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The Heart Of It All (Part 7): Salvation By Trust & Our Faith Response

The Heart Of It All (Part 7): Salvation By Trust & Our Faith Response

Christian claim #7: “We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.” I have long appreciated this fascinating quote from Reinhold Niebuhr: Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must…

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Healthy Theology 10: Loving Well

Healthy Theology 10: Loving Well

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other” (John 13:35 MSG). In 1968, Peter Scholtes was serving as a priest for St. Brendan’s, on the southside of…

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Healthy Theology 9: Disagreeing Well

Healthy Theology 9: Disagreeing Well

In 1555, at the end of Broad street just outside the gates of Balliol College, Oxford, three leaders in the Church of England were burned at the stake. 300 years later, the city of Oxford offered a rather public apology when they constructed a monument “in grateful commemoration” of the three martyrs for “bearing witness to the sacred truths which…

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Healthy Theology 8: Living Well

Healthy Theology 8: Living Well

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is…

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Healthy Theology 7: Thinking Well

Healthy Theology 7: Thinking Well

“Two things can save the world, thought and prayer; but the trouble is the people who think don’t pray, and the people who pray don’t think.” – Bruce Marshall, Satan and Cardinal Campbell “ARE THERE NO SINS OF INTELLECT?” Some people are naturally curious–always skeptical, inquisitive, and probing. Others seem not so burdened. There is nothing inherently virtuous or vicious…

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