Sometimes Being A Traditionalist Is The Most Progressive Thing You Can Do

By scottsauls | September 30, 2022

The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that the seventh commandment “requireth the preservation of our own and our neighbor’s chastity, in heart, speech, and behavior” (Q&A 71). Said differently, the seventh commandment calls for more than mere restraint from sexual activity outside the one-flesh union of marriage. It also calls for sexual purity in thought and […]

Why Everyone Should Be A Serious Theologian

By scottsauls | September 23, 2022

For women and men of faith, there can be a love/hate relationship with theology. We love theology because it provides an ordered, systematic, storied picture of the sixty-six books of the Bible. Theology packages the Bible—which can itself feel daunting—into a more digestible, less intimidating, easier to understand, cohesive whole. Theology gives us an interpretive […]

Everything Is Better When Jesus Comes First

By scottsauls | September 17, 2022

Tolkien’s character Gollum obsessively chased and clung to the Ring of Power, which he affectionately called his “Precious,” because he believed it would meet his every need if only he could only hold on to it. The longer that ring remained in his grasp, the more poisoned his soul. Like every idol, like every person […]

How God *Really* Sees Us

By scottsauls | September 10, 2022

Last I checked, there were 861,000 self-help books available on Amazon. The sheer popularity of self-help books points to the reality that humans live with an insatiable longing for something more, something better. This is why we keep making resolutions every New Year even though we will almost certainly not follow through with them. How […]

Scandalous, Repulsive, Terrible Grace

By scottsauls | September 3, 2022

Once I got very angry when I heard that a guy in prison had become a Christian. I got angry because I didn’t think he deserved the blessings of God’s grace, the comfort of God’s love, or the assurance of God’s forgiveness. And I certainly didn’t think he should benefit from the promise of God’s […]