O Glory! I Feel the Fire! The Fire Baptized Holiness Church Part 1

“Trouble Coming for Oswego. The ‘Fire Baptized Holiness association’ has been organized at Oswego.” Thus read the advertisement in the Kansas newspaper, the Baxter Springs News, in 1904. It was not without warrant either. This strange organization was spreading like wildfire in the South and Midwestern states. It was known for one thing: craziness. FiveContinue reading “O Glory! I Feel the Fire! The Fire Baptized Holiness Church Part 1”

The Atheistic Origins of Polytheism Part 4

A Modern Use of Eusebius’s Argument While the church today does not battle classical paganism, Eusebius’s argument still holds much value for the church. It touches on the matter of the origins of religion. In this discussion, there are two basic philosophies. On the one hand, according to atheistic evolutionary thought, primitive people believed in some sort of animism and an afterlife, then they moved toshamanism,Continue reading “The Atheistic Origins of Polytheism Part 4”

The Atheistic Origins of Polytheism Part 2

Eusebius’s Argument: That Polytheism is Atheism The Theory of Origins Eusebius argues polytheists explain the origin of the universe as pure chance, and not by creation of God or gods. And since they believe that chance is the creator of all things, then they are atheists in their beliefs about origins. This conclusion points to them as the true atheists. He supportsContinue reading “The Atheistic Origins of Polytheism Part 2”

The Atheistic Origins of Polytheism Part 1

Eusebius grew up in a world full of controversy and upheaval. During his life time, he faced the last and greatest of the Roman persecutions under Diocletian. Then he rejoiced at the sudden victory and Christianization of Constantine. And through all these things, throughout his life, he maintained a strong zeal for the Gospel. He was born around AD 260,Continue reading “The Atheistic Origins of Polytheism Part 1”

Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe

Over spring break, I also read Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe. In this book, he relates his personal journey from atheism to his version of Christianity. Earlier in his life, he had no use for religion. During these years he wrote his novels and other famous works. But then, finding something lacking in himself, heContinue reading “Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe”

Finding Motivation for Ministry

Consider with me 2 Corinthians 3:18: And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. This verse is usually interpreted to mean that we are all in aContinue reading “Finding Motivation for Ministry”

Notes on the Kingdom of God in the Old Testament

Here are my notes on the Kingdom of God in the Old Testament. Some are manuscripts others are just outlines. I hope that you’ll enjoy 🙂 lesson-2b-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-3b-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-5-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-6b-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-7b-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-8-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-3a-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-2a-teacher-outline-2.docx lesson-4-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-6a-teacher-outline-2.docx lesson-7a-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-7c-teacher-outline-1.docx lesson-1-teacher-outline-1.docx

Above and Below: The Source of the Disagreement Between Covenant and Dispensational Theology

There has been no small feud between Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology. Theologians have argued constantly over which theology is better, using the tools of exegesis and logic, as well as red herrings, straw men, and bandwagons. And Each side presents a highly logical case and can defend it well. But why do they disagree?Continue reading “Above and Below: The Source of the Disagreement Between Covenant and Dispensational Theology”

Tongues and Spirit Baptism

At the beginning of the church, the Spirit came down with tongues of fire and a mighty wind. Those who were there spoke in tongues and prophesied. They performed miracles and healings. Greatest of all, thousands were saved. But soon after the apostolic era, the church records that these gifts from the Spirit had ceased.Continue reading “Tongues and Spirit Baptism”

A Psalm About Angels?

Every once in a while, the Old Testament mentions a group of beings called “the sons of God.” This elusive group of beings are mentioned in Genesis 6 in connection with the preflood world. In Job 1-2, the sons of God are again mention, clearly referencing angels–Satan being among them. Here, they present themselves beforeContinue reading “A Psalm About Angels?”