Identity & Reinvention

On Predestination

In one of our  TheoPub events, the question came up about predestination. What is it? Does God’s sovereignty erase man’s responsibility? Does man have free will? My aim in this article is not to attempt to comprehensively explain predestination because the apostles themselves never did. They did however, explicitly talk about it. My goal here is to look at the reasons why the apostles used words like “predestined for adoption” and “chosen” to show that they were meant to provoke the church into joyful celebration – not create nervous confusion. Given the… Read More

Everything is not awesome

Getting ready for church is an exhausting exercise for a lot of people. By getting ready, I don’t mean making wardrobe decisions. I mean the exhausting exercise of putting on the everything-is-awesome face. You know your life, your pain. your suffering, your fears and your sin better than anyone. You know everything isn’t awesome. The idea of going to church makes you nauseous because instead of crumpling into a ball, confessing weakness and finding grace, you feel pressured to confess awesomeness where you only find further exhaustion. God’s word encourages the church to “weep with those who… Read More