Category Archives: Theology

Jack Cottrell: In A League of His Own

With the retirement of Professor Jack Cottrell in the Spring of 2016, students will no longer be privileged to sit under one of the best theologians of our time. But Cottrell’s teaching will continue for generations. There are some theologians in life … Continue reading

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Reflecting on “Restoration”: Barton W. Stone

I have been a part of the Restoration Movement (RM, hereafter) for most of my life. As far back as I can remember, my family attended a Christian Church or Church of Christ. Although I never attended many (if any) … Continue reading

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Why Christians Ought to Embrace “Science” and Give Up “Faith”

It is common to hear that science and faith are opposed to one another: science is about finding “facts” and giving “proof,” while faith is about “believing” without evidence. It is like having a brick wall that separates the two … Continue reading

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Starving the Sheep: A Book Review of “Franchising McChurch”

It was not long after arriving at my new home in Arizona that the church advertisements began flooding our mailbox. One piece, professionally done, had six of their “promises” to their new customers prominently displayed: “Exciting Kids’ Programs,” “Incredible Music,” “Inspirational … Continue reading

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Is Apologetics Really Needed? Answering Objections to Apologetics

Apologetics, the study and practice of defending the Christian faith, has always been a part of the historical church. In fact, it dates back to the New Testament when the Apostle Paul entered the Greek city of Athens and debated … Continue reading

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Preachers, Stealing is Still Wrong

In his little book Should We Use Someone Else’s Sermon? Preaching in a Cut-and-Paste World, Scott Gibson discusses the out-of-control problem of preachers plagiarizing their sermons.[1] One minister, W. Banwell “Barney” Heyward Jr., lost his job after admitting to plagiarizing … Continue reading

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The Case For “Occasional” Women Preachers: A Response to Ozark Christian College

(This article was co-authored with Dr. Jack Cottrell, Professor of Theology at Cincinnati Christian University.) In the March 2014 issue of Christian Standard, Matt Proctor, the president of Ozark Christian College, presented OCC’s attempt to set forth a Biblical case … Continue reading

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The Atonement: Some Final Thoughts with a Budding Theologian

Budding Theologian: I worry that, of all the analogies throughout the Bible, we overemphasize the “sacrifice as payment for sins” idea at the expense of the others. In chapter 6 of The Cross of Christ, John Stott even says the sacrificial … Continue reading

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What About Depravity? A Continuing Dialogue on Atonement

(Note: This is the second installment of an on-going dialogue about the Atonement. See the previous post for the first installment.) Budding Theologian: Thanks for the response. I was glad to see you recommend John Stott’s The Cross of Christ. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Atonement: A Dialogue With a Budding Theologian

(Note: the following is a dialogue that occurred between a budding theologian and me. I hope you enjoy the unique format here in this post. This dialogue will continue in at least two future posts. Enjoy!) Budding Theologian:  I read … Continue reading

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