Just about everyone who has heard about Christianity and Jesus, whether or not they’re Christians, has heard about Jesus casting out demons or healing the demon-possessed. In fact, demons in general are one of the most popular themes from Christianity. This is probably due in part to the fact that scripture doesn’t say much about them.

Like with the heavenly messengers and other creatures described in visions throughout scripture, there’s a lot of room for imagination when it comes to demons. …


In Mark 14:32–42, we find Jesus in Gethsemane with some of his disciples. He takes a few (Peter, James, and John) a little way off from the rest and asks them to stay awake with him. Here is what it says:

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little…


Consistent theology refers to a system of beliefs about, and postures toward, God that is as consistent as possible within itself. The more pieces you add to a system, the more complicated it becomes. The more complicated it becomes, the harder it is to keep it consistent.

I talked about that in my other post, Consistent Theology, but I didn’t talk much there about why it’s difficult to have a consistent theology. To understand that, I think we have to talk about first premises.

What Is a First Premise?

A first premise is the beginning or starting point of a line of reasoning. Definitionally, that’s…


I speak often, and perhaps I have written often, about consistency in theology. It is one of the most important things to me in my pursuit of God that what I choose to believe be consistent with itself. Any theology, philosophy, or posture that is unwilling to subject itself to cyclical and reciprocal examination for the sake of consistency is not worth having.

What Is Theology?

Theology is the study of God or gods, but it can also refer to a system of belief or understanding about God, which is how I use it here. …


He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37–39, NRSV

One can’t pursue the core of Christianity without considering this passage. The greatest commandment, according to Jesus, is one that held a central place in Israelite history, and Jesus confirms its importance for his disciples when he answers this question: what is the greatest commandment? But, the greatest commandment isn’t our topic.


“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and…


A common practice at the turn of a new year is New Year’s Resolutions. A new year is such a prominent marker for the passage of time and for major life changes. In some ways, it can feel like the start of a new job or school year or a new home; it’s a chance to be different, to be new, to be whoever we want to be. We can actually ask ourselves, “Who do I want to be?” …


If a new Christian asked me what a good passage would be in which to dwell, I’d say Romans 12:9–21. I think Paul does a wonderful job of capturing the ideal heart of a disciple. John tells us that God is love and that Jesus is the Word of love. That Word became flesh and dwelled among us, revealing that Love (God) in embodied ways, even to the point of death. Here’s what Paul writes about how that Love manifests in us:

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with…


Racism and homosexuality are two pretty hotly debated topics in Christian communities, and since Paul wrote a substantial portion of the New Testament, it’s hard to discuss either without bringing up Paul. Similarly, it’s hard to discuss scripture or current events without discussing how we perceive the New Testament church. Unfortunately, these conversations often lack any nuance; they tend to devolve into dualistic arguments. “If it’s not this one thing, then it definitely has to be this other thing.”

I’m not going to be telling you what to believe, so if you’re looking for something decisive, you might be disappointed…


“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little…

Brice Laughrey

Minister of Christ on a lifelong journey of exploring the depths and mysteries of God. Currently living and worshiping in Las Vegas, NV.

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