Faith

9 Reasons Faith ≠ Certainty

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One of the things that Christians typically believe in and that I’ve struggled with a great deal is the concept of faith. Like most Christians, I once assumed a person’s faith is as strong as…

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What Does ‘Your Faith Has Healed You’ Mean? (podcast)

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Greg discusses faith, doubt, and healings. Episode 486 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0486.mp3

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Podcast: If Doubt Is Good, Why Did Jesus Rebuke It?

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Greg talks about how doubt relates to faith.  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0453.mp3

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Podcast: Can a Person Come Back to God if They Lose Their Faith?

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Greg considers the nature of faith and unbelief and offers some enlightening insight that may surprise you.    http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0316.mp3

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What Type of Faith Do You Have?

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Genesis 32 tells the story of Jacob, wrestling through the night with a nameless man, revealed to be none other than God Himself. We read that when this man “saw that he could not overpower”…

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What Is an Idol?

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We all believe lies about God that have caused us to mistrust him and therefore to look elsewhere for life. This is what an idol is. It’s anything we try to use to fill what…

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Reading the Bible “by Faith”

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The cruciform approach to reading the Bible—and specifically the culturally-conditioned and sin-stained portraits of God—requires faith on the part of the reader, which I argue in Crucifixion of the Warrior God. On one level we…

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Believing the Best About Political Opponents

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The surprising election of Donald Trump to President of the United Stated has exposed a profound, anger-filled divide running through the center of the American population. I would like to speak to the many Christians who…

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Practicing Faith

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Faith is the substantiating of things hoped for and the conviction of things not yet seen, based on Hebrews 11:1 as I explained in this post. Practically speaking, this means that you become aware of…

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Election Benediction

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On this election day, when so many Americans are experiencing high levels of anxiety, I thought it would be good to share an “Election Benediction” that was written and sent to me by Kenneth Tanner….

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A Brief Theology of Faith

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It is often argued that Hebrews 11:1 provides us with a clear definition of faith. The NIV translates it as, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do…

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Put on the Armor of God

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The whole of the Christian life is an act of war against the enemy as we follow Jesus in storming the gates of hell (See post.) No passage better illustrates this than Paul’s metaphor of…

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Faith and Mental Illness

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Greg talks about mental illness. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0055.mp3

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Christ the Center

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The center of the Christian faith is not anything we believe; it’s the person of Jesus Christ. The foundation of my faith is a person, not a book and a set of beliefs about that…

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Doubt as a Companion to Faith

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A true and living faith is never a destination; it’s a journey. And to move forward on this journey we need doubt. Faith is not based on certainty. Think of it this way. We often…

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Faith or Magic?

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Many Christians today treat faith like magic. While the content of what Christians believe is obviously different from pagan practitioners of magic, the way they believe and the motive they have for believing, seems to…

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The Heresy of “Just War”

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Since the time when the Jesus-looking kingdom movement was transformed into the Caesar-looking “militant and triumphant” Church, there has been a tradition of Christians by-passing the enemy-loving, non-violent teachings of the NT and instead appealing…

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The Bible is Infallible NOT Inerrant

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While the cruciform understanding (explained here) of the “God-breathed” nature of Scripture is in tension with the way most talk about inerrancy (See previous post on inerrancy), I do not believe it is at all incompatible with what…

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Paul Teaches Free Will, Not Determinism: Romans 9, Part 3

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In this series of posts, I am challenging the deterministic reading of Romans 9, which interprets Paul’s teaching as saying that God chooses some to be saved and others to be damned. There are six arguments…

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Why Did God Heal or Not?

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In 1996 a 27-year-old man in my church named David was diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer. The doctors decided to send David to the Mayo Clinic to receive some experimental treatments on the slim…

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