The Sanctity of Human Life

Made In His Likeness

The text is clear: God planned to make all mankind in His image, and then He carried out His plan by creating man and woman. We know that “man” in Genesis 1:26 refers to mankind collectively by God’s use of the plural “they”, as those who will rule over the created world. Then in Genesis 1:27, God narrows in and creates one singular man and woman. He intends to create all of mankind in the image of God, and He begins His image-bearing creation with a man and woman—both made in God’s likeness.

A Theology of Man

How Depravity Reveals Our Dependence

We don’t have to look far to see that humans want their own way. A toddler doesn’t need to be taught to throw a tantrum in the grocery store—his natural tendency is to selfishly want what he wants. It’s in our sinful nature to desire our own way. We can learn the truth about our… Continue reading How Depravity Reveals Our Dependence

Why We're Writing Series

Why We’re Still Writing: An Anniversary Reflection on the Last Year

Anniversaries are often cause for significant reflection. Anniversaries remind us of sad moments, joyful moments, moments we’d like to forget, and moments we love to remember. Anniversaries call to mind triumph and tragedy and everything in between. And today, Thinking & Theology has a significant anniversary. This may be no big deal to you. It… Continue reading Why We’re Still Writing: An Anniversary Reflection on the Last Year

Roles Within the Church

Women, There’s Purpose in Your Roles

“Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you.” Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite childhood mantras. I recall many days on the playground yelling this at boys I chased at recess. Chants like these flooded my head and heart so much that I started… Continue reading Women, There’s Purpose in Your Roles

Roles Within the Church

Lay Member, Your Church Needs You

Diaper explosions, burnt breakfasts, and flooded bathrooms are the kinds of things that seem to happen on Sunday mornings. It’s often difficult enough to get ourselves to church that we rarely even think about why we are going. We become distracted thinking about where we are going to sit, looking for friends, making small talk,… Continue reading Lay Member, Your Church Needs You

Roles Within the Church

The Role, Requirements, and Reward of a Deacon

At the end of 2017, our church’s deacon body transitioned into a new way of doing diaconal ministry. Instead of all the deacons trying to juggle multiple different responsibilities, each individual deacon assumed a specific ministerial task that he was both eager and able to do. In short, our deacons went from being generalists to… Continue reading The Role, Requirements, and Reward of a Deacon