Continually Sharpening

A theological blog by Janelle Zeeb

Articles from October 2018

What Does it Mean to Be Made in God's Image?

For one assignment in a Christology course I took as part of my PhD, I wrote a review of Oliver D. Crisp's book The Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ (2016).

While this book is quite philosophical and not meant for beginners in theology, there were a …


Is Eternal Life Opt-In or Opt-Out?

One of my highly recommended books is Does God Love Everyone? The Heart of What is Wrong with Calvinism by Jerry L. Walls.

He does have a very good introduction to the debate between Calvinists and Arminians, and good insight into what he thinks the debate is ultimately about.

I …


Being Open to Changing Our Minds

I've called my blog Continually Sharpening, based on Proverbs 27:17, NIV: "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

I hope that as I study, teach, and progress in my academic theological career, I will have my theological views continually sharpened and refined, so that they become more …


Is Correct Theology Necessary for Salvation?

While I'm not really a history expert, I was called on to TA a course last winter on the history of early Christianity. As part of this, I gave a lecture on early Christian heresies about Jesus, and why they were problematic.

If you're not familiar with the term: "Heresy …


The Antidote to Treadmill Theology

In my previous post, I had discussed a form of theology I like to call Treadmill Theology.

This theology insists that continual obedience in doing good works and sanctification (growth in holiness) is mandatory in order to be finally justified (qualified for eternal life).

The problem is that it effectively …


The Exhausting Teachings of Treadmill Theology

It's probably safe to say that no one really likes to be on a treadmill. Even if it's good for our health and gives some people a rush of endorphins, is there anyone who wouldn't rather, if they had a choice, get off the treadmill and take a break?

But …