Theology Proper

Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt
Pastors Gary DeLashmutt and Dennis McCallum list theological aspects of God and relevant passages for each attribute.

Thinking Biblically about Equality, Justice & Reconciliation

John Ross
Issues of equality, justice and reconciliation exploded into public consciousness through the May 25, 2020, murder of George Floyd, at the hands of four police officers, one of whom knelt on his neck for minutes. Global protests against police brutality and racism caused many who had been frustrated or unaware of these issues to learn, listen, research and act.

Toward A Philosophy of Christian Leadership

Dennis McCallum
I argue repeatedly that the key to success in ministry, as God defines success, is getting in line with what God wants to do, or is doing. The biblical concept of ministry is serving God or other people in a way that furthers God’s will or purpose. Further, true ministry must be empowered and directed by God. God is clear that "it is the Spirit that quickens, the flesh profits nothing." (John 6:63) He warns in the Old Testament that, "Unless the Lord builds the house, they do labor in vain that build it." (Psalms 127:1) Paul said the apostles were those who "glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh." (Phil. 3:3) These passages and many others all suggest the same thing: If God’s power moves through us in ministry, spiritual fruit will be borne. If his power is not animating our ministry, nothing we do will help the situation.

Toward an Approach to Christian Ethics

Dennis McCallum
The subject of Christian ethics is far too broad to cover in a single article. However, there is value in first outlining the best direction of approach to this question, and only then considering the particulars of the discussion. The following essay was written in response to the challenge by Dr. Douglas Chismar to set the author's approach to Christian ethics down in an essay of less than 20 pages.

Toxic Faith, By Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton: A Critical Evaluation

Dennis McCallum
This book is challenging and worthwhile to read. It describes problems people have with religious compulsivity, some of which we have seen in our experience of church life. However, I found some serious shortcomings in the book that could lead to dangerous misuse of the thesis. The first three chapters are good, and chapter three especially deals with doctrinal and sociological features of toxic groups effectively. Obviously groups like CAN which refuse to consider anything about a group's belief system would ignore this chapter. But practice does grow out of doctrine, and I don't think it should be ignored at all.

Two Perspectives: Under Law vs. Under Grace

Dennis McCallum
Whether Christians view themselves under law or under grace will affect their perspective on failure, growth, self, the Holy Spirit and other key issues.

Understanding Basic Beliefs

Jim Leffel
Everyone has a set of beliefs. In this essay, we will discuss the concept of "basic beliefs," and describe the basic belief systems that shape contemporary ideologies.

Understanding Ministry

Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt
Understanding Ministry is a teaching tool designed to enable groups to delve into ecclesiology and applied theology in the area of ministry within the local church. Most of the Teacher's Guide is also included here for browsing.

Understanding the Difference Between Justice and Discipline

Dennis McCallum
Justice and discipline in love aren't the same thing; they aren't even similar! Christians need to keep crystal clear in their thinking on this issue, lest we portray God as judging Christians.

Understanding Today's Postmodern University

Jim Leffel
I am convinced that as the social and ideological landscape changes, the way Christians approach evangelism in the university is in need of change. All too often, we continue taking the same approach that we did two or three decades ago--only to a new generation that no longer accepts many of our key assumptions. Here's one measure of what I mean: Twenty years ago when I was an undergraduate philosophy major, Christianity was largely rejected because it was thought to be "unscientific" and consequently untrue. But today Christianity is widely rejected, not because it was carefully examined and found wanting, but merely because it claims to be true.