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.
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.
Five Foundations for Unity in the NT
When reading through the NT, it does not take long to realize that Luke sounds different than John, and Paul different than both of them. So what basis is there for seeing unity in the midst of such diversity?
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.