Sola Gratia

Sola Gratia

The Reformers were confronted with this idea of grace alone because of their understanding of God’s righteousness. Before Martin Luther nailed his theses, the position of the Western Church (vis-à-vis the Roman Catholic Church) believed that humans had to attain to God’s perfect righteousness. For example, according to Roman Catholicism, the sacraments – both baptism…

Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura

One of the key tenants of the Protestant Reformation, among others, was the idea of Sola Scriptura – the Bible alone is the supreme authority for the Christian life. On October 31st, 1517, a German monk and priest named Martin Luther nailed a document to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This document contained 95…

How To Talk To Your Kids About Race

How To Talk About Race With Your Kids

Michelle Reyes, Ph.D. and wife of Pastor Aaron Reyes, has written an article for Christianity Today Women, entitled, “How to Talk About Race with Your Kids: Children naturally notice differences—and that is a good thing.” Here is an excerpt from the article: “My toddler is incredibly aware of the fact that his mommy is brown.…

Uncovering Our Racial History

Uncovering Our Country’s Racist History

Toward a Theology of Racial Reconciliation (Part 1) Just last week, as most of you know, the racial tensions in our country boiled over into violent, racist protests and deadly skirmishes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thankfully, immediately afterwards, many prominent voices throughout the evangelical world condemned the violence and the white supremacist groups and ideology behind it.…

Elders

Why Does The Church Need Elders?

Why does the church need elders? This is a question that many people have asked us – perhaps you are wondering the same thing. To get at the heart of that question, we would actually first expand that question to this: Why has God designed the church to have elders? Why are they needed? There…

women elders

Why Can’t Women Be Elders?

Let’s talk about some of the hardest verses in the Bible, and by that we mean the verses that say women cannot serve in the office of elders and of pastor. Why does the Bible make this restriction? Is it good? Is it bad? Does this restriction treat women as lesser than men? The best…

Elders

How Should You Treat Your Elders?

In last week’s post at The Art of Taleh, we talked about why the church should even have elders. This week, we want to address how you should treat your elders (pastor included) in response. FIRST, PRAY THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS (SEE HEBREWS 13:18). Pray for their marriages, for…

Psalm 121: The God Who Keeps

The Secret to Preservation

Do you wrestle with the idea of God keeping and preserving you through evil? This Art of Taleh Mini-Study teaches you the secret of spiritual preservation. Download the PDF, entitled “Psalm 121: The God Who Keeps,” here: http://www.theartoftaleh.com/the-secret-to-preservation/ This post was first published at The Art of Taleh on May 22, 2017, and special thanks to our…

Lament

Let Us Lament

This week has already given us many reasons to grieve, mourn and lament. This past Saturday, April 29, 2017, an innocent 15-yeard old black boy named Jordan Edwards was the victim of senseless police brutality. At the beginning of the week in Detroit, a innocent policeman was murdered (Sunday) and a young girl lost her…

Psalms Reading Plan

Psalms Reading Plann

Have you ever read through the Psalms? Now you can! Read through 30 well-known Psalms in 30 days using the Taleh approach. Click on the following link and download the PDF here: http://www.theartoftaleh.com/psalms-reading-plan-2/