What Is the "Sin Unto Death" (1 John 5:16b)?
If we knew who those people were who had so hardened their hearts that they had committed what Jesus calls blasphemy against the Spirit (Matt. 12:32) so that God gives them over to their depravity (Rom. 1:24, 26, 28), we could stop praying for them, knowing it was pointless. But we don't have such knowledge.
God’s Words or Man’s Words? Understanding the Doctrine of Inspiration
If the Bible is made up of words that have come from God, why are the writings of the 40 different authors of the various books of the Bible distinct in their style, approach, vocabulary, and perspective?
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.
Teaching Our Children Through Prayer
I believe that when we pray with our children, our children learn about our relationship with the Lord and what we believe about God. Let’s look at three things we teach our children when they listen to us pray.
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.
New Year's Resolutions
The fact of the matter is that the transforming work of grace is more of a mundane process than it is a series of a few dramatic events. Personal heart and life change is always a process.
New Year = New Trend? Let’s Hope So
At the beginning of a new year, it may be worth praying that a new cultural trend will accompany the new calendar.
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?
Unwrapping Christmas: The Gift of Love
As we unwrap the gifts of Christmas this year, we can’t help but mention God’s love. It was because of His great love for you and me that we even have a Christmas to celebrate!
When God Comes Down
The high and exalted Lord stoops. He lives with the lowly and oppressed. He comes down. God condescends to us.
Women in Jesus' Genealogy
There are five women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. In a time when genealogies didn’t normally contain even a single female name, why are these women included? And what does their presence imply?
The Complexities of Christmas
Not everything is as “wonderful” this time of the year as we think. For many, it is the most stressful, demanding, and overwhelming time of the year, with challenges awaiting from all facets of life.
Josephus (not Luke) Misdated Quirinius’s Census
John Rhoads argues in a recent article that it was Josephus, not Luke, who misdated Quirinius’s census. Is he right?
How can Christian leaders continue to follow this counter-intuitive approach? Central to the answer to this question is recognizing the eternal glory that awaits us after we suffer.
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.
5 Suggestions for Teaching Children Honesty
Raising our children to be honest is an important part of our parenting. With that desire in mind, here are five suggestions to encourage honesty in your children.
The Christmas True or False Quiz
If the following appear in Scripture (in the original languages of course), answer true. If not, answer false.