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.
Weaving Evangelism into Small Groups
One area where compartmentalizing (the opposite of integration) has hurt the church is the isolation of evangelism. Outreach has often been seen as a separate or unusual “program” in the church rather than a core component of its existence.
Devastation in the Philippines
On Friday, November 8, Typhoon Haiyan struck a devastating blow on the Philippines. So far, the estimated death toll from the catastrophic storm is 10,000.
The Structured Removal of Faith
It’s a problem I see in churches. It’s a problem I could see us having in the church I now pastor… if we aren’t careful. If we aren’t careful we can depend more on the structure than on an utter dependence on God.
Guarding Our Eyes in a Visual Culture
When God tells us, “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you,” he is telling us to guard our hearts by watching what we expose ourselves to.
The Road to Damascus… Then and Now
In recent weeks the city of Damascus has frequently appeared in our headlines. It's a city of importance for Christians in the past and present.
No Part-Time Workers
The reality is, we are all called to full-time ministry no matter where we work. Jesus isn’t hiring part-time followers.
Wanting to Be Noticed
Stunning as it has been, the triumph of immodesty and hyper-sexuality is not itself the root problem. Instead, these problems are symptomatic of a more serious one: the problem of celebrity. And it is a virus that infects us more deeply than any of us imagine. So what are we to do?
Is Scripture Still Holy? A Review (Part 2)
In this post, we shall respond to another of Harvey’s arguments against inspiration, namely that once humans are involved there can be no clear, certain revelation from God.
Is Scripture Still Holy? A Review (Part 1)
Is the true revelation of God only in Jesus and not the Bible itself?
I’m So Glad Paul Used This Word…
There is a word in the Bible that I’m so glad is there. I’ve come back to it again and again over the years. I have said many times, “Yeah! That’s the word for it. That’s what I’m feeling right now.”
When you study the Bible, sometimes you may like to get a quick overview of a particular book. Well, we've got an easy way for you to do that with our Books of the Bible page.
Five Simple Ways You Can Begin to Share Your Faith This Week
Reaching out to the unchurched is tough for many Christians. Let me suggest five simple ways you can begin to share your faith this week.
Don’t Be a Bible Pharmacist Be a Bible Doctor!
We need to understand and sympathize with their spiritual condition before we can effectively minister to others. We need to be Bible doctors.
A Response to Zealot by Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan's book Zealot has attracted quite a bit of attention. But is there any truth to his claims about Jesus?
Are You Killing People on Facebook?
Death and life are in the power of the tongue... and the status update and the photo and the text message.
Six Surefire Steps to a Joy-Filled Life
The "secret steps" to a joy-filled life? You'll find them in John 15:7-11. Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."
Hey, Turn Out That Light!
When people huddle in a dark room doing wicked things they’re fine, till someone flips on a blazing light. Then they scream, “Hey, turn out the light!”
Does God Like Making You Suffer?
I know in my head that God works all things for good, and that I am supposed to rejoice always. But deep down, I suspect God somehow enjoys seeing me suffer.
What Does It Mean for Something to Be Biblical?
Does simply being in the Bible make something biblical? The answer to that question depends on how you define “biblical.”