I Am Redeemed!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be "redeemed?" Sure, I could list theological, psychological, and sociological definitions, and there is nothing wrong with that approach. Definitions help define us. They allow us to compare, analyze, ruminate, consider, relate. We quantify and qualify through definitions. Relative to theology, definitions establish parameters; they provide the comfort of knowing …

Systematic Treatment of Theologies

Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy, M.T.S. After digesting the theological methods of Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Karl Barth, and Karl Rahner, I am partial to Barth. Barth grew up in Germany, and was in country when Hitler’s Third Reich and extermination of the Jews was rampant. This left Barth quite dismayed. He saw the …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: The Most Important Aspect

Summary of my most recent class in pursuit of my Master’s in Theology at Colorado Christian University.  Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy. Reflecting primarily, but not exclusively, on Wayne Grudem’s definition of systematic theology and his four, attendant sub-points (pp. 21-26), identify the biggest, most important idea for you about systematic theology? “Biggest” can …

Justification versus Sanctification

Justification and sanctification are not the same thing. The basic dictionary definition of justification is "the action of showing something to be right or reasonable." The theological definition is "the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God." Sanctification is an ongoing process. It comes from the Greek word hagiazo, which means …

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