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The Core: The Holy Spirit and the Church

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and...

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Tags: church, spirit, holy, ecclesiology, pneumatology

The Core: Humanity

Posted by Colby Kinser on

    We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued...

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Tags: theology, humanity

Our Dementia

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Many of us are, or have in our lifetimes, been dealing with loved ones who suffer from dementia. Because our present bodies are doomed to lose their capacity to renew themselves, the brain loses its capacity to convey internal messages as effectively as it once did, and for many this decay is...

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Tags: remember

Love Risk

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A man and a woman meet at a church function, and soon catch each other's eye. They've seen each other at different events a few times, but have never spoken to each other. But they'd like to. For each, the other seems faithful to the Lord, kind, bright, and interesting. But there will be no...

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Tags: love, trust, risk

Premillennial? Glorious?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Just over 10 years ago, our denomination (the Evangelical Free Church of America) clarified their doctrinal statement to more accurately and succinctly articulate our core doctrines. The EFCA way is to keep our statement minimal - only those statements that are core to Christianity being...

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Tags: efca, end times, eschatology, millennial, theology

We are Created!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I’m writing this week’s article from Chicago at the annual EFCA Theology Conference held at Trinity International University (affiliated with the EFCA). This year’s theme is the doctrine of Creation, but with a focus that is perhaps unexpected. Rather than various speakers...

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Middle Knowledge

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There's a fascinating theory that involves the omniscience of God (that God is all-knowing) that I repeatedly find helpful. It comes up in conversation here and there, and so I want to give it a very brief treatment here. However, you can read something much more complete and academic about...

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Tags: knowledge, middle, omniscience, philosophy, proper, theology

The I-Word

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Perhaps I should have said a whole lot less or a whole lot more. In last week's message, while describing God's will as "less Checklist and more EKG," I described how God's will for our lives is expressed more by His heart for matters than by a simple 1-2-3 checklist of things to do. To...

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Tags: heart, immigrant, kingdom, preaching, will

Fearing the Lord

Posted by Colby Kinser on

"Fear the Lord!" In both the Old Testament and the New, we are not only told to fear the Lord, but that it's one of the most important things we can ever do as human beings. It's mentioned at least 8 times in Deuteronomy alone. We know that those without the grace of Christ should be afraid of...

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Tags: fear

Moral Outrage and Compassion

Posted by Colby Kinser on

One of the objections people have to God existing as described in the Bible is the suffering of the innocent through man's violence or natural disaster. If God is good, why does He allow these things to happen? Is He not strong enough? Is He not good enough? Let's skip for a second the argument...

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Tags: apologetics, compassion, doctrine, innocent, moral, outrage, suffering, theodicy

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