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Satan, Adam, and Sin

May 1, 2008

Theology_Matters Satan, Adam, and Sin Adam might be considered the original “bad boy” in the Bible; after all, he succumbed to temptation and sinned. But he was not the originator of sin—the first creature to sin was Satan. Satan’s creation is not described in Scripture, but Jesus said that He saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven (Luke...

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  • Practical Theology May 1, 2008

Attributes of God: Sovereignty

February 1, 2004

Theology_Matters Attributes of God: Sovereignty Shortly after terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Chicago Sun-Times asked leaders from a variety of religious traditions to answer this question: “Why didn’t God intervene?” Some said that the reason was because God couldn’t intervene. Others made...

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  • Practical Theology February 1, 2004

God in the Shadows

February 1, 2020

Other God in the Shadows "Sovereignty is the power and authority by which God bends all things toward His good purpose." One of the unique characteristics of the book of Esther is the absence of any mention of God. In Esther’s story, God’s involvement is implicit rather than explicit. For example, when Esther asks the Jews to fast, we can...

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  • Practical Theology February 1, 2020

Jesus in the Old Testament

December 1, 2016

Theology_Matters Jesus in the Old Testament Throughout the centuries, some have claimed that Jesus is entirely absent from the Old Testament. But Jesus Himself criticized the religious leaders of His day for failing to pay heed to the testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures about Him: “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that...

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  • Practical Theology December 1, 2016

Male, Female, and the Image of God

March 1, 2017

Theology_Matters Male, Female, and the Image of God When God created humanity to reflect His image, He made them male and female (Gen. 1:27). This implies something important about human nature. The polarity of male and female is essential to our role as bearers of the divine image. This is one reason God designed marriage to be between...

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  • Practical Theology March 1, 2017

The Son of David, Son of Abraham

July 1, 2017

Theology_Matters The Son of David, Son of Abraham Matthew opens his Gospel by calling Jesus “the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matt. 1:1). This is a statement about Jesus’ human lineage. This genealogy links Jesus to two of the foundational promises of the Old Testament: first, God’s promise to bless all the nations of the earth through...

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  • Practical Theology July 1, 2017

The Fruit of Two Trees

January 1, 2019

Theology_Matters The Fruit of Two Trees The Bible traces sin’s entrance into human experience to the fruit of a forbidden tree. Adam was warned, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Gen. 2:16-17). In a way,...

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  • Practical Theology January 1, 2019

The Christmas Story

December 1, 2020

The Bible’s account of the nativity is a story like no other. And while it is a story, it is not fiction.

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The Church: The Marks of the Church

May 1, 2005

Theology_Matters The Church: The Marks of the Church Church buildings can be as varied as their locations. One congregation worships in a stone cathedral with towers that pierce the sky. Another group meets in a plain storefront and sits on plastic folding chairs. But what of the church itself? What can we expect the body of Christ to look...

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  • Practical Theology May 1, 2005

One God, One Nature, One Person? The heresy of Monarchianism

May 1, 2006

Theology_Matters One God, One Nature, One Person? One God, One Nature, One Person? The heresy of Monarchianism If you’ve ever heard someone pray and thank the Father for dying on the cross, you’ve heard the heresy of Monarchianism expressed, though probably unknowingly and unintentionally. Like many heresies, Monarchianism stems from a...

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