Small Town Theologian

STT 059 – Do You Understand Your Original Sin (HC LD 4, QA 9-11)

“I would never do that!” Have you ever said or thought this when people hurt you in some way? The thought that we are above certain sins seems to suggest a certain self-righteousness and naivete. Apart from God’s grace, we are all capable of unspeakable evil. The doctrine of original sin is humbling and pushes…

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STT 058 – Do Masks Really Conceal the Image of God in the Face of Man (HC LD 3, QA 6-8)

Some Christians who hate wearing masks make a popular argument against masks. The argument is that wearing masks conceals the image of God in the face of man. Is this argument legitimate? What is the image of God in man? This is an important theological question with important implications. STT is a member of the…

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STT 057 – Struggling with Besetting Sins with Confidence & Hope (HC LD 2, QA 3-5)

Besetting sins. They are shameful. They are unsettling. Why haven’t we gotten beyond certain sins? The gospel is our confidence and hope in the face of our besetting sins. Sometimes certain theological truths, like our ongoing struggle against our sinful nature, may seem quite discouraging, but when thought about the right way, when thought about…

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STT 056 – Happy New Year: Sound Doctrine Is Connected to Holiness (HC LD 1, QA 1-2)

Happy New Year! May the Lord bless you in 2022. If we desire to live holy lives for the glory of God, we must understand how holiness is inseparable from sound doctrine. Many Christians do not seem to have a clear doctrinal statement for their lives. Here is where catechisms and confessions are really helpful….

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STT 055 – We Are But Needy & Dependent Spiritual Infants (HC LD 52, QA 127-129)

Merry Christmas! How do you see yourself? You could answer numerous things, but would one of the ways you see yourself be a spiritual infant? We’d like to think of ourselves as strong, independent, capable, but one of the images Scripture gives us of believers is spiritual infants, weak, dependent, and needy. How does this…

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