This collection of my essays is about the doctrines of the Christian faith.
However, this is not apologetics, but a result of my studies in theology: I explain, illustrate, and reflect on these doctrines, more than I defend them. I also explain (or sometimes argue against) false doctrines and practices.
For my references, I use the three-volume Exploring Christian Theology by Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel (Bethany House Publishers, 2014-2015).
As its name implies, the purpose of this collection is twofold: to lay down the proper foundations for those who are seeking to know more about God and the faith, and to strengthen those who are already believers — by helping them understand more the things they believe in.
Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. — 2 Timothy 1:13-14 ESV
If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. — 1 Timothy 4:6-8 ESV
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. — 1 Timothy 6:3-5 ESV
Some Measures of Faith (Apr. 17, 2019) — For this first post I will explain my philosophies behind this essay collection in particular, and my biblical and theological studies in general.