Why You Should Study the History of the Christian Faith

I loved history when I was in school. So naturally, church history was one of my favorite courses in college. But I never could have imagined that studying the history of the church would be so impactful to my theology and worship. My thinking changed, and I developed a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be a Christian. Continue Reading

How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian | alyssajhoward.com

How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian

I have studied the Bible my whole life. I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Christian school for most of my childhood. So when God put it on my heart to attend seminary, I assumed I knew what to expect. Obviously, I would study the Bible more thoroughly than ever before, but nothing could have prepared me for how I would be challenged both mentally and spiritually. I would learn how to study the Bible in a whole new way… Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why Bad Theology is Dangerous (and 3 ways to fix it)

Before seminary, I never gave much thought to theology. In fact, I left most of the “theological thinking” to greater minds than my own. I thought of pastors and teachers as people of God who would take deep theological concepts and “dumb” them down so that my average Christian mind could comprehend them. (Silly… I know.)

Now I know this isn’t how all people perceive theology, but I do find that many of the Christians I encounter on a day-to-day basis don’t study theology in-depth. We talk about God, the Bible, basic spiritual principles, the Holy Spirit… but unless we’re academically inclined, we don’t often sit down over coffee to discuss deep theological issues. Continue Reading

Is Divorce the Unpardonable Sin? | alyssajhoward.com

Is Divorce the Unpardonable Sin?

Divorce has long been a difficult topic in the church. In our culture today, nearly everyone has been affected by it one way or another. We all know someone, whether it be a family member or close friend, who has experienced the pain of a broken marriage. Or maybe you have experienced divorce first-hand. If so, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how messy and hurtful it can be.


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Divisions in the Body of Christ: 3 Ways to Handle Our Differing Beliefs | alyssajhoward.com

Divisions in the Body of Christ: 3 Ways to Handle Our Differing Beliefs

For those of you who don’t know this about me, I love to do research and analyze my findings. Those who are close to me know this “flaw” of mine firsthand. I get stuck on a theological topic (usually controversial in nature), research it for days, and then share my conclusions with those around me until they are sick and tired of hearing about it! I’m not exactly sure why I do this, and I usually know full well when I’m doing it. I just can’t help myself sometimes. I get so caught up in the debate over differing beliefs. It’s fun for me! Continue Reading