God loves us—despite our utterly miserable, unworthy, and unlovable state—and wants a relationship with us. And so, being the good, wise, and creative God He is, He worked out the most tremendous act of heroism to save us and reconcile us to Himself.
The first step to discerning sound theology is being with God. You cannot truly know Him by reading what others have to say about Him. The result would be as if you studied a foreign culture instead of visiting it. You might know lots of facts about the culture, but until you have lived in it and experienced it, you do not truly know it.
Perspicuity (PER-spi-ku-i-tee) simply means that something is free from obscurity and easy to understand; it is the comprehensibility of clear expression. To say the Bible is perspicuous is to say that its truths are clear, accessible, and available.
The intensity of the storm we are in has challenged every bit of my theology. I find myself needing a remedial class in things I felt certain I understood. And this is why I write...