Erik Thoennes

What is Theology?

By Erik Thoennes May. 16, 2016 9:00 a.m. Spiritual Formation, Theology

The study of theology is considered by many to be dry, boring, irrelevant, and complicated. But for those who want to know God, the study of theology is indispensable.

The word “theology” comes from two Greek words, theos (“God”) and logos (“word”). The study of theology is an effort to make definitive statements about God and his implications in an accurate, coherent, relevant way, based on God’s self-revelations. Doctrine equips people to fulfill their primary purpose, which is to glorify and delight in God through a deep personal knowledge of him. Meaningful relationship with God is dependent on correct knowledge of him ...

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Religion in America

By Erik Thoennes Nov. 1, 2012 9:14 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Theology

The recent statistics released by The Pew Forum on Religious & Public Life showing a decline among Americans who consider themselves religious are sure to alarm many concerned about the spiritual state of the nation. For evangelicals, the most potentially jarring of these statistics shows that for the first time in its history the United States does not have a Protestant majority. The study found that about 20% of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15% in the last five years. The sobering reality in all this for evangelicals is that, although our churches continue to grow, our evangelistic effectiveness has significantly lagged behind the US population growth. This study is a clear challenge to evangelicals to live up to our name and proclaim the good news in a culture where we can no longer assume common theological foundations. Evangelical Christians have to learn to preach the gospel in a culture where we are no longer part of the Protestant majority. This is not necessarily a bad thing though. A few observations about the data shows that the picture is not as bleak as it may seem. 

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How To Plant Flags

By Erik Thoennes Oct. 3, 2011 3:51 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Theology

There is always a tension between the purity and unity of the church. How do Christians decide how much weight to put on certain beliefs? Here is how I think we need to figure out how to plant flags wisely.

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So You Think You're A Christian?

By Erik Thoennes Aug. 12, 2011 12:26 p.m. Ethics, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Theology

What are the sure signs that you are a authentic Christian? Bible reading, praying, church attendance, right answers to theological questons, concern for social justice, and acts of service, are all necessary to grow in Christ. But none of these is definite evidence that you are truly a child of God.

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Life's Biggest Questions

By Erik Thoennes Jul. 1, 2011 2:14 p.m. Apologetics, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Theology

A book I wrote came out today. It's called Life's Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most (Crossway). I pray it will help people to know God and his truth better.

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Knowing God's Will for Your Life

By Erik Thoennes Apr. 11, 2011 1:41 p.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

We should want to know God more than we want to know his will for our lives.

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