Beware of the leaven...
Job's Loss, Job's Gain: Our Suffering, Our Pain
Job's story raises an important question: How is suffering an opportunity for me to bless others?
Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians?
Jesus does not clearly abolish the Sabbath, nor does he violate its stipulations. But if the Sabbath is a holdover from the Mosaic covenant, are Christians bound to observe it?
Three Things the New Pastor Wants Most
The more I reflected on it, the more I realized any pastor coming into a new church would give a month's salary for these three gifts.
The Odd Couple: Psalms 1 and 2
Psalms 1 and 2 are as different as night and day, but can be studied as one unit using a method scholars call the canonical approach.
Gambling and the Common Good
Too many of our “opponents” see us as morally-prissy Victorians who don’t want people doing “naughty” things in our presence. Let’s demolish that pretense.
Eight Summarizing Words on the Gospel
The gospel is not a narrow set of facts or mere formula to gain entrance to heaven. It is a broad category that holds much of the Bible together---taking people from alienation from God all the way through conversion and discipleship to the new heaven and earth.
Any Other Gospel is Not the Gospel at All
There has to be an explanation why - despite millions who claim to be born-again Christians - the morals of America continue to decline, the young are abandoning their upbringing, and the public square is devoid of seriously-taken Christian voices.
Torah and Truth: Theology in the Obituary Pages
Here we see the great dividing line — those who affirm the Bible as the inspired Word of God and those who see it as a human product.
Who Loves Whom?
When we examine Romans 8:35 closely, and in context, it becomes much clearer what "the love of Christ" refers to... (Read more)
Who is in the Driver’s Seat?
Pride is that which is destroying the testimony of many Christians and has made them very ineffective for God.
12 Steps to Change Your Prayer Life
A dozen details straight from the scriptures to guide your prayers.
Ashamed of the Gospel
Does chasing trends and fads in order to attract crowds and be 'relevant' mean that church leaders are secretly ashamed of the gospel?
Three Steps for Studying the Gospels
A Bible study guide for the Gospels
An Everlasting Picture: Pentecost and the Story of Ruth
Scripture is clear that God is preparing a bride for his Son; this is what all of history is leading up to. Like Ruth, the bride of Christ begins as a foreigner from an immoral land steeped in idolatry; but in our desolation, we commit to him and he takes us in.
Only One Way? The Exclusivity of Jesus Christ and the Gospel
Yes. All roads do lead to the same place--the place of judgment before a holy God. But only the way of faith in Jesus Christ provides salvation.
Pastors and Evolution
1 out of every 5 pastors surveyed admitted that most of their congregation believes in evolution.
What If You're Not Sure About Abortion?
Even among those who have reached a conclusion about abortion, there remains an openness to be persuaded of a different view.
Telling Others the Gospel, Even When It's Difficult
In an effort to be "nice," many Christians today have stopped trying to persuade others to follow Christ. We don't want to offend people or appear strange. So we do nothing.
What is Magic?
Okay, so "magic" is expressly forbidden in the Bible in a variety of ways. But what exactly is it? And are we practicing a form of it in the church?