Book Review: The Institutes of Christian Religion (John Calvin)

In The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 16th century theologian John Calvin presented the systematic explanation of his reformation theology. In this modern edition, editors Tony Lane and Hilary Osborne seek to re-present Calvin’s Institutes in an easy-to-access book for non-specialist readers (Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, 1995.). In redacting portions of Calvin’s extensive work,Continue reading “Book Review: The Institutes of Christian Religion (John Calvin)”

Archive: Church Visits

Below are links to the various churches we have visited as part of our Church Search. Evangelical Lutheran Church in American United Methodist Church Moravian Church Southern Baptist Convention Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Presbyterian Church in America Progressive Baptist Assemblies of God Episcopal Church Church Online United Church of Christ Church of God Roman CatholicContinue reading “Archive: Church Visits”

Archive: Searching and Blogging Our Church Search

How Do We Do This Church Search Thing? The question we have been asked the most up until this point is how exactly we are going to undertake our Church Search. This is a very good question. As previously noted, since we are beginning our search with very broad parameters, we are expect to attendContinue reading “Archive: Searching and Blogging Our Church Search”

Archive: Denominations and Topics

Denominations We Are Visiting Obviously the candidates that we are considering for this Church Search will go a long way in determining where we eventually end up. While we are fairly certain of the general area that we will end up, in attempt to learn about and experience the great diversity of the People ofContinue reading “Archive: Denominations and Topics”

Archive: Starting Our Church Search

Many have described life as a journey, a story, or an unfolding narrative. Within the life of the average American, there are a number of noteworthy events that occur, many of which our culture celebrates: graduations, a new job, getting engaged and married, having your first child. But there are other events that shape ourContinue reading “Archive: Starting Our Church Search”

Five Things Everyone Should Know About the New Testament Canon

Most Christians, and I would dare say most Americans, know some basic things about the Christian New Testament. But many people don’t know (or don’t want to know) how the New Testament came into being. Some people seem to think that Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation fell from the sky in a nicely leather boundContinue reading “Five Things Everyone Should Know About the New Testament Canon”

Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Bible

The Christian Bible remains the most influential written work of Western Civilization, influencing language, government, economics, social groups, institutions, and culture. While many people own a Bible and some even read it on occasion, there are some things that you should know about the Bible that you might not have heard before. (1) The writingsContinue reading “Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Bible”

C. S. Lewis, Myth, and Fact

Most people do not like being told that they are wrong. This is especially true when it comes to politics or religious faith. Interestingly, a number of pundits and scholars have taken to calling religious faith “myth” in recent years, especially religious faith that for many adherents hinges upon certain events that claim to beContinue reading “C. S. Lewis, Myth, and Fact”

On Launching a New Blog

This week marks two momentous occasions: first, the completion of my Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University. And second, the launching of this new blog, Pursuing Veritas. Pursuing Veritas is a blog dedicated to reflecting upon theological, historical, and cultural topics from the perspective of a follower of Jesus Christ who lives inContinue reading “On Launching a New Blog”

Bible Translations, Not Inspired

Occasionally I will run into someone who holds and unusually “high” view of a certain translation of the Bible. The most notable (or notorious, depending on your position) are those people who subscribe to the “King James Only” position. But there are also people I have met who argue for the supremacy of the RevisedContinue reading “Bible Translations, Not Inspired”