The Uniqueness of Sex
The Bible hasn't changed, nor has God's Spirit, which enables humans to obey Scripture. So why are we giving up (or giving in) so ridiculously easily and prematurely in this area?
A Salvation Bought With Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Jesus fought for our salvation with loud cries and tears. Cries of desperation, discouragement, exhaustion, and numbness. Tears of grief, betrayal, and heartache.
Mapping out the Bible
For most of us, place names mentioned in the Bible don't have much meaning. We've never been to these locales, and we may not even be sure where they are. But it doesn't have to be that way.
How to Fight the Good Fight for Joy
So how do we experience Christ’s joy now? As John Piper says, it’s a fight, part of the good fight of faith. Here are some ways to fight...
It is impossible to live in a fallen world populated with fallen people in yet unconverted flesh and not hurt others or be hurt by them, and as believers we can do one of two things in response.
No Stone Left Unturned: Solving a Minor Mystery
Recently, while reading through the minor prophet Haggai in the LXX (the Greek Old Testament), I noticed a phrase that looked familiar.
The Oldest Trick in the Book
The Puritan Thomas Brooks reminds us that there is also an “oldest trick in the book” when it comes to Satan’s devices against us. What is this first device?
Learning to be Content with the Fences of Life
I often find myself testing the boundaries - the fences God has placed me in life - only to find out what God had for me was best.
At the End of the Second Century, the Muratorian Fragment Lists 22 of Our 27 NT Books
This series is designed to introduce lay Christians to the basic facts of how the New Testament canon developed. One of the key data points in any discussion of canon is something called the Muratorian fragment.
When God Says “No” ... Pray
David heard the Lord's "no" and quietly accepted it without resentment. That's awfully hard to do.
The Incredible, Unfathomable, Steadfast Love of God
My love for the Lord and others is so fickle. Some days I’m hot, some days I’m cold, some days I’m thankful, some days I grumble. But incredibly, God’s love is steadfast.
When God Changes Our Plans
To say the least, I don’t deal with a “change in plans” well, especially when I am on vacation. Changes for me equal stress, hassles, and more work.
Following Jesus' Training Model
In this post we will look at three areas of priority in Jesus’ training model that serves as a model for pastoral mentors: relationships, proclamation, and focus.
The Best Time to Plant a Tree
Maybe this is the year you want to plow some new ground spiritually.
Don’t Be An Internet Arsonist
God takes our digital words just as seriously as our vocalized words. Do we take our digital words seriously?
Nobody Will Remember Me, and That’s a Good Thing
Only a few people will remember me. I want to make sure I leave behind the right memories, and I want to live my life in light of those people who will remember me.
Jesus Makes Sense of My Complicated Relationship with the Psalms
The Psalms are so personal, so intimate, so passionate, so full of emotion and intensity. But there are certain things which make my relationship with the Psalms… complicated.
Powerful Promises for the Discouraged
I guarantee you Jesus will help you and change you. You may not see drastic changes from day to day, but I promise you that 5 years from now you will say to me you can’t believe how much Jesus has changed you.
It Won't Wear Out
We are all quite accustomed to living in a world where things simply do not last. But, if you are one of God's children, there is something in your life that will not wear out.
The Unexpected Perks of Being Thrown Into the Fire
Humanly speaking, this is crazy talk. Count it all joy whenever I meet a trial? James sounds like some sort of sadistic masochist who loves pain. But James sees things from God’s perspective.