggest threat to Christianity. Despite what you might hear from some churches, It’s not gay people. Despite what you might hear from some politicians pandering for votes, it’s not democrats (or repu... [discipleship] [Theology of Sin] [Legalism] [legalistic] [Matthew 5:20; Kingdom of God] [Pharisees] [Satan] [self-righteousness] [sin]

March 5, 5AM

If you look on the front cover of your Bible, you are likely to see this: Such wording is so commonplace, we hardly think anything of it. But are you aware that the concept of the Bible being holy is not found at all in the Old Testament and is rarely ap... [Theology of the Bible] [2 Timothy 3:15] [Bible] [scripture]

March 4, 5AM

One downside to having the “Ask a Bible and Theology” question section on my sidebar is that some people feel it is an invitation to send me hate mail. Ever since I put it up, I get a few nasty messages every week from people who think I am a ... [blogging] [Theology - General] [blogging] [heretic] [lies]

March 3, 5AM

I was a pastor for five years. I loved (almost) every minute of it. Many days, I still miss it … One of the things I enjoyed most was studying and preparing for my Sunday sermon. I tried as hard as I could every single week to prepare something fres... [Theology of the Church] [Preaching] [Sermons] [stealing]

March 2, 5AM

I saw this on Greg Boyd’s blog this week. I laughed and thought you might enjoy it too:   [Theology of the Church] [attending church] [church member] [humor] [laugh]

February 28, 5AM

The last couple weeks I have been working my way through dozens of Bible and theology questions which people have submitted through that “ask a question” area in the sidebar. Here is a question someone sent in about the signs of a false conver... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Salvation] [Assurance] [dead faith] [eternal life] [false conversion] [good works]

February 27, 1PM

RETREAT!!!!! I give up. I wave the white flag. I surrender. I hang my head in defeat. I slink off into the woods with my tail between my legs. Over a year ago I set out to put a theory of mine down on paper about how to reconcile the violence of God with... [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [Calvinism] [evil] [Greg Boyd] [jesus] [John Piper] [suffering] [violence of God]

February 26, 5AM

The last couple weeks I have been working my way through dozens of Bible and theology questions which people have submitted through that “ask a question” area in the sidebar. If you have been following along, you will note that some questions ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [attending church] [be the church] [forgiveness] [go to church] [Hebrews 10] [Malachi 3] [masturbation] [Pornography]

February 25, 5AM

The last couple weeks I have been working my way through dozens of Bible and theology questions which people have submitted through that “ask a question” area in the sidebar. Below is a question that made me laugh, not because it was a silly q... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of God] [God the Father] [God the Holy Spirit] [God the Son] [love of God] [Trinity]

February 24, 5AM

The last couple weeks I have been working my way through dozens of Bible and theology questions which people have submitted through that “ask a question” area in the sidebar. The following question is about the years of silence in the Bible, n... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of the Bible] [love of God] [Prayer] [Revelation] [years of silence]

February 21, 9AM

Most think of Allah as the god of Islam. And yet there are many Eastern and Middle-Eastern Christians who call God “Allah.” Is this wrong? Recently a reader sent in this question:  I love your newsletter and also the freedom to comment, s... [discipleship] [Theology of God] [Allah] [God] [jesus] [Muslims] [Prayer] [Yahweh]

February 20, 9AM

Warning: This post will interest only the most scholarly among you… It is written in answer to a question sent in by a reader about Genesis 1-2. Here is the question: Question: Genesis 1 and Genesis 2  appear to be written by different people. ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of the Bible] [Critical Text] [Genesis 1-2] [Inerrancy] [Inspiration] [JEDP] [Majority Text] [Q]

February 19, 9AM

Is this how Jesus’ Second Coming will look? I am not so sure… I have been getting dozens upon dozens of questions from that “Ask a Scripture or Theology” section on the right sidebar of this blog. I am realizing that I might have t... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the End Times] [jesus] [Luke 17:20-24] [Mark 14:62] [return of Jesus] [second coming]

February 18, 9AM

Proverbs 25:22 instructs us to heap burning coals on the heads of our enemies.  But what does that mean? Initially, this sounds like a terrible thing to do, but this strange command is in the context of giving bread to our enemies when they are hungr... [discipleship] [burning coals] [love like Jesus] [love your enemies] [loving neighbors] [Proverbs 25:22] [synchroblog]

February 17, 9AM

I sometimes cry at the search terms people use to find my blog. They remind me that there is so much pain and loneliness in the world. I use Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools to learn a few things about the people who visit my blog and how they ... [blogging] [discipleship] [blogging] [fear] [grace] [loneliness] [love of Jesus] [pain]

February 13, 9AM

Lots of people have some some of secret sin in their past (or in their present life) which they think is so bad, God could never forgive them. Well, they’re wrong.  If you think you have committed a sin which God cannot forgive, let me tell you... [Theology of Salvation] [forgiveness] [grace]

February 12, 9AM

The way that some churches try to “minister to homeless people”  is by driving up to the park where all the homeless people gather, opening the side door, throwing out a bunch of crates of food onto the sidewalk, and then peeling off down the... [discipleship] [homeless] [love like Jesus] [love others] [Ministry]

February 11, 9AM

One of the most popular forms of ministry today is the ministry that makes a big splash, garners a lot of attention, and possibly gets reported in the news.  And while good does come from “Go Big” forms of ministry, there are other ways t... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [church] [evangelism] [love like Jesus] [love others] [Ministry] [mission]

February 10, 9AM

This is a guest post from Mike Donahoe, who runs the “Done with Religion” blog. Here is what he writes about his ministry:  Done with religion does not mean done with God, but done trying to please God by performance. We no longer su... [Theology of the Church] [Bible] [church] [following Jesus] [Guest Post] [Prayer] [Word of God] [Worship]

February 6, 8PM

I often get Bible and Theology questions sent in from readers of this blog. I recently decided to start posting some of my answers to these questions so that if others have similar questions, they can be helped, and so that you, the readers of this blog, ... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Jesus] [Caesar] [deity of Jesus] [incarnation] [John 10:34] [Son of God]

February 5, 9AM

I thought this picture was kind of funny… It is an advertisement put out by some Christian organization to encourage people to think about their eternal destiny rather than put it off until tomorrow. Yet the designers of the advertisement messed up... [discipleship] [humor] [jesus] [Prayer]

February 4, 9AM

I get a lot of Bible and theology questions sent in to me from the “Ask a Bible and Theology Question” section in the sidebar. Though I am not always able to respond by email to all that I get, I do try to respond to most. I decided that as pa... [Bible and Theology Questions] [forgiveness] [grace] [in Christ] [pastors] [Q&A] [Reformation]

February 3, 9AM

It’s true what they say: all religions are the same. And make no mistake, I am including the Christian religion in with that. All religions are the same, including the Christian religion. All Religions are the Same All religions have at their core the i... [discipleship] [Theology of Salvation] [Christianity] [following Jesus] [free grace] [grace] [religion]

January 28, 6PM

There is no greater threat to the unity of the church than legalism. These are strong words, but history, tradition, experience, and Scripture reveal that where legalism spreads, disunity prospers. Thankfully, God has provided an antidote to legalism thro... [discipleship] [Theology of Salvation] [church unity] [eternal life] [free gift] [free grace] [grace] [Law] [Legalism]

January 27, 9AM

I am not talking about abortion. …Not yet anyway. I support a woman’s right to choose between paper and plastic at the grocery store. I support a woman’s right to choose what kind of light bulb she uses at home. I support a woman’s... [discipleship] [abortion] [pro-choice] [right to choose] [war on women]

January 24, 10AM

One of my pet peeves is how some Christians use “God Bless you” as a sort of greeting and salutation. This is how the conversations often go: Christian: Hey, Jeremy! God bless you! [We talk about something...] Me: Well, I gotta run. Christian:... [discipleship] [Christian lingo] [God bless you]

January 23, 9AM

The following comes from an email that was sent in to me through the “Contact Me” form on the right sidebar. I asked the sender if I could post it on this blog for others to respond to, and was given permission. If you were talking to someone,... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [God] [Psalm 23]

January 22, 9AM

We often think about discipleship being only for believers, but what about discipleship and the unbeliever? Is there such a thing as discipleship for the unbeliever? Can unbelievers be discipled? To hear some Christians and pastors talk about it, discipl... [discipleship] [discipleship] [faith] [following Jesus] [unbeliever]

January 21, 9AM

Want to get your book published? Do you have a manuscript and are seeking a publisher, or are thinking of writing a book, but don’t know where to begin? Let me introduce you to Redeeming Press! Redeeming Press is publishing the way it was meant to b... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [authors] [get published] [publishing] [Redeeming Press] [synchroblog]

January 20, 9AM

I know that “there is no fear in love, for perfect love drives out fear” but is there “fear in faith”? Some might say that “If you believe in God and believe that God is love, then you won’t be afraid to do what He asks... [discipleship] [faith] [fear] [love] [risk]

January 19, 9AM

Would you believe me if I said I have never seen an episode of “The Simpsons”? It’s true. Not one. Nor Beavis and Butthead. Nor The Family Guy. Nor whatever “adult” cartoon is currently popular.Anyway, I did find this funny t... [discipleship] [attending church] [being the church] [church service] [jesus]

January 17, 9AM

I spent a few posts this week (Questioning the Church, Extreme Church Makeover, What if You Were God?) talking about how you and your church and figure out what God wants you to do in your community with your time, energy, and money. Part of this process ... [Theology of the Church] [being the church] [church] [loving others] [Ministry] [mission] [missional] [service]

January 16, 9AM

As I try to dream and imagine what kind of “church” model best fits my personality and the cultural and historical context in which I find myself, I have slowly yet systematically stripped away everything I know and believe about how church ha... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [being the church] [church] [missional]

January 15, 9AM

You know those “Extreme Makeover” TV shows? They have the Extreme Home Makeover where they completely remodel a house, and the regular “Extreme Makeover” where they transform a person. I watched one of the regular Makeover shows a ... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [church]

January 14, 9AM

When it comes to church, the Bible teaches a lot more and a lot less than we think it does. The main things we think of as “church” may not be biblical at all, while the parts we disregard and neglect, may be the central truths to church. To g... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [church]

January 13, 9AM

I have been studying the doctrine of hell recently, and by coincidence, ran across the following video. The quality is pretty bad, but you don’t really need the images to get the… horror of it… Not the horror of hell, but the horror that... [discipleship] [evangelism] [hell] [Kingdom of God] [love]

January 12, 9AM

One blog I read is really more of a comic strip. It’s ASBO Jesus. Sometimes the comic is not really even a comic. Here is a post from a few years ago that I thought was insightful. It assumes that God does not attend church, and records the reasons ... [Theology of the Church] [ASBO Jesus] [attending church] [humor]

January 11, 11AM

I know I have talked about my newest eBook A LOT this week. Sorry about that. Actually, no, I am not sorry. I try not to push my books too much on my blog. I figure that if you like what I write in my blog posts, you are smart enough to buy some of my boo... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [book publishing instructions] [ebooks] [free download] [free ebook] [publishing]

9AM

I’m on the Drew Marshall show today. Around 11:00 Pacific. You can listen live! Philip Yancey is the special guest, along with recording artist Jon Brooks, and you don’t want to miss all the other Drew Marshall “autodidact iconoclas... [blogging] [blogging] [Interview]

January 10, 9AM

My newest eBook came out on Amazon this week. It’s called Book Publishing Instructions. If you have already started reading it, would you mind leaving a review of the book on Amazon? Just click the link above and then click the button on that page ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [book publishing instructions] [ebooks] [free download] [free ebook] [publishing]

January 9, 9AM

Last week I found a website by a person who who was offering a particular service for $1497. This was a discount from the $2497 they usually charged… My question is… why pay that much money when you can get it for free? Yep, my newest eBook is... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [book publishing instructions] [ebooks] [free download] [free ebook] [publishing]

January 8, 9AM

I don’t know how many books I have written. Twenty or so…. Nine have been published. Like most authors, I have about 97 other book ideas on my computer that I want to write. This is part of the reason I struggle so hard to finish books. I get ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [book publishing instructions] [ebooks] [free download] [free ebook] [publishing]

January 7, 9AM

You might have missed out… Earlier today I sent out a free PDF copy of my newest eBook, Book Publishing Instructions, to all my email newsletter subscribers. If you are an email newsletter subscriber, your copy should be waiting for you in your inbo... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [book publishing instructions] [email newsletter] [free ebooks]

January 6, 9AM

Dr. C. Marvin Pate has written an excellent volume on the theology of the Apostle Paul. It is titled, Apostle of the Last Days. Kregel sent me a review copy, and it is already one of the best books I have read in the past year. Apostle of t... [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the End Times] [best books] [Book Reviews] [end times] [eschatology] [Paul] [theology]

January 3, 9AM

I have published nine books and have contributed to several others. My most recent book, however, is written to help YOU get published.  I have learned quite a bit over the years about the process of publishing my own books, and very early on, I crea... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [author] [book publishing instructions] [free ebooks] [publishing] [Writing]

January 2, 1PM

I once heard that an active reader only reads 2000 books in their lifetime. I found that depressing at the time, since I already owned at least 2000 books. If the statistic was correct, that meant that I would never be able to read all the books I al... [Books I'm Reading] [best books] [Books] [Christian books]

January 1, 9AM

Below is a list of the 100 Top Christian Blogs. If you made it onto this list of top Christian blogs, here is a badge you may display on your website: 300 x 300 badge 125 x 125 badge use this code: <a href=”http://www.tillhecomes.org/... [blogging] [blogging] [synchroblog] [top Christian blogs]

December 25, 9AM

I hope you are having a great Christmas. Here are some Christmas Carols sung by my three daughters as a Christmas present for my wife, Wendy. My daughter, Taylor, played the piano and sang (she’s only been playing for about three months), why my oth... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Christmas] [Christmas Carols]

December 24, 9AM

This “Little Drummer Boy” video by Pentatonix is so cool on multiple levels: Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix Here is why I love “The Little Drummer” boy by Pentatonix. First, it’s by far the best rendition of “Little ... [discipleship] [Kingdom of God] [Miracle] [mission] [Pentatonix] [purpose in life] [singing]

December 23, 9AM

Did you know that Christmas tress are idols? At least, that is what I was once told by a member of my church. Several of us had gathered together on a Saturday afternoon in early December to decorate the church for Christmas. We put up lights, tinsel, red... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Jesus] [Christmas] [Christmas Redemption] [Christmas tree idol] [Holidays] [Jeremiah 10]

December 21, 7PM

I attended a seminar recently on the topic of Paganism. You know… those people who worship Thor, Freya, Odin, and engage in mystical rites out in the woods, usually around a fire. No, they don’t worship Satan. No, they don’t practice bla... [discipleship] [Christmas] [CS Lewis] [evangelism] [Pagan]

December 20, 11AM

Before reading this blog post, go do a Google search for images of Jesus. Take note of what you see, then come back here. Images of Jesus Online If your image search returned the same sort of images of Jesus that my image search returned, you probably saw... [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the Church] [being the church] [following Jesus] [images of Jesus] [jesus] [looks like Jesus]

December 19, 9AM

Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to be running into more and more ignorant Christians who seem to think that the best way to learn theology is to not study it. When challenged on any of their theological beliefs, their only real defense is, “Go... [Bible study] [Bible study] [Christians] [theology]

December 18, 9AM

Want to get published? I wrote a book called Book Publishing Instructions.  The eBook version is available now at Amazon, BUT DON’T BUY IT!!!!!! Why not? Because I am going to give it away as a free eBook. How to Get a FREE eBook Copy of Book Pub... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [book publishing instructions] [ebooks] [free ebooks] [publishing]

December 17, 9AM

The sounds of Christmas, I believe, are a little bit of heaven on earth. My wife, reading Christmas stories to our three daughters. My girls, singing and dancing to Christmas carols. Our cats, fighting with each other because they’re tired of being coop... [blogging] [Advent] [Christmas] [family] [synchroblog]

December 16, 9AM

Jesus came to bring light to those who sit in darkness. If we are followers of Jesus, shouldn’t we be doing the same? This post by Sam Riviera challenges us to take light and love to those in the dark. A while back Jeremy wrote: If the church wants... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Theology of the Church] [Christmas] [church] [darkness] [discipleship] [evangelism] [mission] [prostitutes] [Sam Riviera]

December 15, 9AM

Are you ready for another month of people telling you not to say “Merry Christmas” and that you should instead say “Happy Holidays”? (Which is strange, because Hannukah is already over…, but I suppose there is still Yule, Kwa... [discipleship] [Christmas] [humor]

December 14, 3PM

I have been hearing lots of complaints recently from traditional publishers, authors, and agents that some of the changes in the publishing world are ruining books forever. Their rants go something like this: Now that everybody can publish a book, there&#... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [authors] [ebooks] [get published] [publishing]

December 13, 9AM

Below is a classic essay by C. S. Lewis on the relationship between work and prayer. See the related essay titled “The Efficacy of Prayer” in C.  S. Lewis, The World’s Last Night and Other Essays. Work and Prayer By C. S. Lewis Even if I grant y... [discipleship] [CS Lewis] [faith] [Prayer] [Work]

December 12, 9AM

How can you tell if your church doesn’t understand it’s mission? Sometimes the signs are pretty obvious that the church really doesn’t want to reach out and love others. But other times, we just don’t recognize the attitudes and be... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [church] [mission] [missional]

December 11, 9AM

In a previous post, I mentioned that I visited The Refuge in Denver, CO. They describe it as a home for spiritual orphans, a place to gather hope. Here is some of what I learned about “how” they do things at The Refuge. I don’t share th... [Theology of the Church] [church planting] [Kathy Escobar] [Ministry] [mission] [The Refuge]

December 10, 9AM

The House of Refuge occasionally offers dinners to the community. I got to hang out at a The Refuge last week in Denver, CO. It consists of people who gather together to live life, and help each other through the messiness and pain of life. The night I wa... [Theology of the Church] [Kathy Escobar] [Life] [Ministry] [mission] [The Refuge]

December 9, 9AM

Here is a story from Sam Riviera about how he showed tangible love and concern for a woman he met outside of Walmart. As we seek to follow Jesus and be the church in our community, loving others with the love of Jesus can be as simple as caring for the pe... [discipleship] [be the church] [homeless] [Sam Riviera]

December 8, 9AM

One thing we Christians love to do is gossip. I suppose that due to the Papparazi gossip machine and gossip-heavy magazines like “People” it is only natural Christians fall into this social trend of listening to and spreading rumors about other people... [discipleship] [Christian sin] [gossip] [humor] [sin] [sins]

December 6, 9AM

This guest post is by an anonymous person. Even though he is not ashamed of whom he is, he has chosen to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing family members who are still evolving on these issues. This post was condensed from interviews with our anonymo... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [gay] [homosexual] [lgbt] [looks like Jesus] [queer]

December 5, 9AM

This guest post is by an anonymous person. Even though he is not ashamed of whom he is, he has chosen to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing family members who are still evolving on these issues. This post was condensed from interviews with our anonymo... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [gay] [homosexual] [lgbt] [looks like Jesus] [queer]

December 4, 9AM

This guest post is by an anonymous person. Even though he is not ashamed of whom he is, he has chosen to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing family members who are still evolving on these issues. This post was condensed from interviews with our anonymo... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [gay] [homosexual] [lgbt] [looks like Jesus] [queer]

December 3, 9AM

This guest post is by an anonymous person. Even though he is not ashamed of who he is, he has chosen to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing family members who are still evolving on these issues. This post was condensed from interviews with our anonymou... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [gay] [homosexual] [lgbt] [looks like Jesus] [queer]

December 2, 9AM

This is a guest post Brandon Chase. Brandon is a baseball player at heart; a practicing Crossfitter, golfer, hoopster and guitarist; fueled by meat, cappuccinos and chocolate. He writes about learning to Live by the Life of Jesus Christ on his blog Zō... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [church] [Church Growth] [Guest Post] [organic church] [revival]

December 1, 9AM

I found this while looking for an image for a different post. It says “Church Fail” on it, but it appears the church fail blog no longer exists. Oh well. It is still humorous. Of course, I don’t think “church” only exists whe... [discipleship] [alan knox] [attending church] [church] [humor]

November 29, 9AM

Yesterday I mentioned Isaiah 53:1-3 in a post about Models for Christ, and in a previous post I talked about various popular church models. It occurred to me that a good church model is found in  Isaiah 53:1-5. Here are the bullet points: No beauty that... [Theology of the Church] [church model] [Isaiah 53]

November 28, 11AM

As people around the country stop to sit down with friends and family and a bunch of other strangers while we wait in line for the doors to open at Best Buy, it is good to remember all that we are thankful for. One of the things I am thankful for is ̶... [discipleship] [looks like Jesus] [service] [Thanksgiving]

November 27, 9AM

Have you ever been to a Christian event like a party or concert and been bored stiff? Have you ever looked around and thought, “What in the world is going on here?” You recognize all the parts of the event — the food, the music, the peop... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [christian events] [church] [evangelism] [outreach]

November 26, 9AM

I am facing a house church dilemma. Maybe some of you can help me. I have visited some house churches that were …. well… not normal. They were kind of weird. Have you? I don’t really know how to describe it, and I don’t want to so... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [church models] [house church] [missional church] [organic church] [Wayne Jacobsen]

November 25, 9AM

Sam Riviera‘s church is among the homeless. Here is another account of how he follows Jesus to share His love with those who have so little. The cold rain streams down my window as I sit in my warm and dry home, yet hot, wet tears stream down my ch... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Theology of the Church] [homeless] [Ministry] [mission] [Sam Riviera]

November 24, 9AM

Jesus’ attitude toward the Temple was not “this institution needs reforming,” nor “the wrong people are running this place,” nor yet “piety can function elsewhere too.” His deepest belief regarding the Temple was eschatological: the time had... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [institutional church] [jesus] [NT Wright] [temple]

November 22, 9AM

No, I’m not telling you to stop attending church. You must do what you believe God wants you to do. If you Stop Attending Church But if you stop attending church so that you can be the church, it may be the best thing that ever happens to you in yo... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [attending church] [be the church] [evangelism] [following Jesus] [mission]

November 21, 9AM

This is from a 2008 post by Perry Noble. I thought it was good then, and it’s still good today. I had some “what if” thoughts the other day that I wanted to share… WHAT IF the church really believed that Jesus was as powerful as Scripture sa... [Theology of the Church] [church] [Kingdom of God] [Ministry] [mission] [perry noble] [what if]

November 20, 9AM

I don’t think God cares too much which church model we use, house church, mega church, liturgical church, or free-for-all charismatic church. God’s main concerns are justice, compassion, grace, mercy, generosity, love, joy, peace, patience, ki... [Theology of the Church] [Church Growth] [church model] [Justice]

November 19, 9AM

Some people think I have lost my faith. I think I am only now beginning to find it. Parts of my story, my journey of faith, my walk with God (or whatever you want to call it) have been posted in various places online (on Jason Boyett’s blog, for exa... [discipleship] [church] [depression] [hope] [Life] [my story] [pastoral ministry] [regret] [theology]

November 18, 9AM

One of the primary ways we can be the church in the community is by following the example of Jesus in showing love to the needy and homeless in our town. Here are some practical examples from Sam Riviera about how he loves the homeless in his city. Sam ha... [discipleship] [be the church] [homeless] [Sam Riviera]

November 17, 9AM

Thank you for reading this blog and for interacting as you do in the comments. It is often through the comments that I find some of your blogs, and over the past week or two have found some blogs I want to mention. Go check them out! First, Dr. James McGr... [blogging] [blog reading] [free ebooks]

November 16, 3PM

Kregel sent me a copy of What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible, edited by Jason DeRouchie. By the title, I expected a Christologically-centered survey of the Old Testament, which, frankly, would be a welcome ad... [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [Bible study] [Book Reviews] [Calvinism] [jesus] [old testament]

November 15, 2PM

I don’t often recommend products or services on this blog, but I recently learned of a sale that is going on which is too good to not recommend. It is the pre-Black Friday Sale at StudioPress for their Pro-Plus All Theme Package. It might seem a bit... [blogging] [best wordpress theme] [blogging] [StudioPress]

November 14, 9AM

Remember Susan Boyle? She went pretty far in the Britain’s Got Talent show back in 2009. But I recently was thinking about her and what heaven will be like, and realized there is something she teaches us about life, dreams, eternity, and heaven. Wat... [discipleship] [Theology of the End Times] [dreams] [heaven] [hell] [hopes] [new earth] [Susan Boyle]

November 13, 9AM

A man came into my study this week struggling with sin, salvation, and a sense of God’s presence in his life. He told me he was saved but he had never seen God work in his life. While I could have pointed out that God is at work in the lives of all peop... [discipleship] [Theology of Salvation] [Assurance] [evangelism] [security] [sinners prayer] [witnessing]

November 12, 9AM

I am not against “House churches.” I love house churches, and I love house church people. But I do get nervous when house church proponents (HCP) start to condemn all other forms of church. It sounds ominously familiar… To see what I me... [Theology of the Church] [church models] [house church] [mega church]

November 11, 9AM

This post is part of Sam Riviera’s series on being the church in our community. See the bottom of this post for more posts on how you can be the church to others by living like Jesus among them. Recently I traveled to Denver to visit The Refuge, a ... [discipleship] [be the church] [Kathy Escobar] [love like Jesus] [love others] [Sam Riviera] [The Refuge]

November 10, 9AM

Saw this on Pinterest the other day… this kid draws a picture of his favorite part of church. …and by the way, I am now on Pinterest… if you are too, Follow me! I will most likely follow you back… Anyway, I sometimes think many adu... [discipleship] [attending church] [humor] [laugh]

November 8, 6PM

I don’t know why, but I am always surprised when I come across blatant lies in Christian blogs. You know… blogging dishonesty of this sort: “How I went from 2 readers to 20,000 in three weeks, and how you can too!” That’s a l... [blogging] [blog] [blogging] [deception] [start a blog]

9AM

I taught recently on Luke 2:40-52 and indicated in my message that Jesus learned the Scriptures and learned wisdom just like any human. Just as He grew physically, He also had to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual strength. That Jesus learned seems ... [Bible study] [Theology of Jesus] [Bible study] [Gnosticism] [heresy] [humanity of Jesus] [jesus] [Luke 2]

November 6, 9AM

It is often taught that Jesus obeyed the law perfectly because we cannot. Then we are told that when we believe in Jesus for eternal life, He give us His righteousness. He has such an infinite supply of righteousness, that He can pour some of it into us s... [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Salvation] [good works] [gospel] [love of God] [Luke] [righteousness] [salvation] [sin]

November 5, 9AM

OK, OK, despite the title of this post, I fully admit that the vast majority of modern day Christian are biblically illiterate. Most cannot name the books of the Bible or find Scripture verses when asked. Shockingly few know how many apostles there were,... [Bible study] [being the church] [Bible study] [learn the Bible] [love others] [loving neighbors]

November 4, 9AM

One important part of being the church in your community is to welcome new people to the neighborhood. In this post, Sam Riviera reminds us of the importance of welcoming new people, and provides some suggestions for how you can welcome new people to yo... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [evangelism] [love] [Sam Riviera] [welcome new people]

November 3, 11AM

Exegeting Scripture is the process of digging deep into the individual words and concepts of the Bible in a way that help us understand what Scripture meant to its original audience. Below is an example of exegeting a church sign. Sadly, I fear the exeges... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [attending church] [church sign] [evangelism] [humor] [laugh] [love of God]

October 31, 11AM

If you subscribe to this blog through my email newsletter, you may have noticed that I am a bit past due on sending out my next free eBook. This is because I have been working hard to get something started to help you get your book published. I am setting... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [book publishing instructions] [Books] [ebooks] [free ebooks] [get published]

October 29, 9AM

Ever wonder what Revelation 3:5 means about getting blotted out of the Book of Life? While I kind of don’t think there are actual “books” in which God writes people’s names, I do think the symbolism of the Book of Life is important... [Bible study] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of the End Times] [Assurance] [book of life] [book of the living] [eternal security] [revelation 3:5]

October 28, 9AM

If you want to be the church in your community, one big part of this is looking for people that you can love like Jesus. That is, you need to keep your eyes and ears open for the people whom God brings into your life who need a word of encouragement, a he... [discipleship] [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [be the church] [evangelism] [love like Jesus] [preach the gospel] [Sam Riviera]

October 27, 9AM

Ever have anyone tell you that they have a Word from the Lord for you? BEWARE! Usually, such words from the Lord surprisingly like personal opinion, and usually, the “word from the Lord” benefits or helps the person who shares it with you in s... [Theology of the Church] [Christianity] [church] [humor] [laugh]

October 24, 9AM

I like Thom Rainer. I have benefited greatly from his books and research. But his most recent book, I Am a Church Member, is severely misguided and misinformed. I Am a Church Member appears to be intended for “Church Membership” classes in ... [Books I'm Reading] [Theology of the Church] [Book Reviews] [church] [Church Growth] [church member] [discipleship] [discipline] [Thom Rainer]

October 23, 1PM

I was recently sent a book to read and review called Thinking Naughty Thoughts on Church, And Why I Think We Need to Change by Johan Van Der Merwe. All in all, the content of the book isn’t bad… it just has a definite self-published look and... [Books I'm Reading] [Book Reviews] [church]

10AM

First off, I must issue a HUGE apology to Dr. Streett. He sent me his book, Heaven on Earth, for review on my blog almost a year ago, and it got lost in my “must read now” book pile. Having read it, I really wish I would have read it earlier&... [Books I'm Reading] [Book Reviews] [Kingdom of God]

October 22, 9AM

Social justice has been a controversial topic in Christian circles for several decades. Part of the controversy is whether or not Jesus taught His followers to practice social justice. As with many Christian debates, there are two main sides to this issue... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [evangelism] [gospel] [government] [jesus] [needy] [poor] [social gospel] [social justice] [synchroblog]

October 21, 9AM

If you are looking for ways to be the church in your community and love others like Jesus, here are some practical suggestions of things you can do. This post is by Sam Riviera who lives out these suggestions in his day-to-day life. Be the Church by Picki... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [church] [following Jesus] [jesus] [Sam Riviera]

October 20, 9AM

Didn’t Jesus say something along these lines? Well, even if He didn’t, this is how most of us Christians live, so it must be true. The best way to show others you are a Christian is by wearing a t-shirt. Even if you treat other people like c... [discipleship] [Christianity] [church] [humor] [laugh]

October 17, 9AM

Lots of people these days are looking for an online Bible college or seminary where they can take courses from home without having to leave their jobs and uproot their families and move to a new city or state. Thankfully, more and more schools are offerin... [discipleship] [bible college] [Bible study] [education] [missional] [online bible college] [seminary]

October 16, 9AM

There is a popular Bible training DVD called “Learn the Bible in 24 Hours.” I highly recommend it, as it does a pretty good job summarizing the story and themes of Scripture in 24 1-hour segments. But guess what? I can summarize the Bible in ... [Bible study] [discipleship] [Bible study] [jesus] [learn the Bible] [love] [love God] [love others] [scripture]

October 15, 9AM

The Christian crusades of the Middle Ages were one of the greatest evils ever carried on in the history of the world. Oh, I know, I know. It was nothing compared to the holocaust, right? The crusades were just wars where one country was trying to get land... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [crusade] [gays] [homosexuality] [jesus] [lgbt] [love]

October 14, 9AM

In this post, Sam Riviera continues his series of posts on how to be the church in your community. He asks what it looks like to proclaim the Gospel to your neighbors. Many talk about being the church, but few know how. We understand church as those who ... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [evangelism] [gospel] [love] [Sam Riviera]

October 13, 9AM

I talk weekly with people who are pretty antagonistic toward Christianity. One of them recently sent me this picture: It is interesting because I am still in the middle of a long series on how to understand the flood in light of Jesus Christ, and the flo... [When God Pled Guilty] [flood] [Hitler] [violence] [violence of God]

October 11, 9AM

If you are looking for a way to share the love of Jesus with people around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves, I highly recommend participating in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is run by Samaritan’s Purse, and pro... [discipleship] [Christmas] [gifts] [hope] [love] [Ministry] [mission] [operation Christmas child] [shoe boxes]

October 9, 8AM

Life is hard. I think sometimes the stress and troubles of life get so overwhelming, we feel like each day is worse than the one before. Sometimes we feel like the main point of life is just getting through it so that we can eventually die and be free fro... [discipleship] [death] [depression] [jesus] [Life] [life is hard]

October 8, 9AM

When seeking answers on how to understand the flood in light of Jesus Christ, we must also consider what Peter writes in 2 Peter 2. His statements are critically important, for Peter lived and walked with Jesus, and would likely have heard how Jesus expla... [When God Pled Guilty] [2 Peter 2] [jesus] [the flood] [violence] [When God Pled Guilty]

October 7, 9AM

In this post, Sam Riviera continues his series of posts on how to be the church in your community. He asks what it looks like to proclaim the Gospel to your neighbors. Should the church proclaim the Gospel to the community? Does the church need to teach ... [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [evangelism] [gospel] [love] [preach the gospel] [Sam Riviera] [service]

October 6, 9AM

October 4, 1PM

There are about 10 million tithing Christians in America who give an estimated $50,000,000,000 annually to their churches and other charitable causes. That’s $50 billion! Arthur Sido at The Voice of One Crying Out in Suburbia alerted me to this stu... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [church] [Human Trafficking] [Ministry] [Missions] [Money] [Tithing]

October 1, 9AM

In Matthew 24:36-44, Jesus provides insight into the causes and events of the flood. Matthew 24:36-44 is not about the Rapture This is a popular proof text for teaching on the rapture of the church. Note, however, that if this passage is about the rapture... [Theology of the End Times] [When God Pled Guilty] [fire] [jesus] [Matthew 24:36-44] [Noah] [rapture] [the flood]

September 30, 9AM

It is popular today for people to say, “Don’t go to church; BE the church.” Everybody nods their heads at this, but few actually know what it means or how to truly “be the church.” With this post, Sam Riviera is starting a ... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [church] [discipleship] [evangelism] [jesus] [Sam Riviera]

September 27, 10AM

Did you know that men all over our country are paying money to rape young girls? Worse yet, if these men get caught, they won’t go away to prison. They might get a slap on the wrist and spend a night in jail. The young girl will probably get arreste... [discipleship] [Human Trafficking] [prostitution] [rape] [sex trafficking]

September 25, 9AM

One Old Testament passages which sheds light on what happened at the flood is Isaiah 54:7-9. Though not much is said in this text to explain the cause or reasons for the flood, the text does reveal God’s activity during the flood. Lots of people believe... [When God Pled Guilty] [Isaiah 54] [the flood] [violence] [When God Pled Guilty]

September 24, 9AM

I am finally returning to my series on the violence of God in Scripture. We left off in the middle of a discussion about the violence of the flood. This post is going to look at the account of the flood in Job 22:15-18. If you need a refresher on some of ... [When God Pled Guilty] [flood] [Job 22:15-18] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

September 23, 9AM

If you want to love your neighbors like Jesus, it often doesn’t take great acts of kindness or huge sacrifices on your part, but simply being open to seeing what their needs are, and willing to help out where you can. Sam Riviera gives some practica... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [neighbors] [Sam Riviera]

September 22, 10AM

I saw this “Jesus facepalm” over at Greg Boyd’s blog and thought it was funny…. enjoy! I also agree with what Greg said on his blog… Jesus doesn’t do this, but sometimes it would be understandable. The way we mess up o... [blogging] [Theology of Salvation] [forgiveness] [grace] [humor] [jesus] [sin]

September 20, 9AM

This short Thai commercial is better than most movies I’ve watched recently, and it’s only three minutes long! If you watch it, you won’t have time for popcorn, but you will probably need a Kleenex… [discipleship] [love] [movies] [poor] [service]

September 19, 9AM

A reader sent in this question about Jesus’ statement in John 14:2, “I go now to prepare a place for you.” Here is the question: If Jesus is all powerful, why does he say, “I go now to prepare a place for you”? On a related n... [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the End Times] [end times] [John 14:2] [return of Jesus]

September 18, 9AM

A reader sent in this question about Jesus’ statement in John 14:2, “I go now to prepare a place for you.” The reader wants to know why Jesus is delaying His return. Here is the question: If Jesus is all powerful, why does he say, “... [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the End Times] [end times] [full number of Gentiles] [John 14:2] [Prophecy] [resurrection] [return of Jesus]

September 17, 9AM

Some Christians are wary of efforts to protect and preserve nature. I think that part of their concern is that some environmental efforts seem to make an idol out of nature, or even make nature more important than humans. Here is an example of what I am t... [blogging] [Theology of Man] [Creation] [environment] [Genesis 2] [synchroblog]

September 16, 9AM

If you want to love your neighbors like Jesus, it often doesn’t take great acts of kindness or huge sacrifices on your part, but simply being open to seeing what their needs are, and willing to help out where you can. Sam Riviera gives some practica... [discipleship] [Guest Post] [halloween] [loving neighbors] [neighbors] [Sam Riviera]

September 13, 9AM

No, I haven’t forgotten about my various books projects. In case you are wondering, here is my progress on some of the books I am currently working on: Close Your Church for Good I am finished writing the book. It just needs to get published. Sadly,... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books] [close your church] [commentary] [Jonah] [When God Pled Guilty] [Writing]

September 11, 9AM

I am sure you have either read or watched the movie of C. S. Lewis’ classic children’s novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  It is a great story, and if you haven’t read the book, you really need to. If you feel silly reading ... [Books I'm Reading] [discipleship] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the Church] [Theology of the End Times] [church] [CS Lewis] [end times] [jesus] [Narnia]

September 10, 9AM

It is always difficult to know what to say at a funeral or to people in pain. Usually, unless we have experienced great pain, suffering, or loss in our own life, we stick our foot in our mouth and say the wrong thing. Sometimes, in painful situations, it ... [discipleship] [comfort] [death] [Job 16:2] [pain] [suffering]

September 9, 9AM

This is a guest post from Glenn Hager. Glenn encourages free-spirited people of faith through his writing, speaking, consulting, and one-on-one relationships. He lives in the Chicago area with his amazingly patient wife, Patty, a spoiled beagle, and a cra... [discipleship] [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [discipleship] [following Jesus] [Glenn Hager] [Guest Post] [love]

September 8, 9AM

I love the Christian comics strips of ASBO Jesus. Whether you agree with the ideas and theology in these cartoons or not, they might encourage you to laugh at some of the quirks of Christianity. And if we cannot laugh at ourselves, we might be taking ours... [discipleship] [church] [humor]

September 6, 9AM

A reader recently sent a a series of questions about the experience of Jesus on the cross. I have answered most of the questions in previous posts (since the list below). In this post I will address the question about what Jesus meant when He said, “... [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Sin] [Cross] [death] [Death of Jesus] [Matthew 27:46-47] [sin]

September 5, 9AM

A reader recently sent in the following questions about the death of Jesus as the Son of God and how it affected God the Father. Specifically, they wanted to know if God knew what it was like to experience the death of a child. Here is the question: I am ... [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [death] [death of a child] [pain] [suffering]

September 4, 9AM

A reader recently sent in the following questions about the death of Jesus as the Son of God and how it affected God the Father. Specifically, they wanted to know if God knew what it was like to lose a son. Here is the question: I am a believer, but I am ... [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [death] [Death of Jesus] [love of God] [resurrection]

September 3, 9AM

A reader recently sent in an email about some questions from atheists that they had encountered. Here is the email that was sent in: I am a believer, but I am troubled by an atheist’s questions. I was talking to an atheist the other day, and he said... [discipleship] [atheists] [discipleship] [evangelism] [theology questions]

September 2, 9AM

If you want to love your neighbors like Jesus, it often doesn’t take great acts of kindness or huge sacrifices on your part, but simply being open to seeing what their needs are, and willing to help out where you can. Sam Riviera gives some practica... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [neighbors] [Sam Riviera]

September 1, 9AM

My wife and I used to wait tables. Our favorite customers were a certain biker gang. They came in every few weeks. They had long scraggly beards, wore leather, and were covered in tattoos. Following the stereotype, they ate a lot of food and drank a lot o... [discipleship] [church] [evangelism] [witness]

August 30, 9AM

You may have noticed that my website looks a little different recently. Here is why: I switched my blog theme to the Genesis Framework by StudioPress. This is a decision I have been weighing for over a year, and now that I have made the switch, I could no... [blogging] [affiliate] [blogging] [Genesis Framework] [StudioPress] [WordPress]

August 29, 10AM

Are you one of the millions of people who have stopped “attending church” so that you can better follow Jesus into the world? If so, you have probably noticed two things: First, you have rediscovered joy and excitement in your relationship wit... [Theology of the Church] [attending church] [be the church] [church] [family] [following Jesus] [God] [Life]

August 28, 9AM

What are your three greatest sins? Do you know? If you had to tell someone right now about your three greatest weaknesses, your three greatest sins, what would you say? This is not a hypothetical question. I once got asked this very question in an intervi... [Theology of Sin] [greatest sin] [judgment] [pride] [selfishness] [sin]

August 27, 9AM

Have you ever heard someone say that God cannot look upon sin? I have, and a reader recently sent in this question: It has been told to me that God cannot look upon evil, so why does the beginning of the book of Job portray God and satan conversing? I hav... [Theology of Sin] [evil] [Habakkuk 1:13] [Job] [Satan] [sin]

August 26, 9AM

Do you want to get to know your neighbors better? Try throwing an end of Summer block party! Here are some suggestions from Sam Riviera about how to do this: Get Help for Your Block Party Our street had not had a block party for over twenty years. My wife... [discipleship] [discipleship] [evanglism] [neighbors] [Sam Riviera]

August 25, 9AM

I often try to post something fun and lighthearted on Sundays. I recently saw this crazy little video of a sport I have never seen before. I would love to see what happens to the guys who don’t make it across the river! [blogging] [humor]

August 23, 9AM

I sometimes get asked if I believe in “Once Saved, Always Saved.” One reader recently sent in this question: Can a Christian lose their salvation? The old saying is once saved, always saved. I have two ways of answering this question, both of ... [Theology of Salvation] [Acts 16:31] [eternal life] [eternal security] [everlasting life] [rewards] [salvation] [saved]

August 22, 9AM

A reader recently sent in this question using the “Submit a Question” section in the sidebar: What is a prayer? Now that is a concise question! Ha! Of course, it cannot be answered so concisely…but I will try. What is prayer? Why do we t... [discipleship] [how to pray] [Prayer]

August 21, 9AM

A reader recently sent in the following question about blasphemous thoughts and the unforgivable sin. I got your book on the unforgivable sin. What advice can you give for those who suffer with blasphemous thoughts? I have not said anything but they are s... [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [unforgivable sin] [Blasphemy] [forgiveness] [grace] [jesus] [love of God] [Matthew 12:31-32] [unforgivable sin] [unpardonable sin]

August 20, 9AM

In years past I have written about what the Bible says about getting paid to pastor, and especially getting paid to preach the gospel (Look on this page, under the “Pastoral Pay” section). Recently, a reader sent in the following question: I n... [Theology of the Church] [1 Corinthians 9] [Money] [pastor] [preach the gospel] [Preaching]

August 19, 9AM

This post on loving neighbors without an agenda is by Sam Riviera, a person who has loved others like Jesus for many years. His posts on this blog give concrete, practical, real-world ideas for how to follow Jesus by loving and serving others. As we have... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [neighbors] [Sam Riviera]

August 18, 9AM

I discovered this video over at The Christian Monist. It shows what happens when you tell your pastor you are switching churches. Clearly… if you are switching churches it can only mean that you are a backslider, have fallen away from the faith, are... [discipleship] [humor] [video]

August 16, 12 PM

2 Timothy 2:15 is a popular verse among pastors, Bible students, Bible colleges, and seminaries. In the King James Version, Paul instructs Timothy to “Study to show thyself approved unto God.” Alan Knox wrote a great blog post the other day w... [Bible study] [2 Timothy 2:15] [Bible study] [study to show thyself approved]

August 14, 9AM

Do you use any Bible software for reading and research? I have used various programs in the past (QuickVerse and BibleWorks), and have generally enjoyed using them for research, but not for reading. So when Logos Bible software recently asked me to select... [Bible study] [Books I'm Reading] [bible software] [Biblical Theology] [ebooks]

August 13, 9AM

This post on Jesus’ parables is part of the August Synchroblog, a monthly event where bloggers around the world write about various topics at the same time. If you are a blogger or writer, make sure you join us next month! It’s a great way to ... [discipleship] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of the Bible] [Bible] [jesus] [Luke 8] [Matthew 13] [parables]

August 12, 9AM

This post on pitfalls to avoid in getting to know your neighbors is written by Sam Riviera, a frequent contributor to this blog. In the previous posts in this series (see link list below) we have discussed methods for getting acquainted with our neighbor... [discipleship] [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [jesus] [love] [neighbors]

August 11, 9AM

I know that the church is not supposed to follow the world, but sometimes, I think the church could learn a lot from the world. Take this as an example: What else could the church do instead of leaving trashy fliers like this on the windshields of other ... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [alcohol] [blessing] [church] [curse] [Ministry] [world]

August 9, 1PM

You may have noticed I haven’t posted much this week. Why? A lot has been going on. LifeLock First, I had one of my credit card accounts stolen this week. Thankfully, the credit card company caught it before it got too out of hand. The thief made al... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Bible Commentary] [john calvin] [Jonah] [theology] [Writing]

August 6, 9AM

The flood narrative in Genesis 6-8 is difficult to understand in light of the self-sacrificing nature of God revealed in Jesus Christ on the cross. How can the God who drowns everybody on earth because of their sin, be the same God who dies for everybody ... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [2 Peter 2] [Genesis 6-8] [Genesis 8] [jesus] [romans 8] [the flood]

August 5, 9AM

This post on Loving our Neighbors through group events is by Sam Riviera, a frequent contributor to this blog. In the previous posts in this series (see link list below) we discussed first getting acquainted with our neighbors and then building relations... [discipleship] [discipleship] [evangelism] [group events] [love] [neighbors] [Sam Riviera]

August 3, 9AM

Thanks goes out to Neil Braithwaite for alerting me to this new series coming to television, “The Preachers of LA.” Words fail me so you will just have to watch the video… The fun really starts at about the 1:10 mark… What is you... [Theology of the Church] [Money] [pastor] [Preaching]

August 1, 9AM

In seeking to understand what is going on in the account of the flood and why the waters that came upon the earth, we must understand the Ancient Near East cosmology. That is, what they thought about how the world worked, and what connections existed betw... [Theology of Angels] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [cosmology] [Genesis 1] [Genesis 6] [Genesis 6-8] [Greg Boyd] [the flood] [the waters] [Yamm]

July 31, 9AM

In the flood of Genesis 6-8, did God really send water to kill every living thing on earth? We have been considering the issue of the violence of the flood for several posts now, and will continue to do so for several more. This post briefly introduces th... [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [Genesis 6-8] [God] [Nephilim] [Noah] [sin] [the flood] [When God Pled Guilty]

July 30, 9AM

When I first sat down to study and research the flood account through the lens of Jesus Christ, I initially thought that the key to this text was found in faulty English translations. We must admit that the vast majority of Bible translators hold a view o... [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [Genesis 6] [God] [Job 1] [sin] [the flood]

July 29, 9AM

Of all the violent texts in the Old Testament, the portrayal of the flood in Genesis 6–8 may be the most difficult text to understand. As I was struggling with the way the flood is presented in Scripture, I had frequent conversations with my wife about ... [Bible study] [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [Genesis 6] [Genesis 6-8] [rainbow] [scripture] [sin] [the flood] [When God Pled Guilty]

July 28, 12 PM

I am going to start posting on the flood account tomorrow for my book When God Pled Guilty.  This post is to provide fair warning…. I initially wanted to try to cover the flood in about 1000 words. 1 or 2 posts maximum. Then as I studied, my first... [When God Pled Guilty] [the flood] [When God Pled Guilty]

July 26, 9AM

There are numerous Christian clichés get people nodding their heads in agreement and saying “Amen!” in sermons, but when you stop to think about them, they are not only meaningless, but also border on heresy. OK, maybe heresy is too strong a... [discipleship] [christian cliche] [church] [God] [Hebrews 10] [James 2] [Sermons] [theology]

July 25, 9AM

I have never been fond of accountability groups. I have been a part of several over the course of my life as a pastor, church member, and seminary student. I always felt like there was something… manipulative about them. Accountability Groups I Have... [discipleship] [accountability group] [flesh] [Law] [love of God] [romans 8] [sin] [victory over sin]

July 24, 9AM

David Dunn recently wrote an incredibly insightful post about gay marriage and how many Christians are calling on the government to help us protect the “sanctity of marriage.” He says in his article that doing is basically making an idol of th... [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [gay marriage] [homosexuality] [idolatry] [sacraments] [sanctity of marriage]

July 23, 9AM

It has been about three weeks since I published a post on the book I am writing, When God Pled Guilty.  In case you are wondering, I haven’t forgotten about it! To the contrary, I have been working on it like mad! And even when I am not studying, ... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [flood] [Genesis] [jesus] [When God Pled Guilty]

July 22, 9AM

This is a guest post from Randall Burgess on how to understand Scripture in context. He uses the specific example of Matthew 6:25 where Jesus says “Do not worry.” Randall works as a consultant and writer in the field of anti-counterfeiting and... [discipleship] [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Bible study] [Context] [do not worry] [Guest Post] [jesus] [Matthew 6] [sermon on the mount]

July 19, 9AM

This post about church tribes is written by Sam Riviera, a frequent contributor to this blog. Yesterday’s post  introduced to the concept of church tribes. This post looks at the pros and cons of church tribes, and how to be part of Jesus’ ... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Theology of the Church] [church] [Sam Riviera] [tribal church] [tribalism]

July 18, 12 PM

This post is written by Sam Riviera, a frequent contributor to this blog. The adults of the village filed into the community meeting house and found their usual seating locations, which identified their rank within the tribe. Everyone was dressed in acco... [discipleship] [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Theology of the Church] [church] [church service] [Sam Riviera] [tribal church] [tribal urge] [tribalism]

July 17, 12 PM

I am sending out another free eBook soon, and don’t want you to miss out. (Also, read below for how to win a $25 Gift Card to Amazon.) My next free eBook is titled, Put Service Back into the Church Service. It is already available on Amazon.com. ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of the Church] [church] [church service] [email newsletter] [free ebooks] [giveaway] [put service back into the church service]

July 16, 9AM

I know the date that Jesus will return! I figured it out! The math was always there for people to see, but in these last days, God has seen fit to reveal the truth to me, His chosen prophet, of the exact day that Jesus will return! I am glad that He gave ... [blogging] [Theology of the End Times] [Daniel 12] [date setting] [end times] [humor] [laugh] [Prophecy] [return of Christ] [synchroblog]

July 15, 9AM

A reader recently asked me this question: “What if you incorrectly identify something as demonic?” While I will answer that question, I think the fear behind it is something related to the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The real question... [Theology of Sin] [Theology of the Holy Spirit] [blasphemy against the Holy Spirit] [Galatians 5:22-23] [Holy Spirit] [Matthew 12:31-32] [sin] [unforgivable sin]

July 13, 9AM

This post is written by Sam Riviera, a frequent contributor to this blog. You’re disgusting! Burn in hell! How would you like it if someone said that to you? You probably wouldn’t like it. Do we have the right to tell anyone that they should ... [discipleship] [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [burn in hell] [gay] [hate] [jesus] [lgbt] [prostitute] [sinners]

July 12, 11AM

In a previous post we considered the question, “Can a Christian be demon-possessed?” We said no. But if a non-Christian is demon possessed, what the the signs of demonic possession, and is a Christian able to make the determination that someon... [Theology of Angels] [1 John 4:1-3] [Christian] [demon possession] [Demons] [Holy Spirit] [Satan]

July 11, 4PM

A reader recently sent in the following question: Can a Christian be demon-possessed? And do Christians have the authority to say someone is demon-possessed? The Bible says to discern the spirits, but what if you’re wrong and say something is from t... [Theology of Angels] [Theology of the Holy Spirit] [1 John 4:4] [demon oppression] [demon possession] [evil spirits] [Holy Spirit] [Satan]

July 9, 9AM

It is sometimes taught in Christian circles that when we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, God will replay all of our sins and mistakes before the entire mass of other Christians who are there as well. I have heard the judgment seat of Christ desc... [Theology of Sin] [Theology of the End Times] [2 Corinthians 2:5] [denials of Peter] [forgiveness] [grace] [judgment seat of Christ] [mercy] [shame] [sin]

July 8, 9AM

This practical post on getting to know your neighbors is by Sam Riviera. Sam is a frequent contributor to this blog. See the bottom of this post for more articles in this series about getting to know your neighbors. In the previous posts in this series (... [discipleship] [friendship] [love] [neighbors] [parties]

July 6, 10AM

Have you ever been in a church where the pastor throws a hissy fit? It is not a pretty sight. I threw one once in the first church I pastored… I call it my “Dead Plant” sermon. But that’s a story for another day. Also, I don’... [Theology of the Church] [church] [head of church] [jesus] [Kingdom of God] [pastor] [Spiritual Abuse] [submission]

July 5, 10AM

I can already hear what the television pastors and radio preachers are going to say when the next big catastrophe hits America: This [fill in the blank] happened because of the Supreme Court decision about gay marriage…. Can’t you hear it? May... [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [Theology of the Church] [blame] [church] [gays] [homosexual] [judgment] [lgbt] [Natural Disasters]

July 4, 10AM

Hope you are enjoying some time with friends and family today as here in the United States we celebrate Independence Day! Rather than post something about Scripture or theology, I decided to give you a few laughs to help you enjoy your day. [blogging] [freedom] [humor] [independence] [laugh]

July 3, 10AM

This is a guest post from Glenn Hager. Glenn writes at GlennHager.com and sees himself as an advocate for those who on the fringes of society and those challenge the way things are done. You may also connect with Glenn on Facebook or Twitter. If you wo... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [be the church] [broken] [church] [nones] [organic church]

July 2, 10AM

This is a guest post from Jake Ainsworth. Jake is a worship leader and speaker in his church and writes at Christ is my Author. If you would like to write a Guest Post for the Till He Comes Blog, begin by reading the Guest Blogger Guidelines. Recently, I... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [Guest Post] [Isaiah 40:31] [peace]

July 1, 10AM

This is a guest post from Ken Myers. Ken is the founder of Longhorn Leads & has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead he trie... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [children] [parenting] [trust]

June 30, 10AM

For the last eight years, I have done most of my blog reading on Google Reader. But now Google is pulling the plug on Google Reader! Today is the last day of its existence. Tomorrow will be the end of Google Reader. In the words of my favorite Monty Pytho... [blogging] [blog reading] [ebooks] [email newsletter] [Feedly] [free] [free ebooks] [Google Reader]

June 29, 2PM

Whenever I teach classes on theology or Bible study methods, I always remind my students that there are 5 rules to understanding Scripture: Context. Context Context Context Context This list could easily be expanded to 10 rules or more. When studying th... [Books I'm Reading] [Bible study] [Context] [exegesis] [letters] [New Testament] [Paul] [theology]

June 28, 2PM

A few nights ago I was talking with my incredibly smart and beautiful wife about the violence of God in Scripture and how we can interpret both in light of Jesus Christ, and we realized that in some ways, Christianity has fallen into the same trap that J... [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty] [Christians] [jesus] [Jews] [Messiah] [return of Jesus] [second coming] [violence]

June 26, 10AM

Frequently, due to sin, rebellion, and the other factors, God simply withdraws His protective hand and allows sin, Satan, and chaos to have their way. Everything we have seen in the Chaos Theory leads up to this final point. God has incarnated Himself int... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty] [Chaos Theory] [death] [destruction] [God] [Satan] [sin]

9AM

In my recent series on trying to understand the violent passages of Scripture in the Old Testament in light of the self-sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, I have the nagging sense in the back of my brain that all our theories and ideas on this subject (an... [Theology - General] [Theology of God] [1 Cor 13:12] [human] [jesus] [knowing God] [new bodies] [theology]

June 25, 10AM

Another explanation for why bad things happen in this world is that Satan is seeking the destroy the things of God. Satan is Legalistic Satan knows that it is we whom God loves, that it is we whom God created this world for, and it is we with whom God see... [Theology of Angels] [When God Pled Guilty] [angels] [Demons] [humans] [Law] [legalistic] [Natural Disasters] [nature] [Satan]

June 24, 10AM

Frank Viola wrote a post recently about a new book about Bono, lead singer for U2. I have been a U2 fan for nearly 25 years, although the more recent albums have not really been my favorite…. but whatever. In the book, Bono had this to say about Jes... [discipleship] [Cross] [grace] [jesus] [Messiah] [religion] [theology]

June 23, 12 AM

A young college student from Grace University will be be given her degree this year, even though she earned it. Four years ago, Danielle Powell was accepted into Grace University in Omaha. Due to her academic excellence and position on the university voll... [discipleship] [Christ] [gay] [glbt] [grace] [homosexual] [jesus]

June 21, 9AM

A reader recently sent in the following question: I’m currently involved in a discussion and was asked this specific question:”Do you have an absolute certainty that when you die you will go to heaven?” What is your take, if you have the... [Theology - General] [Belief] [certainty] [doctrines] [theology] [theology questions]

June 20, 10AM

The death of Jesus on the cross is the pinnacle and apex of the incarnation. It is His most triumphal moment. Which of us would seek to take it from Him and say, “No, no! Jesus! You cannot die a criminal’s death! You are innocent! That is only for gui... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 19, 10AM

Forget for a moment that you live 2000 years after the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, and forget that you have the New Testament which tells you about who Jesus was and what He did. Imagine that you pick up an ancient history book and it tells you ab... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 18, 10AM

Another principle of understanding the violent sections of the Bible is to understand the incarnation of God. We typically think of the incarnation as something that happened only when Jesus Christ became human, that is, when He was born of a virgin, grew... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 17, 10AM

Christian unity is one of the highest Christian goals, which is why we are always encouraging one another to grow in unity. Toward that end, we have all heard (or said) things like this: “We need to all grow together in unity!” “We all m... [discipleship]

June 16, 8AM

Happy Father’s Day! I want to thank my own dad for being a great father to 10 kids (yes, there were ten of us!), and always being calm, cool, and (for the most part) collected. I always remember my friends saying to me, “Nothing fazes your dad... [discipleship]

June 14, 10AM

One common objection to the proposal I am making in my series on how to understand the violence of God in the Old Testament (see the link list below) is that this view seems to make God out to be a liar. The objection is this: If God inspired the biblical... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 13, 10AM

Did you hear what John Piper said online a few years back? Check out this quote: It’s right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases. God gives life and he takes life. Everybody who dies, dies because God wills that they die. That ... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

6AM

Frank Viola put up a post yesterday about a website that helps you find people. Here is what he wrote: Have you ever wanted to find an old friend from high school? You tried finding them on Facebook or those lame “high school reconnect” sites, and you... [blogging]

June 12, 10AM

Okay, okay, the title might be a little too strong. I do believe that Jesus is the righteous judge of the world and that we will all stand before Him to give an accounting, and that based on the judgment of Jesus, some will be eternally separated from God... [Theology of Jesus] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 11, 10AM

Nelson Mandela once said “Courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” This is a great insight. Although maybe John Wayne said it slightly better: ̶... [discipleship]

June 10, 10AM

This is a guest post by Vince Latorre. As a young boy, Vince always had an inquisitive nature. He immediately wanted the answers to questions such as “Is there a God?” “How did I get here?” “How was the world and universe created?” His search ... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog]

June 7, 10AM

I was thinking a bit more about the violence of God and the source of evil today (as these topics are consuming my thoughts recently), and I remembered a paper I wrote back in 1999 while at Denver Seminary for a class I had with Douglas Groothuis. It was ... [Theology of God] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 6, 10AM

As we seek to learn why bad things happen in this world, we are looking at several principles of a theological chaos theory. We are currently discussion the point that due to the fall of humanity, nature has spun out of control. In yesterday’s post ... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 5, 9AM

The second principle of the chaos theory is that while God originally created a beautiful and orderly universe that functioned in beautiful symmetry, once free agents used their freedom to rebel against God, many elements of God’s creation spun out of c... [Theology of Angels] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 4, 10AM

As we try to understand the theology behind the idea that on the cross, Jesus reveals to us what God was doing in the Old Testament, we are in a section where we recognize that there are no “pat answers” the problem of evil in the world, and t... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

June 3, 10AM

This practical post on getting to know your neighbors is by Sam Riviera. Sam is a frequent contributor to this blog. See the bottom of this post for more articles in this series about getting to know your neighbors. This post contains three more ways to ... [discipleship]

June 2, 12 PM

I recently started listening to the podcast of Greg Boyd. In case you don’t know who he is, Greg Boyd is a pastor of Woodlands Hills Church, theologian, scholar, and author of numerous books. If he is so smart, how come he has to steal my books and... [Theology of God] [When God Pled Guilty]

May 31, 2PM

Before we can look at specific Bible passages regarding the violence of God in Scripture, it is important to develop a framework which helps us understand what is going on within and behind these violent texts. I have six points of this framework, which I... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 28, 10AM

Though I have proposed a solution to the problem of divine violence in the Old Testament, this solution only helps explain a small number of the violent texts in the Bible. Understanding the rest of the violent texts requires further information about God... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 27, 10AM

This practical post on getting to know your neighbors is by Sam Riviera. Sam is a frequent contributor to this blog. See the bottom of this post for more articles in this series about getting to know your neighbors. The first step to building friendships... [mission]

May 26, 11AM

I like to post “lighter stuff” on Sundays. Here is a video I saw this past week about a cop in my neck of the woods… You have never seen a cop chase like this one! Can't see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Enjoy! [Laugh a Little!]

May 24, 9AM

This is a summary post from much of what I have been writing over the past two weeks or so about the violence of God in the Old Testament. The reason I am summarizing it is because I want to begin looking at some of the key biblical passages which are aff... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 22, 7AM

Have you ever heard someone say that God cannot be near sin? That sin cannot be in God’s presence? That the reason sinners are separated from God is because God is so holy and since we are sinners, we cannot be in the presence of God? Sin Cannot be ... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 21, 11AM

I have been saying in my posts on the violence of God that God inspired the biblical writers to say that He told them to do the violent things they did, even though He did not. The reason God did this was to take their sin upon Himself. Just as Jesus beca... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 20, 11AM

This practical post on getting to know your neighbors is by Sam Riviera. Sam is a frequent contributor to this blog. See the bottom of this post for more articles in this series about getting to know your neighbors. As I mentioned in the a previous post... [mission]

May 19, 9AM

I have a love/hate relationship with the Apostle Paul. On the one hand, I love the guy. He is probably the greatest missionary the world has ever seen, he wrote a large percentage of the Christian Scriptures, he was a champion of God’s grace and of ... [Books I'm Reading]

May 17, 12 PM

Today is my 15th Wedding Anniversary! I can confidently say that my life is NOT AT ALL where I thought it would be by the time Wendy and I had been married for fifteen years, but at the same time, our marriage is better than it has ever been, and in many ... [Marriage and Family]
In the previous posts on this topic (see the list at the bottom of this post), many people have raised several valid objections. In the next few posts, let me see if I can clarify my position, and also respond to a few of the objections. This post will tr... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 16, 3PM

In previous posts I have suggested that Jesus became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21), and since Jesus reveals the Father to us, it seems to follow that maybe this is what God was doing in the Old Testament in the violent sections. There are various ways this coul... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 15, 12 PM

This post continues my attempt to “think by writing” about the problem of a violent God in the Old Testament. Please know that I learn by writing, and by interacting with others (in conversations and on this blog) about these matters. So what ... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 14, 11AM

Do you know someone who is mourning a great pain or tragedy? Maybe they lost a parent, a spouse, or a child. Maybe they contracted a terminal illness. Maybe their house burned down or they lost their job. In such situations, Christians have the bad reputa... [blogging] [mission]

May 13, 11AM

My wife and I know most of the people in our neighborhood and in the two adjoining neighborhoods, a total of about three hundred homes. Several neighbors have told us that we know more neighbors than anyone else in the neighborhood, and asked us how that ... [mission]

May 12, 11AM

Make sure you thank your mother today for everything she has done for you throughout the years. All the meals she has cooked, the clothes she has washed, the floors she has cleaned… And thank her as well for having more knowledge and expertise about... [Laugh a Little!]

May 10, 8AM

2 Corinthians 5:21 may be the most horrifying verse in Scripture, for it reveals the fact that Jesus, who was holy, righteous, and perfectly sinless, became sin for us. God made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us. The Horror of the Cross Can you imagin... [When God Pled Guilty]

May 9, 11AM

I hit 1,000,000 pageviews yesterday! Yay! To celebrate, I am going to give away a few free books… read on to learn how you can win one. As you can see from the time frame above, it took me five years to get to 1,000,000. And really, this website is... [blogging]

May 8, 1PM

We have come a long way in trying to explain the violence of God in the Old Testament (See the list of posts at the bottom.) I am nearly ready to offer my proposal… But there is one more piece of the puzzle to lay on the table before we start puttin... [When God Pled Guilty]