Interview between Rick Arnold and Joshua Hughes discussing the reason for the Thirsty Soul Blog
The Audio above is a recorded interview between Rick Arnold and Joshua Hughes. They discuss the motivation behind the Thirsty Soul Blog as well as the methods they plan to use. The conversation is 53 minutes and they discuss various topics relating to their plans for the blog including:
- The move of God bringing the Church back to Christ and to the Word of God
- Lying signs and wonders
- The need and reason for studying doctrine
- What is expository preaching and why do it
- The journey of knowing Christ
- Upcoming projects for the blog
Why the Blog?
By Rick Arnold
I love to study theology and am presently wrestling through all the major issues that Christians love to discuss. I have a passion to help people understand theology in a clear and simple way. That is what this blog is about. It will consist of my own messages, studies, videos, and research as well as interesting things I find on the net that pertain to the topic at hand. I will post bibliographies from my research, because we all need a few more books to read… right? :-)
I invite your comments and questions and will participate in the discussions as I am able. I only ask that we keep the conversation prayerful and civil respecting differing views. I will be drawing from a wide variety of theological streams in my posts and do not necessarily endorse any of them fully. My primary goal is to be convinced from scripture alone as I search for truth with a humble heart and thirsty soul.
I believe the study of theology is important, especially in our day when there has been a lack of it. That is, a lack in some camps, in others there has been an overemphasis of it. We are looking for a balanced practical theology that will help us grow in our relationship with Christ and lead others to do the same, but I digress. People often shy away from the discussion because they feel it will lead to division. Sadly, this is often the case, but it need not be. If we approach our study with the spirit of Christ in love and humility and realize that our main goal is to know God better, then we will be brought closer together instead of being torn apart.
We also need to recognize up front that there are certain doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith and some that are not. The Bible is very clear some times and a little vague at others. We need to take a firm stance in our defense of certain key doctrines such as: the inerrancy of scripture; the trinity; creation; the fall of man; the incarnation of Christ; Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross; his bodily resurrection and ascension; and his second coming; the necessity of the Holy Spirit in the new birth and to complete God’s mission for the church in the world. All of these truths are clearly taught in scripture as essential parts of God’s plan and we can boldly proclaim them all in full assurance. Where we get into a little trouble is in discussing the finer details and the mechanics of how these truths are or were carried out. But if we keep the main thing the main thing, then I think we can greatly benefit from wrestling with some of the questions that naturally arise from the study of scripture.
So then, welcome fellow traveler. It’s good to have company on the journey…