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When talking with people about what is “church” I often hear someone say, “But hey, the Bible says ‘where two are gathered in Jesus’ name, I am with you.’ People will often use this phrase to describe how a small group is a church. Yet, the context of that passage has nothing to do with what a church is or what a church does. In Matt 18:19-20 the context is correcting another believer and prayer, not what is or is not a church.

What is the Church

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With that said, let’s look at what the church actually is. From my understanding of the Bible there are seven key elements of a church.


First, the church is commanded to go into all nations and make disciples. Continue Reading…

Following up from yesterday’s post about Avery Dulles’ book, Models of Revelation, I would like to share more insights about the evangelical view of revelation.

How Most Evangelicals Read the Bible

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Today’s post will explore how the evangelical view of revelation:

  1. Is broader than Dulles’ definition; and
  2. Incorporates the strengths of Dulles’ other views outlined in the book. Continue Reading…

Avery Dulles’ book, Models of Revelation, presents what Dulles believes to be five different models of divine revelation. In this blog post, Dulles’ first model, “Revelation as Doctrine,” will be examined in light of the evangelical view of revelation. In order to understand Dulles’ model of revelation as doctrine, it is first important to note how he defines revelation.

5 Critiques of Avery Dulles' Model of Revelation as Doctrine

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Dulles defines revelation this way, “Revelation is implied in biblical and Christian faith . . . as a permanently valid body of truths communicated by God in biblical times, preserved and commented on by the church” (p. 6, 14). Now that a definition of revelation has been provided by Dulles, it is important to look at how he narrowly defines the model of revelation as doctrine and then attributes it to the evangelical view of revelation. Continue Reading…