Rethinking Halloween through 7 Scary Stories of the Bible
A couple years ago my friend and co-worker Fred Alberti shared with me a lesson he prepared for the boys' class he was teaching. It was a big hit in that it didn't focus on the meaning of Halloween or whether we as Christians should celebrate it. Rather, it just provided another way to get the lads excited about the Scriptures...
Digging up Peter's World
Historical texts and archaeological discoveries tell us about Peter’s life and times.
Beyond Sunday: Good News... Even for Them
As we read these words carefully we realize that the reason why Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh was that those who lived there were the enemies of his people.
Walk Thru the Book of John: Encountering a Surprising Savior
Sadly, religious people have often opposed the moves of God throughout history. That's because God doesn't fit our expectations, and he sometimes upsets the balance of institutions and their leaders.
Unworthy of the Cross
The fact that Christ died for us is never given in Scripture as a proof of our value as wonderful people, but a demonstration of his unfathomable love. So unfathomable that he would die for rotten people, “wretches” like you and me.
Christ the Builder, Christ the Perfecter
For the Christian, the sanctified lifestyle and sent lifestyle go hand in hand. To pursue holiness apart from mission or to pursue mission apart from holiness is to pursue a path contrary to the way of Christ.
Why Pentecostals Don’t Preach Expository Sermons
I am an expository preacher, and I am also a Pentecostal. Admittedly, these two categories are not often used in the same sentence.
Beyond Sunday: A Different Righteousness
God's people are righteous when they are in a right relation with him, when they enjoy his salvation.
God and the Ideas of Man, Part 2
Let us observe some of the steps of the process, the stages through which the man and woman went after they were bemused by the dogmatism of Satan.
Does Your Inside Match Your Outside?
Outwardly they honored God. But they had no love for God. Their hearts – their inner persons – were impure – they acted religious to be noticed by men, not to please God.
What was the sin of Nadab and Abihu? The text of Leviticus 10:1-7 is ultimately unclear about this. Nevertheless, many people have contemplated this question, and there are many suggestions out there.
The Dangerous Job of Being a Cupbearer
Imagine a job where having a bad attitude doesn’t just get you reprimanded—it gets you executed.
Beyond Sunday: The Human Drift
If the path of accommodation and compromise continues unabated, eventually the church reaches a point of friendship with the world. This is an extremely dangerous place for the believer.
God and the Ideas of Man, Part 1
There is no doubt at all that judged from almost any angle you like, Genesis 3 is one of the most important chapters in the entire Bible.
Build in Layers
It helps to consider your life with God as a wall that is being built. Good materials, the right tools, and sound construction principles are required, if your wall is to stand.
A Deeper Look at Healing
God designed us to be whole people—body, soul, and spirit. And God cares about the totality of who we are, not just our spiritual side. The health of our bodies matters to him; he knows and cares when we’re sick.
A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount
There are three general questions about Jesus’ Beatitudes which need to be asked. These concern the people described, the qualities commended and the blessings promised.
The shortest verse in the English Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.
Beyond Sunday: Coming to an End
In many ways, the sudden end of Acts reminds us that the story of the church has only just begun.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Review
As we have discovered over this season, Mark isn’t the comic book/Reader’s Digest Gospel it appeared on the surface. Here's an overview to help in your studies.