2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

I believe…What I believe about sin

I Believe

Throughout the history of the Christian church, men have endeavored to record the core fundamental beliefs of their faith.  Through creeds, catechisms, and other writings, they have sought to summarize and memorialize their beliefs and convictions.  I am not a theologian…just a simple sinner saved by the grace of Almighty God.  That said, as Christians we are all members of a royal priesthood, and I believe that it is important to know what we believe and to be able to state it clearly for others.  As a father and a worker in Children’s Ministry, I have found that this is especially important in order to be able to answer questions raised by kids with clear, concise, and generally brief answers.

So, I decided a useful exercise would be to begin to record my Christian beliefs in short concise statements (I hope).  I do not intend for these to represent my own personal systematic theology or to cover all aspects of the Christian faith.  It is not my intent to expand on the why of my beliefs, but simply to list what my beliefs are.  I also don’t have a plan for how frequently I might put one of these entries together.  Instead they will represent my feeble attempt to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit think a little more deeply about what I believe about selected doctrines and issues.  That said, I want these entries to represent what I believe and not just what “I feel.”  The heart is, after all, “deceitful above all things.”  So, I will endeavor to include scripture references wherever possible.  I think of it as a cheat sheet for what I believe.

So, that is WHAT I am doing.  The next logical question is, WHY am I recording them here on my blog.  There are actually three reasons,

  1. Why not?  I’ll already have them written down. 🙂
  2. I hope in some small way that they may help someone to clarify their own beliefs.
  3. I am hoping that the readers of this blog can help me out.  I am not a trained theologian.  I’ve never been to seminary.  The closest I’ve ever come to a class on Systematic Theology is that I own Wayne Grudem’s book.  I read my Bible, but I don’t consider myself a scholar.  If I miss something or misstate something, I hope that someone will point it out!

I’ve decided to start with my beliefs on the issue of sin.  There have been a lot in the news stories recently where people have been ridiculed, lambasted or otherwise ridiculed for their beliefs on particular sins (be that abortion, homosexuality, marriage, divorce, or anything else).  Rather than addressing each sin individually, it seemed like a good time to step back and examine my beliefs on sin in general.

Here’s what I believe:

What is Sin?

Where did sin come from/who sins?

Who do we sin against?

What is God’s response to Sin?

What is the outcome/penalty for Sin?

What is the solution to our sin problem?

What are the characteristics of sin?

What are the effects of sin?

Do Christians Sin?

How do we combat / react to our sin?




  1. Ilya Radchenko

    Great Idea! Looks like you covered everything (I’m no scholar). I have to say that my belief is the same. And only the Bible teaches this. Having the correct understanding what sin is is so crucial to following the right Jesus. The Jesus who is God and came down to the earth, in the form of His creation. Lived a perfect life and died taking my sin and the wrath that I deserved. God poured out that wrath on Him. And on the third day Jesus was resurrected. And He now sits at the right hand of God. Soon to judge the nations and to take His bride home. Glory to my Savior. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come!

    3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. {{2 Timothy 4}}

    ps… I’m thinking of making a PDF that can be used for easy access and printing.

  2. Marcel Rivers

    Awesome post man, I just shared your link with my lifegroup. 🙂

  3. brad

    Excellent! Excellent Bible based understanding of sin. Such a loaded word in our culture but vital in understanding God’s master plan for humanity.

    I like this definition of “sinful nature” that Xenos Christian Fellowship has on their website. “The inherited and deeply ingrained drive to rule our own lives, rebel against God, protect and exalt ourselves, and meet our own needs our own way apart from God.”

    peace & grace in Christ,

  4. k_stin

    This is great! Nice to have everything in one place with verses attached. I’m gonna bookmark this so I can reference it with all the verses in the future. Good job!

  5. Roger

    Something for you to consider. You said that you were just a simple sinner saved by grace, If you were speaking of having been a sinner in the past tense, this is true. Are you now a sinner saved by grace? No. If you are now a sinner saved by grace, you are always focusing on your sin and ability to sin. However, if your are redeemed by the blood of the lamb and assume your Son ship (1John 3:1) you then focus on your potential in Him rather than your ability to sin. Do we sin? Generally not willfully, but we do. And when we sin we confess our sin knowing we am growing in Him, and move on. If you direct your focus on who you are in Christ, then sin will have no dominion over you. Why? All I want to do is please my heavenly Father and daily attempt to act like his son, Jesus.

  6. Super

    Chinese: 真是太好了,学习了不少!

  7. Wayne Stocks

    I’m really excited to get my first foreign language comment on this blog. According to Google translator (for those who don’t read Chinese), it says:

    “Really great to learn a lot!”

    Thanks Super! God Bless You!

  8. Hollis Clark

    Excellent job you understand the Truth of the Bibles Beyer than some clergy.

  9. SusanneArcher

    This is an excellent collection of facts. Can’t wait to see what you post next!