Beyond Sunday: Washing Hands
"We learn, for one thing, that hypocrites generally attach great importance to mere outward things in religion."
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.
Of Earthquakes and End Times
What’s crucial is to read the text carefully. Wars and rumors of wars should not alarm God’s people. The end is still to come. Such portents do not herald the end!
What is Godliness? Paul's First Letter to Timothy
For Paul godliness is no static, stained-glass word. It is active—kinetic obedience that springs from a reverent awe of God.
Staying in His Love
I am amazed at how certain people will think that, because they were privy to a special time of blessing or a notable time in church history, they are somehow exempt from living the Christian life in the present day.
Beyond Sunday: Be Afraid
Serve the Lord with fear; let reverence and humility be mingled with your service.
Faith for Every Decision
At its heart, the story of Abraham is the story of God's sovereignty over the lives of those with whom He enters a covenant.
Is Your Faith Stuck in the Doldrums?
Without a strong direction toward a place where God is moving, without a secure anchor to keep you grounded, it's easy to drift into a dead zone.
How to Make Right Decisions
As a tool to help you make right decisions from a biblical perspective, I have pulled together 13 questions you should ask when facing a choice. Here they are...
Prayers with Power and Punch
I’m convinced that one of the reasons my prayers often feel “flat” is that I don’t incorporate God’s word into my prayers.
Beyond Sunday: The Gospel in Advance
Christ was the first preacher of the Gospel that ever was. He first preached it to Adam and Eve in the garden, and afterwards to Abraham.
Living as Christian Exiles
Christians are not strangers because they have moved from their homeland to a new country. They are exiles because their identity has so radically changed.
Before You Make That Decision
Many of us face difficult and life-changing decisions. We can be grateful for God’s incredible promise in Psalm 32:8.
Giving Your Life Away
Giving is something we all must practice. It is one of the ways Jesus overcomes the spiritual poverty of our hearts—and alleviates the physical poverty of others in the process.
Why Worrying is a Failure to Grasp the Gospel
The root cause of worry is not misplaced priorities. It's misplaced faith. It's a failure to grasp the gospel of a God worthy of our trust.
Beyond Sunday: Waiting for the Day
The apostle applies this difference of position – namely, that we belong to the day, and that it cannot therefore come upon us as a thief – to the character and walk of the Christian.
Are We Misreading Scripture?
Even without learning the original languages of the Bible, you can get beyond the cultural barriers that may be keeping you from seeing what Scripture really teaches.
What We Can Learn from the Transfiguration
This morning, I focused on Luke 9:28-36, the passage on the transfiguration of Jesus. As I reflected on this text, I realized that what was happening was a heavenly form of gospel community.
Praying the Scripture: A Case Study
I am pretty certain that good praying is not marked by its use of King James English. I think what sticks out in my mind about such individuals is that their prayers are well versed in Scripture.
7 Thoughts on Church Discipline
I am frequently asked about my thoughts on church discipline. I’ve learned that most of the time, when someone asks, they have a personal agenda they are attempting to address, far more than they have a concern for Biblical accuracy.