Category Theology


Growing up in New York City, it was the usual practice for people to refer to themselves as “Irish,” “Jewish,” or “Italian.” Not “Irish-American,” but simply “Irish.” The same for all other ethnic groups in the so-called melting pot that was New York in the middle of the last century. We also lived in segregated […]

sola fide

Sola fide, faith alone, is one of the bedrocks of the Reformation. We Protestants think we are different from our Catholic brethren in this, as we make the artificial distinction between “Us” and “Them.” “Us” being theologically sound Christians who know that we are saved not by any work, not by any effort on our […]

“there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”

Jesus himself reminds us that he did not came to save everyone, regardless their behavior or character. Yes, he did come for all humanity; there was never any question (or should not have been) that it made no difference to God in human form what your race was, your ethnicity, or any other attribute. Paul […]

“The seal of God is Truth”

This Aish HaTorah (“Fire of The Torah”) analysis for the coming Sabbath’s Torah portion is worth repeating for us Christians. It reminds us why we, Jews and Christians, are forbidden to worship idols. Yes, sports fans: those pesky commandments in Exodus still apply: The commentators give another reason for the Biblical disdain of idolatry: It […]

“and people loved the darkness”

Light, and dark. Good, and evil. Perhaps the oldest lesson of Christianity, that Jesus Christ is our light. The light at the end of that proverbial tunnel, the light of goodness, the light of salvation in the person of Jesus Christ. Perhaps there is a heresy lurking in the concept of light versus darkness, the […]

The challenge of relativism

A fine article by Edward T. Oakes over at First Things relays some truths from Blaise Pascal: [The Christian religion] teaches men both these truths: that there is a God of whom we are capable, and that a corruption in our nature makes us unworthy of Him. It is equally important for us to know […]

Got wealth?

God wants you to be wealthy. Didn’t you know that? Clearly you’ve not been watching Joel Osteen, or any of the other “prosperity gospel” preachers. Just send us your check, and God will repay you, brothers and sisters. God really, really, wants you to have that new BMW you’ve been lusting after… Perhaps. Let’s just […]


Theodicy isn’t one of my favorite words. For starters, it’s one of those seminary words that just doesn’t come up in every day usage. I can’t recall having heard it more than once or twice per decade in church. Yeah, I know, I go to a dumbed-down church…but I started Catholic, went for a while […]


Tim Challies has some necessary reading up for us. The subject is hell, and the unpopularity of the literature that deals with the subject. Some extracts, food for thought. And, if you’ve something more important than how you might be spending eternity, feel free to just click through… First, from the British preacher, John Blanchard: […]

Feast of Death

This past Wednesday was the Feast of the Assumption. So, in a heavily Roman Catholic country such as Peru, it was perhaps inevitable that many people would be at the celebratory Mass. The Feast of the Assumption, is, after all, a Holy Day of Obligation. Sadly, this past Wednesday, August 15, was the day a […]