Discipleship in Marriage

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

Ephesians 5:22-23, Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. Honestly, what is your visceral reaction to those two verses? In our day of gender confusion and rebellion against God-constituted authority, we can find ourselves on the defensive and feel the need to qualify and explain Paul’s words. “I know it says, wives, be subject to your own husbands… but, ahh… let me explain…”

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By | March 9th, 2016|Family, Herald|

The Challenge of Hell and a Call for Compassion Part 2

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

In Part 1 of this essay, we considered five reasons why men deny the doctrine of hell. Hell is not an easy doctrine to embrace. It is not a “feel-good” teaching. We must submit our minds to the teachings of Jesus and sit humbly at His feet as His disciples. It is very hard to shine the light of this doctrine on the faces of our loved ones who, we fear, are yet outside of Christ. But as Christ’s disciples, we are called to love Him more than our natural family [Matthew 10:37]. His Word must direct us in all things.

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By | January 13th, 2016|Herald|

Five Reasons Why Men Deny Hell Part 1

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

The reality of hell is a challenging truth revealed in Scripture and emphasized by Jesus Christ. In our approach to the doctrine of hell, we need to appreciate the holiness of God and the sinfulness of men. We view hell from the vantage point of our union with Christ in His death and resurrection. We understand that the wrath of God against sin is justified and is satisfied in only two places: the cross of Christ or hell.

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By | January 7th, 2016|Herald|

Your 2016 Annual Check-Up

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

I made an appointment to see the Doctor for a specific health concern. But before he came into the examining room, the nurse checked my pulse, blood pressure and a couple other vital signs. If there is a serious problem, it will likely show up in the vital signs, the indicators of over-all health. Let me suggest five vital signs to check to verify a healthy Christian life. As we come to yet another new year, it would be good to have a spiritual check-up.

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By | January 1st, 2016|Christian Life, Herald|

Compromised Churchmanship & the Collapse of Truth

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

Paul gives us a profound, God-centered definition of the church as the house[hold] of the living God. The living God is the true God whose revelation of Himself is the truth. Paul informs us that the church is the pillar and support of the truth. Question: “What collapses if and when the church fails to be the pillar and support?” The title to this article already provides the answer to my question. The truth.

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By | December 10th, 2015|Church, Herald|

Evil, World-Views, and the Powers: Part 2

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

The eruption of jihadi-Islamism challenges our understanding of spiritual warfare. We would do well to analyze societies in terms of Paul’s powers and principalities. We “interpret the powers in a two-fold way, i.e. the principalities are regarded as both the socio-political structures of human society and the unseen spiritual forces lying behind these structures.” The foundation of culture is a mixture of common grace and common curse.

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By | November 27th, 2015|Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Evil, World-Views, and the Powers: Part 1

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

What do we make of the intensifying onslaught of militant, jihadi-Islam? How are we to understand people who commit horrific atrocities in the name of their religion? The West has done its best to disconnect itself from theological authorities, and now we are confronted with acts of stunning cruelty, done ostensibly, for theological reasons. In spite of the West’s reluctance and bewilderment, the jihadis are demanding that we understand them in theological terms.

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By | November 24th, 2015|Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Are You an Eschatologist?

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

I was speaking with a fellow pastor about “eschatology” when he said, “Of course, I would never use that word from the pulpit.” “Oh, oh… I use that word all the time!” I thought to myself. Should we help God’s people to understand and use biblical and theological vocabulary? I think we should. The world has taught us the vocabulary of therapy. We should teach God’s people the vocabulary of theology.

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By | October 31st, 2015|Eschatology, Herald|

Can You Feel the Love?

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

What are you experiencing as a Christian these days? What would you say is the dominant feeling that you know as a disciple of Jesus living in our present times? I hasten to say that we can be far too feelings oriented. A variety of influences have converged which have made our generation overly subjective and ensnared in “selfolatry:” the worship and service of the Self.

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By | October 28th, 2015|Herald, Love|

Death and Hope for Our Bodies

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

Funerals can be occasions which confront unbiblical, even pagan, notions concerning our bodies. Such notions were expunged from my own thinking during my Mother’s funeral. The room was crowded at her viewing. I stood by the door greeting the visitors. A lady entered and asked me, “Where is your Mother?”

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By | September 23rd, 2015|Christian Life, Herald|