A feather in your theological cap.

The personal blog of pastor, grammarian, and runner Brent Niedergall

Historical Theology for the Church

Historical Theology for the Church

A Book Review What is historical theology? According to Historical Theology for the Church, a new textbook from B&H  Academic and edited by Jason G. Duesing and Nathan A. Finn, “historical theology is the study of the development of Christian doctrine and...

A Theology of Backgammon

A Theology of Backgammon

Ever play backgammon before? You know the game that folds up into a handy little briefcase? It has all the points on the board, and the checkers, and the dice.  It’s a popular game in our house. It’s my favorite game. I’m no master or anything. I haven’t studied the...

Bad Moms of the Bible

Bad Moms of the Bible

Counting up women in the Bible we would consider good mothers is easy. But what about the bad ones? Who are some of the bad moms of the Bible? Herodias was bad. She told her dancing daughter to ask for the head of John the Baptist. And any mom who would want John the...

The Existence of God

The Existence of God

Do we need to prove God’s existence?  https://youtu.be/B3Dh9jZUiOY Your cosmological and teleological arguments aren’t going to convince anyone that God exists. Neither will your ontological or moral arguments. And they don’t need to.   Scripture says God has already...

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 136)

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 136)

This is the latest in the series of corporate prayers for Sunday worship that I’m writing from the Psalms, working through them in reverse order. Our God, we give you our praise because you are good.  We recognize you show loyal love to your people. You are always...

Small Preaching

Small Preaching

A Book Review I’m not a great preacher. When I’m standing in the pulpit my manuscript retains a tight hold on my focus, my delivery is tepid, and my conclusions falter. But wanting to improve gives me a good reason to read books on preaching. Jonathan Pennington has...

WHAT IS THE PRESERVATION OF SCRIPTURE?

WHAT IS THE PRESERVATION OF SCRIPTURE?

Has God preserved a fixed master copy of the Scriptures?  https://youtu.be/BD8g2ItZ3Fw God has preserved His written Word. We have the Bible. But He has done so providentially, not miraculously.  Once upon a time, there were two brothers who printed a Greek New...

Reboot Your Greek

Reboot Your Greek

A Book Review In general, many prefer the idea of Greek to reading Greek. Pastors, who studied it in seminary, retain only enough to consult with Thayer and Strong so they can tell their congregations what the Greek “really means.” Realistically speaking, the majority...

WHAT IS THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE?

WHAT IS THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE?

What do we need God to tell us? https://youtu.be/LLB5hRsIAss The Word of God gives us everything God wants us to know. This is called the sufficiency of Scripture. All the words that God wants you to have when it comes to salvation, and trusting Him, and obeying Him...

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