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A Review of the 3D Gospel

Have you ever thought about how your culture shapes your view of the Bible? Have you ever wondered if Christians from other countries have even read the Bible, or are even Believers, because they seem to develop a different line of interpretation from what Western American Christians have?

There are very significant ways in which we view theology and the Bible. It is normally not until we leave our home culture when we do finally realize some of the vast differences in the mindsets of people we find ourselves around, and often it can and will be frustrating.

We may try to share the Gospel with people in another country, only to find out that they have no real interest in having Christ remove their guilt from sin, instead they are more concerned with the honor of their family group, or even facing spiritual retribution from ancestors if they convert to Christianity.

When Western Christians leave their home culture and experience another, there can be a buildup of confusion and frustrat…
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Facebook Suggestion Post #3

Even though we are not currently in the Philippines, I planned on writing a culture post and what better way to do that than to go all the way back to my facebook question from April of 2017 when I asked for questions that American may have about the culture that I, from my vast storehouse of experience with the country and culture, am able to answer with ease in roughly 500-700 words.

This suggestion comes from a certain Robbie Waller, who would like me to write about the need for Walmart in the Philippines. 
In some sense, the Philippines would benefit greatly from Walmart. People would be able to get everything they need (and a bunch that they don't need) in a convenient one-stop-shop. People would have everything they need for fixing things and not have to jerry-rig the things that are broken. But in other ways the Philippines does not need Walmart. I think that while yeah, of course, obviously, it would make shopping easier, it would also do something horrible to the culture …

A Review of Praying the Bible by Don Whitney

NOTE: Since I haven't posted an article, or book review, in a while, it seems good to remind my few readers that in no way do I profit from these reviews. These are simply books that I feel have helped me either in my personal walk with God, or in ministry, or it has made me think about a topic in a different way. Dr. Whitney is not paying me for this paltry review, nor has anyone else. Enjoy!

Now, I love reading theology books. I love the nuance and the precision that it takes to nail down and explain certain doctrines or ideas. Yet, when I look at some of my books, I sigh, because there is simply no logical way that I will ever actually read the whole thing; they are simply too long.

I also love prayer. Wait, no. That's not quite true. I love the idea of prayer, but the reality is often lacking.  I lose my train of thought. Or what feels like  forever to pray was really only a few minutes. Or I sort of repeat the same things that I normally pray for and feel really discourag…

A small hiatus

Hey guys!

So as most of you know, we have made it back to America for a few months of rest. We had a team come in January to help us pack up the house and to help do some survey work out on Dinagat Island. Then they were nice enough to let us travel back to LA with them before they went to Dallas and we went to Memphis. We have seen family and friends and have had the opportunity to tell others about what God is doing in the Philippines while trying to adjust back to winterish weather.

Being back Stateside for a while we may not write as much as we have been. After talking through some of our communications (blog and newsletter), I have decided to trim back how often I post articles here, I'm thinking twice a month for a while.  That being said, I do still want to blog about what is happening in our lives, as often as I get a chance to.

For those of you who we have seen already, hello again! For those of you we will see in the next few months, we are looking forward to it! For tho…

Christmas in the Philippines

Caroling is popular here. Small mobs of kids walk around singing bad renditions of English Christmas songs.  Most of the time we hear 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas'. They will stand outside of our gate for about twenty minutes singing "we wish you a merry chis-mas, we will you a merry chis-mas, we wish you a merry chis-mas, and a happy new year! Advance merry chis-mas! Advance happy New Year!". This happens every night. Sometimes twice a night, with the same mob. They are begging for money or food. Sometimes they even come up and just say, "Hey, merry Christmas, give me money!".
One night we decided that we would tell kids to come back on Christmas Eve and we would hand out something then. While I was talking with these kids, I asked them what they were wanting. "Bisan unsa" (whatever). What were they going to do with it? "Magdala ko ani sa simbahan" (I'll take it to the church) Wait, the catholic church? Quick nod. Are you catholic…

A Theology Post.

This is a theology post. That means that it is supposed to be theological in nature, and have some level of smartypants theological content. But, then again, isn't everything we as Christians do supposed to be theological in nature? Isn't everything supposed to be centered in and around the study of God and how that plays out in our daily lives (which is what theology really is)?

Think about this: How do you think about theology? How to you think about God day in and day out? How do you think about how your family culture is shaped by your faith? How does our Christian faith in the finished work of Christ factor into how we do our jobs? Raise our kids? See those outside the faith?

We in the West are so compartmentalized in our thinking that we tend to literally only set aside Sundays for the worship of God. We have our work-life, our family-life, and our church-life. This is saying essentially: This way of me operating and living and my morals or actions are this way during th…

Review of The Distinctives of Baptist Theology

NOTE AND DISCLAIMER: I am a horrible theologian and I am even worse at summarizing complex theological systems in very short space, so take what I am writing here as a feeble best attempt, and buy the book so that you can get a much better explanation.

This short book (about 200 pages) written by Pascal Denault is a fantastic comparison between the two basic forms of covenant theology inside of what could be labeled as forms of Puritan federalism, which are ways of understanding how God has dealt with humanity through history. Mr. Denault (a French speaking Canadian Reformed Baptist Theologian) does a great job outlining the Presbyterian model of covenant theology and the Baptist model and does so from not only primary sources but  he uses  Scripture within the primary sources to highlight the differences between the two in favor of Baptist covenant theology.

Now I suppose I may need to back-up a bit and explain what in the world I'm talking about. Most of us know what a covenant