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Theology

Resources related to issues in biblical theology.

Articles

  • In That Day, They Will Fast by Jack Crabtree. Examines the Christian response to feeling disconnected from God. (12/12; posted 3/13)
  • Easter Fantasy by Jack Crabtree. Imagines one man's experience on Judgement Day. (4/12; posted 4/12)
  • The Fact of Easter by Jack Crabtree. Discusses four important implications of Jesus' resurrection. (4/11; posted 6/11)
  • Merry Anti-Climactic Christmas! by Jack Crabtree. Reflects on both the birth and resurrection of Jesus in the light of God’s purposes and promises. (12/10; posted 2/11)
  • Costly and Free by Ron Julian. Answers the question, "Do the promises of the gospel come to us for free or at great cost?" (1/08; posted 1/10)
  • What I Would Say by Deanna Hershiser. Discusses "belief" and encourages Christians to keep believing. (3/07; posted 1/10)
  • What God Gave Us for Christmas by Jack Crabtree. Contrasts the futility we experience in this life with God’s promise of Life in the age to come. (12/08; posted 1/10)
  • The Morality of God or the Religion of Man? by Earle Craig. Asks the question, "Why do we love to look and feel religious?" (9/08; posted 1/10)
  • Perseverance: The Meaning of Christmas by Jack Crabtree. Proposes that the meaning of Christmas lies in the certainty that God will fulfill His promises. (12/09; posted 1/10)
  • Following Jesus on the Trail to Life by Jack Crabtree. Discusses the importance of Jesus' resurrection and addresses the question, "Who will follow the resurrected Jesus into Life?" (6/09; posted 1/10)
  • The Jewishness of Christianity by Earle Craig. Looks at God’s promises and covenants to makes a case for Christianity being Jewish. (3/09; posted 1/10)
  • Recognizing God by David Crabtree. Discusses the nature of the “clues” the people at the time of Jesus had for recognizing Him as the Messiah and draws a lesson for believers today. (1/07; posted 7/08)
  • The Scandal of Jesus’ Birth by Jack Crabtree. Reflects on how the circumstances of Jesus’ birth foreshadowed His willingness to suffer shame and wrath on our behalf. (12/07; posted 7/08)
  • The Challenge of Easter by Jack Crabtree. Looks at the implications of Jesus as Judge. (3/08; posted 7/08)
  • Identifying and Responding to False Teachers by Jack Crabtree. Addresses the question, “How are we to interact with others who hold doctrinally significant beliefs that we think are false?” (10/07; posted 7/08)
  • The Shock of Easter by Jack Crabtree. Discusses the “shock” of the resurrection and its implications for how believers live their lives. (5/07; posted 7/08)
  • The “Magic of Christmas” by Jack Crabtree. Reflects on Christmas as a light shining in the darkness and one of the few remaining times when the story of Jesus can be freely told in the public forum. (12/06; posted 7/08)
  • Joy by Ron Julian. Looks at the biblical evidence for the nature of joy as a fruit of the Spirit. (8/07; posted 1/08)
  • Do You Believe in Magic? by Larry Barber. Compares biblical faith to the common myth of "magical" faith. (6/06; posted 1/08)
  • Thinking about Katrina by Earle Craig. Looks at God and suffering in the light of Hurricane Katrina. (10/05; posted 10/07)
  • Gaining One’s Soul by R. Wesley Hurd. Explores our culture's and the Bible's view of the soul. (8/06; posted 10/07)
  • The Gift of Guilt by Larry Barber. Compares the destructive influence of "false" guilt with the faith-maturing and conscience-building experience of "true" guilt that God, in His grace, gives us. (8/04; posted 6/06)
  • Satan and the Significance of Easter by Jack Crabtree. Examines the meaning of the resurrection of Christ as reflected in the role of Satan in human sin and God's purposes in history. (6/04; posted 6/06)
  • Becoming Sinners by R. Wesley Hurd. Explores how self-satisfaction and self-righteous religiosity impede understanding and accepting the truth of our sinfulness. (5/04; posted 6/06)
  • Is the Gospel Anti-Semitic? by Ron Julian. Repudiates the thesis of inherent New Testament anti-Semitism by examining the unique relationship between God, the Nation of Israel, and individual Jews. (4/04; posted 6/06)
  • A Basis for Hope by Jack Crabtree. An excerpt from The Most Real Being that explains how divine determinism is the only human hope of glorification, while limited determinism provides mere "groundless optimism" or empty despair. (11/04; posted 6/06)
  • Bad Guilt by Ron Julian. Discusses the importance of knowing God's merciful grace and believing in His promise of forgiveness while acknowledging "true guilt." (4/05; posted 6/06)
  • Examining the Purpose-Driven Life by Ron Julian. Examines Rick Warren's popular book, The Purpose-Driven Life. (8/05; posted 8/05)
  • Faith and Worry by Jack Crabtree. Explores the connection between our fears and our faith. (3/04; posted 8/04)
  • Worship: A Life Lived by Nancy Scott. Explores the nature of true worship. (1/04; posted 8/04)
  • Giving Thanks by Ron Julian. Looks at the importance of gratitude. (11/03; posted 8/04)
  • Getting It Right by Larry Barber. Shows how a legalism contradicts the basic tenants of biblical Christianity. (12/03; posted 4/04)
  • Believing Together by Nancy Scott. Explores the concept of "church." (9/03; posted 3/04)
  • There Must be Fifty Ways to be a Pharisee by Jack Crabtree. Explores the essence of Phariseeism and how it manifests itself today. (4/03; posted 3/04)
  • Waiting for God by Ron Julian. Discusses the biblical virtue of patience. (10/02; posted 10/02)
  • Desiring Truth by R. Wesley Hurd. Discusses what an individual's response to truth signifies. (8/02; posted 8/02)
  • Easter Unbelief by Jack Crabtree. Uses the disciples' response to the resurrection to discuss the biblical basis for faith. (3/02; posted 3/02)
  • Where was God? by Margaret Sholaas. Discusses our understanding of God and the existence of evil. (1/02; posted 3/02)
  • The Prayer of Jabez by Ron Julian. Examines the popular book "The Prayer of Jabez." (7/01; posted 1/02)
  • Faithfulness: Building the Temple Anyway by Jack Crabtree. Uses the example of the returned Jewish exiles to describe what makes a ministry faithful. (11/00; posted 1/02)
  • Regret by Margaret Sholaas. Considers human regrets in the light of the sovereignty of God. (6/96; posted 1/02)
  • The Parable of the Rock Garden by Jack Crabtree. Explains how love of the church and criticism of the church can and must go together. (4/96; posted 1/02)
  • Has the Time of the Gentiles Passed? by Jack Crabtree. Asks whether the spiritual darkness of our generation indicates that the "time of the Gentiles" is over. (10/97; posted 1/02)
  • The New Spirituality by R. Wesley . Highlights the difference between the "new" spirituality and the biblical view of spirituality. (3/rd; posted 2/01)
  • The Unimportant Birth of the Insignificant Jesus by Jack Crabtree. Highlights the surprising and instructive way that God brought His Son into the world. (12/99; posted 2/01)
  • The Significance of Passover by Nancy Scott. Explores what God was saying in the events of the Passover. (5/99; posted 2/01)
  • Practically Speaking by Ron Julian. Asserts that often the most valuable and "practical" teaching is the most theoretical. (4/99; posted 2/01)
  • The Evil in Us All by Larry Barber. Argues for the seriousness of the problem of sin. (3/98; posted 2/01)
  • Real Spirituality by Larry Barber. Defines the biblical concept of spirituality. (5/98; posted 2/01)
  • Reconciled Enemies by Nancy Scott. Encourages us to resist the pressure to perform in our relationship with God. (4/98; posted 2/01)
  • Trusting the God Who Made Hell by Margaret Sholaas. Emphasizes and reconciles the justice and love of God. (4/97; posted 2/01)
  • What Sort of People? by Ron Julian. Exhorts believers to personally wrestle with and embrace the gospel. (3/97; posted 2/01)
  • Pain and Glory by Nancy Scott. Illustrates the role of suffering in the believer's path to glory. (1/97; posted 2/01)
  • Treasuring These Things in Our Hearts by Jack Crabtree. Asks how the extraordinary events of Jesus' birth were so easily forgotten. (12/96; posted 2/01)
  • Have Yourself a Mary Little Christmas by Jack Crabtree. Portrays the hardships and faith of Mary as a model for the Christian life. (12/95; posted 2/01)
  • Will He Find Faith? by Robby Julian. Argues that the reality of Christ's return ought to change the way we think about our lives. (9/95; posted 2/01)
  • Forgiveness by Larry Barber. Argues that forgiving is not forgetting. (1/92; posted 2/01)
  • The Most Important Things in Life by Ron Julian. Examines the nature of the true wisdom which arises from Christian faith. (9/87; posted 2/01)
  • Christianity by Jack Crabtree. Asserts that true godliness is not necessarily religious. (9/98; posted 2/01)
  • Drawing the Line by Ron Julian. Proposes a biblical model for deciding when to "draw the line" over doctrinal disagreements. (9/90; posted 2/01)
  • The Miracle of Sophrosune by Jack Crabtree. Describes the Greek and biblical virtue of 'sophrosune' and its implications for the problem of self-hatred. (4/93; posted 2/01)
  • The Anatomy of Sainthood by Jack Crabtree. Draws the "portrait" of a saint to answer the question "Who will be saved?" Discusses the role of belief in salvation. (4/92; posted 2/01)
  • Chosen for Glory by Ron Julian. Explores the way in which the Bible's teaching on the Christian life can only be understood in the light of God's sovereign control of His creation. (2/93; posted 2/01)
  • A Christmas Message by Jack Crabtree. Laments that the popular idea of "the true meaning of Christmas" obscures the true meaning of Christmas. (12/94; posted 2/01)
  • Up With Legalism! by Jack Crabtree. Shows how opposition to "legalism" and indifference to righteousness are by no means the same thing. (5/93; posted 2/01)

Audio Series

Audio series with talks related to Theology.

  • If you use iTunes to manage your audio/video files, you can download many of these files at our iTunes U site.
  • Many of the MSC audio files below were first recorded at Reformation Fellowship, where some of the MSC staff teach.

  • A Case for Biblical Inerrancy. Jack Crabtree makes a case for biblical inerrancy at Reformation Fellowship. What is the purpose of the Bible? What kind of authority does the Bible have? What was Jesus' view of the Bible's authority? These are some of the questions that this series will address. (Also on iTunes)
  • Alternatives to Biblical Christianity: Historical. "Historical Alternatives to Biblical Christianity" was part of a year-long McKenzie Study Center (MSC) series titled "Understanding Biblical Christianity," whose goal was to provide a comprehensive introduction to biblical Christianity. The classes on "historical alternatives" help distinguish biblical Christianity from the many counterfeit versions of Christianity that have existed throughout the Church's history. MSC is an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Alternatives to Biblical Christianity: Modern. "Modern Alternatives to Biblical Christianity" was part of a year-long McKenzie Study Center (MSC) series titled "Understanding Biblical Christianity," whose goal was to provide a comprehensive introduction to biblical Christianity. The classes on "modern alternatives" help distinguish biblical Christianity from the many counterfeit versions of Christianity that abound today. MSC is an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • An Anniversary Medley (Oktoberfuss 2004). On the occasion of McKenzie Study Center's 25th anniversary and Gutenberg College's 10th, Gutenberg tutors present "An Anniversary Medley" of talks at the 2004 Oktoberfuss:
    Jack Crabtree reflects on the nature, role, and value of personal Bible study.
    R. Wesley Hurd proposes that all forms of art are formed by the interplay of the artist's beliefs and the effort to create meaningfully.
    David Crabtree argues that our understanding of the oft cited analogy of the human body's "organization" has significant implications for the individual's life in the Church.
    Ron Julian takes a balanced look at the argument of the very popular book The Purpose Driven Life. (Also on iTunes)
  • Authority of the Bible. Talks on the issues related to biblical authority, given at Reformation Fellowship. In modern times, there has been much debate about the nature of the Bible's authority. In the first four talks, Jack Crabtree argues for the absolute authority of the Bible and calls people to a radical commitment to study and follow it. In the last two talks, Curt McKinney contributes to the discussion by looking at how Christian traditions understand authority. (Also on iTunes)
  • Being a Spiritual Person. McKenzie Study Center teacher Ron Julian proposes a solidly biblical foundation for understanding the heart of Christian spirituality. This class explores the role of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life, as well as the biblical perspective on spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible study, and so on. (This series was presented in Fall 2006 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College. The third talk in this series is not available.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Biblical Christianity 101. What is the message of the Bible? What does the Christian faith mean for our lives in this world and the next? This class, aimed at both those who are new to the faith and those who have been around awhile, discusses what is biblical Christianity. This class was taught in 2000 at McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.
  • Biblical Philosophy (2006). Informal conversations with Jack Crabtree about the content of the biblical worldview. This series was presented in 2006 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College. (Talks 8, 14, and 15 are not available.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Christmas. Talks given during the Christmas season and at annual Reformation Fellowship Christmas celebrations. (Also on iTunes)
  • Easter. Talks given at annual Reformation Fellowship Easter celebrations. (Also on iTunes)
  • Eternal Life for Dummies. Jack Crabtree discusses what a person must do to inherit eternal life. These talks were given at Reformation Fellowship. (Also on iTunes)
  • Ethics of Sex in the Bible. Gutenberg tutor and McKenzie Study Center director Dr. Jack Crabtree explores what the Bible has to say about the right and wrong of sexual behavior: What is right? What is Wrong? And Why? Particular attention is given to contemporary questions and issues. (McKenzie Study Center is an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Foundations of Knowing the Truth. A series designed to promote an understanding of the basis upon which a person comes to know what they know to be true from a biblical point of view. These talks were given as part of McKenzie Study Center's Biblical Worldview Program in 1991-1992. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • History of Christian Thought. David Crabtree teaches a year-long course on the history of Christian thought at McKenzie Study Center's School of Exegesis in 1987-1988. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Reflections on Spiritual Formation (Oktoberfuss 2003). Attaining authentic spirituality is a perennial quest among Christians. Many voices--with many different suggestions--all teach the methods, practices, disciplines, or techniques to promote true spirituality. The Oktoberfuss 2003 conference offered a biblical perspective on the relationship between spirituality and the practices that are alleged to foster it. (Also on iTunes)
  • RF Talks: GC Board Members. Individual talks and two-part series given by Gutenberg College board members at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR. (Also on iTunes)
  • RF Talks: Guest Teachers. Individual talks and two-part series given by visiting teachers at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR.
  • RF Talks: Ron Julian. Individual talks given by Gutenberg tutor Ron Julian at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, Oregon. (Also on iTunes)
  • The Problem of Evil. Can a good God create evil? Jack Crabtree speaks on the problem of evil at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR. (Also on iTunes)
  • What We Believe: Answers to Questions. Ron Julian answers common questions concerning Christian faith and practice. These talks were given in 2001 at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, Oregon. (Also on iTunes)

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