Category Archives: Hamartiology

Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

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Why do theologians pass over Cain?

When considering the effects of Adam’s sin on humanity, it seems reasonable to look closely at the children of Adam. Yet, for all that has been written about the fall, very little is focused on Cain and Abel. Check the major … Continue reading

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A closer look at the effects of Adam’s sin

There has been a good bit of recent focus on the historical personhood of Adam. Interestingly, after Genesis 5, the Old Testament does not mention Adam. He doesn’t reappear in Scripture until the genealogy of Jesus. There is a kind of … Continue reading

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The dignity and worth of human beings

Viktor Frankl endured three years of anguish in the Auschwitz concentration camp. After his rescue, he became a professor of Psychiatry and Neurology in the University of Vienna. Frankl recounted his horrific experiences and some lessons to be learned in his book, … Continue reading

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Unlocking the enigma of our existence

There are surprisingly few places to turn for thoughtful answers to the deeper questions about suffering, life and death. Continue reading

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A worker who does not need to be ashamed

Distinctions matter and too often preachers and teachers don’t respect the careful distinctions that need to be made.  This kind of disregard is profoundly significant when it involves misrepresentations of the heart and ways of God. The divine rebuke spoken twice … Continue reading

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If God is both all-loving and all-powerful, why doesn’t he use his power to stop suffering and injustice?

The late Chuck Colson suggested that, “No question poses a more formidable stumbling block to the Christian faith than this, and no question is more difficult for Christians to answer. Yet the biblical worldview does have an answer, and it accounts for universal … Continue reading

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The history of evil

The ambition of an angel led to the suspicion of Eden (that the best life is outside of the will of God not within it). This led to the delusion of self-rule (which only resulted in bondage to sin and death). The cycle continues — ambition, suspicion, delusion, death.

Creation took its first turn toward disaster when the ambition of angles incited a revolt against the Creator. It was a delusional and arrogant bid for autonomy.

How irrational for a created being to think of autonomy as a possibility! The only real option for created beings is dependence. It’s a delusional and dangerous fantasy for creatures to make a bid for self-rule and self-determination. Continue reading

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The bad news we need to hear

The solution will not help the person who doesn’t understand the problem. This couldn’t be more true than in relation to the gospel. If the bad news behind the good news of the gospel isn’t clearly understood; the gospel will … Continue reading

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Total Depravity?

Caution is needed about articulating a doctrine of human depravity from the wrong starting point. Can a misguided understanding of this important truth lead to over-renunciation? Continue reading

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