Church Life · Cross-Centered · Gospel Centered · Jesus-Centered · Top Topics

What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross-Centered Theology? Part I

One of the biggest struggles for many pastors is merging new congregants into a church. Think of it as adopting a child while already having several children. If you have children, you have a routine; you have lingo you use together; there are known expectations; and your family may work like a well-oiled machine. If… Continue reading What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross-Centered Theology? Part I

Church Life · Ministry · Pastoring · Prayer

Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning

From what people tell me at the church I pastor, I have a lot of people praying for me. Prayer is a funny thing in that, often we don’t know what to pray for someone else, and it can turn into vain repetition. I thought it would be helpful to share with people how they… Continue reading Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning

Jesus · Karma · Salvation

Christian Karma

I’m amazed at the amount of Facebook posts that I see about karma. They often come from people who are angry about what someone else has done. They hope someone else is punished for the injustice that was done to them or perceived to have been done to them. Does karma exist? What should the… Continue reading Christian Karma

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Strong Fathers Strong Daughters

Recently, I had the opportunity to share with Daren Dilts of the blog Active Manhood.  He asked me to share some of my ideas about how to raise strong daughters.  Please see his blog post here. Thanks for taking time to read this Maddening Theology post. If you enjoyed this content you can find Pastor Tim’s… Continue reading Strong Fathers Strong Daughters

Atheist · Depravity · Good Person · Image of God · Salvation

Do Christians Think Too Little of Atheists?

Talk to anyone who has been a Christian for awhile and you will hear them say something like, “I’m not the person I used to be.” The statement they are making is a positive good. It’s a proclamation that they believe that God has worked in their lives in a way to better glorify Him,… Continue reading Do Christians Think Too Little of Atheists?

Architecture · Art · Beauty · Canada · Human · Philosophy · Quebec · Securlarism

Cubism is Killing God

Recently I wrote an article on reclaiming beauty. There may be some foundational ideas there that you would need to understand before you read this article. Most of us know what cubism is but are unaware of the term that is connected to it. Before we define our terms, I want to take you to… Continue reading Cubism is Killing God

Catechism · Children · Children's Ministry · Doctrine · Unity

Why Catechism?

Everyone has an  idea of what church should be like. Some people are looking for specific traditions or programs  they believe the church needs in order for them to attend. Others have a long list of requirements, to the point that they will never find the “perfect” church they are looking for. So when someone… Continue reading Why Catechism?

Bible Study · Context

A Serial Killer, My Wife, and a Drunk Stranger: Bible Study Part II Context

In the fall of 2017 I hosted a “Bible Study Training Night.” Those who came saw it as very profitable, and I thought I would share this with you. Helping people understand their Bible for themselves is of key importance. Since every Christian should be pursuing to understand God and to better  minister to others,… Continue reading A Serial Killer, My Wife, and a Drunk Stranger: Bible Study Part II Context

Bible Reading · Bible Study · Context · Reading

Read Until You Bleed: Bible Study Part I

If you read ahead, the title is not as scary as it sounds. In the fall of 2017 I hosted a “Bible Study Training Night.” We spent over an hour studying one verse, Romans 8:28. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to… Continue reading Read Until You Bleed: Bible Study Part I

Bible Reading · Bible Study · Christian Disciplines · Disciple

Fast Food Theology

Several years ago I took a new position at work. I often joke about it as my forced promotion. The position that I left was one where I usually was in the same classroom all the time. I would often bring my leftovers from home those days and also kept spare tuna fish, soup and… Continue reading Fast Food Theology