Practical Theology & Ethics

 

Anthropology

Anthropology This is the study of humans. Our view of humans will have massive effects on our practical theology. The study of what humans are will impact what we believe they will do.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxious for Nothing Anxiety cripples many people today. According to the ADAA, 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety, and many of these people are Christians. Those caught in the grip of anxiety often cannot experience the abundant life that God has for them (Jn. 10:10), missing out on the joy of the Lord. This article explains the causes and strategies for battling anxiety from a Christian perspective.

Is Anxiety Biological? Does anxiety have biological, genetic, or physical causes? We believe so. In this article, we explain the influence of exercise, sleep, diet, relaxation, and medication on anxiety, appealing to recently research by psychologists and psychiatrists.

Anxiety and Depression Bibliography This contains a list of other counseling and psychological books that are helpful in working through this subject. Some are broad to the subject of Christian counseling in general. Others are more specific to this individual subject.

Drug Use

The Ethics of Marijuana Usage Recently, marijuana usage has become legal in several states, and believers often become confused how biblical ethics should integrate in this regard. Should Christians consider smoking a joint in the same category as cracking open a beer or drinking a glass of wine? What about the use of marijuana in medical settings, if not recreational?

Ethics

Christian Ethics: Any sound ethical system needs three essential and coherent parts: (1) moral values, (2) moral duties, and (3) moral accountability. Without all three, any moral system will surely be inadequate. The Christian worldview grounds all three in the nature and existence of God himself.

Knowing God’s Will

Trusting God with Big Decisions The Bible teaches that God has a plan for humanity, and he also has a plan for each individual believer (Jas. 4:15; Eph. 2:10; Ps. 32:8-9). How can we learn about the will of God? This article offers our view.

Faulty Methods for Learning God’s Will These faulty methods are unreliable at best and unbiblical at worst.

Materialism

Does Money Make Us Happy? We contend that materialism is the central issue facing believers today. We define “materialism” as the excessive desire to acquire and consume material goods. As we study various different aspects of American culture, this conclusion becomes unavoidable.

The Eternal Perspective This article explains the futility of investing in temporary meaning and values. This material is particularly persuasive for the materialistic mindset.

Why Become a Giver? Financial giving is the best way to battle materialism in the life of the believer. Without learning to become a generous giver to the cause of Christ, we will all be very vulnerable to the effects of materialism. We believe there are several good reasons for joining in this important spiritual work.

The Bible and Materialism This article contains many of the pertinent verses regarding materialism. They are systematically arranged by subject matter.

Jesus and Materialism This article contains all 204 verses that we counted, where Jesus speaks to the subject of materialism.

Further Reading on Materialism This is a list of books and articles that we found helpful in our research on materialism.

Sex

The Bible’s Sexual Position What does God have to say about our sexuality? Is marriage worth the wait? What about cohabitation as an alternative to marriage?

The Rational Case Against Pornography Is pornography an innocuous and harmless activity that happens in the quiet of our own home? This article builds a case for the negative effects of porn use, drawing on secular authorities.

The Cycle of Pornography This article explains the effects of pornography on the mind and the cycle that accompanies habitual porn use.

Battling Pornography This article offers help to those trying to gain victory over pornography.

Getting Accountable This covers the reasons why Christians should consider accountability software to help them with porn addiction, as well as covering how to install the software.

Sanctification

The Means of Growth: The Bible describes five different methods through which we can grow spiritually: (1) Scripture, (2) prayer, (3) fellowship, (4) ministry, and (5) suffering. Each of these articles explain the importance of each means of growth, including Scriptures on each topic. Then each article offers practical suggestions for how to develop this particular spiritual discipline.

Insights on Sanctification: This is a collection of verses, quotes, and insights on sanctification. Many of the quotes come from Miles Stanford, Watchman Nee, Ole Hallesby, and Chuck Smith.

Teaching

Teaching Essentials Good Bible teaching plays an integral role in the health of the Body of Christ. Here are eight essentials to effective Bible teaching.

Teaching Structure Once you get the basics of teaching down, you’re ready to structure or organize your teaching into a coherent format. Without a logical organization to your teaching, your content will become confused and incoherent.

Teaching Tune-Ups After you master the basics to teaching, spend some time tuning-up your craft with these helpful insights.