The Love of God: A Canonical Model

The Love of God: A Canonical Model

The opening chapter of Peckham’s 2015 IVP Reader’s Choice Award-winning book introduces two major and conflicting models of Divine love: the transcendent-voluntarist model–an inheritance of classical theism, and the immanent-experientialist model–representing process theism. In classical theism, God is characterized as “self-sufficient, perfect, si

You Are of Infinite Worth

You Are of Infinite Worth

  “How can I say no?” my mom asked, “You wouldn’t love me anymore.”   My mother and I had recently experienced a small but significant breakthrough in our relationship after 11 years of dissent and contempt.   Throughout my entire childhood, I had always been on Mom’s team. Dad was seen as the enemy. Although Mom first recruited me t

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

The Worldwide Church? The world is becoming increasingly smaller in some ways (i. e. technology- media, information access, social accessibility) and larger in others (information overload, social isolation, cultural heterogeneity).[1] In varied ways, this can create blessings for a global community of faith as well as impediments to true koinonia

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

The famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven once said: “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.” Perhaps many, especially musicians, know this famous quote by one of the most illustrious composers of all time. However, over 200 years earlier, Martin Luther, a fellow German, a

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, she told Him that the Jews worshipped in Jerusalem, while the Samaritans worshipped in the mountains. In response to this, Jesus said that the hour is coming when people will neither worship in Jerusalem, nor on this mountain. He told her that the time has come for true worshipers to worship God in spirit and in