A feather in your theological cap.

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

When Will Things Get Better?

When Will Things Get Better?

Life is full of expectation and waiting. We’re always waiting for something! The weekend Seeing friends and family The release of a book or a movie or a video game The next season of The Mandalorian The end of COVID.  We’re always waiting for something to come. We...

300SOT #1: What Is Theology?

300SOT #1: What Is Theology?

https://youtu.be/Pws3-f1lhC8 What is theology? Theology is the study of God. It’s setting forth the thoughts of God. It’s what A.H. Strong called “The science of God and of the relations between God and universe” (1). It’s actually even more than that, but I’ll come...

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 137)

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 137)

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.   Heavenly Father, We come before you as a church family—each of us with our own mix of experiences and emotions. ...

A Theology of Dating Your Spouse

A Theology of Dating Your Spouse

Back in 2012 on a small Army base in eastern Afghanistan, I read a book with an eye-catching cover by Justin Buzzard titled Date Your Wife. If memory serves me right, it was a good read. But what has stuck with me more than anything is its simple little imperatival...

Japanese Beetles and a Generous Master

Japanese Beetles and a Generous Master

Ever worked for pennies? Years ago, a friend and I got paid to catch Japanese Beetles. My friend’s neighbour and pastor had this gigantic garden. And he agreed to pay us a penny for every Japanese Beetle we could pull off his plants and throw into a bucket of...

Are These the Last Days?

Are These the Last Days?

One of the "joys" of training to become a soldier in the United States Army is pulling what’s called fireguard duty. The Army used to house soldiers in wooden barracks with wood-burning stoves. So soldiers would rotate shifts through the night to make sure the place...

Jesus the Great Philosopher

Jesus the Great Philosopher

Jesus is the solution to mankind’s greatest problem, but He also offers the answers to mankind’s greatest questions. We would do well to consider Him, as Jonathan Pennington encourages us, as a philosopher of the ancient variety who thought and taught wisdom. Ancient...

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 138)

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 138)

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 and heavenly Father, we are thankful we can approach you boldly as your children because of the finished work of...

Bavinck: What is dogmatics? Why do we need it?

Bavinck: What is dogmatics? Why do we need it?

Yesterday, while writing a short presentation on the general topic of theology (Coming soon!), I flipped through a dozen or so theological works to see how others have defined theology and its goal. Not everyone does it well. Some do it better than others. Herman...

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