Why We Keep Singing Together: Examining Our Approach

2022-07-11T09:56:01-06:00

By Michael Mancha Growing up in the current American Christian landscape, there are so many things that become staples of church and faith. They are so ingrained into the fabric of one’s faith that they are often inseparable from what is truly faith and what is a religious tradition. Singing corporately can become such a tradition that it tears away from its meaning and its tie to faith. This is the crossroads where we find ourselves. How do we navigate a universal function of the corporate body that our culture is slowly viewing with lessening fervor? Is singing in a church [...]

Why We Keep Singing Together: Examining Our Approach2022-07-11T09:56:01-06:00

Baptism Debates: Worthwhile Questions to Consider — Part 2

2022-07-11T09:46:03-06:00

By Israel Steinmetz Water baptism has been consistently practiced by the Church throughout the entire history of the Christian faith. It is practiced by the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians—whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox. However, the method, subject, formulas, agent, effect and meaning of baptism have been issues of debate throughout Christian history, particularly since the time of the Protestant Reformation. If one seeks to understand or explain what baptism means they find themselves perplexed by a host of other questions that influence—to varying degrees—their answer to the question. In this two-part series we will explore six primary [...]

Baptism Debates: Worthwhile Questions to Consider — Part 22022-07-11T09:46:03-06:00

Baptism Debates: Worthwhile Questions to Consider — Part 1

2022-07-11T09:43:44-06:00

By Israel Steinmetz Water baptism has been consistently practiced by the Church throughout the entire history of the Christian faith. It is practiced by the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians—whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox. However, the method, subject, formulas, agent, effect and meaning of baptism have been issues of debate throughout Christian history, particularly since the time of the Protestant Reformation. 1 Who may be baptized? Believers only, or infants as well? Who may baptize? Clergy or laity? What does baptism effect, that is, is it salvific or symbolic? Should the one being baptized have water sprinkled [...]

Baptism Debates: Worthwhile Questions to Consider — Part 12022-07-11T09:43:44-06:00

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration-Part 3

2022-07-12T12:37:14-06:00

By Israel Steinmetz The Christian orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation makes a rather stunning and unique claim. This doctrine states that the eternal Son of God became a human being, maintaining a divine nature and a human nature within one Person. He lived a physical life, died a physical death, and was resurrected. Such a claim stands out from all other religious claims. This series we have set out to thoroughly examine the doctrine of Incarnation. In part one we addressed the doctrine’s biblical basis. Part two chronicled its historic development including related heresies and controversies. Now we will explore its current standing among evangelicals. [...]

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration-Part 32022-07-12T12:37:14-06:00

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration-Part 2

2022-07-12T12:39:42-06:00

By Israel Steinmetz The Christian orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation makes a rather stunning and unique claim. This doctrine states that the eternal Son of God became a human being, maintaining a divine nature and a human nature within one Person. He lived a physical life, died a physical death, and was resurrected. Such a claim stands out from all other religious claims. This three part series thoroughly examines the doctrine of Incarnation. In part one we investigated the doctrine’s biblical basis. Now we will chronicle its historic development including related heresies and controversies. GROWTH OF THE DOCTRINE FROM AD 30 – 451: [...]

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration-Part 22022-07-12T12:39:42-06:00

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration-Part 1

2022-07-12T12:39:26-06:00

By Israel Steinmetz The Christian orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation makes a rather stunning and unique claim. This doctrine states that the eternal Son of God became a human being, maintaining a divine nature and a human nature within one Person. He lived a physical life, died a physical death, and was resurrected. Such a claim stands out from all other religious claims. Through nearly two thousand years of Church history much ink has been spilled over the doctrine of the Incarnation. Building on the foundation of references in the Gospels and the epistles, the early church debated for nearly five [...]

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration-Part 12022-07-12T12:39:26-06:00

Everyone’s A Theologian

2022-06-27T10:01:12-06:00

By Whaid Rose Theology is simply thinking thoughts about God, which makes all of us theologians. So invest in yourself theologically by taking Artios’ THE 201: Christian Theology. Time’s running out; register right away!  “Everyone’s a leader” is a well-placed mantra within the Artios Christian College community. Because “leadership is influence” and all of us influence someone some way, everyone’s a leader. So let me be bold to suggest another line that deserves mantra status at Artios College: “Everyone’s a theologian!” The exclamation point seems necessary since many find the word “theology” intimidating. This is driven by the misconception that theology is the business of [...]

Everyone’s A Theologian2022-06-27T10:01:12-06:00

Why You Should Care About Theology

2022-07-12T12:38:39-06:00

By Amber Mann Riggs For years, the word “theology” made my spiritual stomach churn. It was like putting the Bible on a lab table to be dissected like a dead, formaldehyde soaked frog, its cells being torn apart until they no longer resembled the organs and ligaments that had once made the frog bound with life. Then I transferred to a Christian university. And what was the very first course on my schedule? None other than Introduction to Theology. My bias against theology shattered like the clay pots covering the torches of Gideon’s army. Suddenly, everything became brighter. Theology – “the study of God” – is far from lifeless. [...]

Why You Should Care About Theology2022-07-12T12:38:39-06:00

Who Cares About Theology?

2022-07-12T12:37:53-06:00

By Loren Gjesdal How has doctrine ever helped anyone? Haven’t theological disputes been at the heart of many church splits and even bloodshed over the centuries? Can’t we just agree to disagree, and all get along? Isn’t Jesus all that really matters? Maybe you have heard someone ask questions like this, or maybe you wonder yourself just what benefit there is to doctrinal statements of faith, creeds, and systematic theologies.  Personally, I enjoy delving into esoteric discussions of Bible prophecy, end time events and doctrinal distinctives. But I have also thought of them as matters of personal curiosity without much relevance [...]

Who Cares About Theology?2022-07-12T12:37:53-06:00

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