The Case for Christ: Book Summary & Reviews, by Lee Strobel

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The Case for Christ: Book Summary & Reviews The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel examines the historical evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The book begins with Strobel's personal journey from atheism to Christianity, sparked by his wife's conversion. As an investigative journalist, he uses his skills to examine [...]

Common Christological Heresies

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Introduction At the center of Mark, Jesus posed this climatic question to Peter: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). This is a question for every generation -- maybe for every believer and nonbeliever. Unlike Peter, however, believers and nonbelievers today can say, without much thought or urgency, time-honored answers: [...]

Will There Actually be a Global Rapture Event? Viewpoints Explained

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Summary: Some early theologians, like Origen, saw the rapture as a purely spiritual event Rufinus viewed biblical references to a rapture as a statement about the nature of the afterlife Other early theologians, like Augustine and Chrysostom, did associate a physical rapture event with the Final Judgement Many modern depictions of the rapture [...]

What is Vocation, and How Do I Find Out What Mine is? Four Theologians’ Perspectives on Career and Vocation

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SUMMARY The question of vocation--what it is, and how we should pursue it--crops up all the time in the Christian life. Though countless theologians have studied it, there are four whose perspectives are particularly helpful: Martin Luther, Karl Barth, Simone Weil, and Andrew Davison. These four thinkers, presented in chronological order, can help [...]

Why is God “He”? Views on Gender and God

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How should we use gender to talk about God? Summary: Three main approaches to using gender to talk about God: progressive/feminist, gender neutral, traditional masculine approach. Progressive/feminist argues that we need to expand our vocabulary beyond the Bible’s male-centered language of God the Father and God our Lord. Gender-neutral argues that we do [...]

Suicide and the Church: Sick Unto Death

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Summary How have Christians thought about suicide over the centuries? We explore: Personal story A common misinterpretation Biblical foundations for suicide discussions What past theologians have to say on suicide Closing personal remarks Introduction I had a time, and a plan. Things had gone as bad as they could, for about as long [...]

Solving the Body-Soul Problem

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For a lot of my friends and family members, time has passed slowly over the last few weeks. So many people that I love are plastered with a somber, quiet stillness. Earlier this month, a car full of college students—who many people in my community knew through Young Life ministries—were traveling to [...]

Contemporary Theological Voices, Pt. 2 – Gustavo Gutiérrez (and his critics)

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We are writing a mini-series to give high level overviews of some contemporary theologians, providing arguments for and against their positions. Part 2 discusses Gustavo Gutiérrez, an 89 year old Peruvian man. How do you say to the poor that God loves you? Liberation Theology offers an answer. A Summary and Explanation of [...]

What are the Essentials of Christianity?

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Are Catholics Christian? What about the Eastern Orthodox? And the Protestants? These are the three major sects of Christianity, but they are certainly not the only ones. What are the defining beliefs that separate “Christian” from “non-Christian?” Since the 4th century, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed has been the litmus test for Christian belief. The [...]

Xmas or Christmas?

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Have you heard Christians express their frustration with society for abbreviating “Christmas” as “Xmas”? Sweatshirt by spreadshirt Or seen people on Facebook saying “Put Christ back in Christmas”? There are some who worry that replacing “Christmas” with “Xmas” will further remove the centrality of Jesus Christ from Christmas. However, the [...]

Why We Started Theology Impact

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Welcome to Theology Impact! We exist to help people learn how Christian leaders from centuries ago answer today’s spiritual questions. Quick Overview: People ask tough spiritual questions. Often, the answers they get are from friends or pastors sharing their own current beliefs. But here’s the thing: they weren’t the first person to think [...]