Beyond Sunday: Giving Good
"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act." - Proverbs 3:27-28
Studying Mark's Gospel: Conflict, Mountaintops, Redefinition
Jesus addressed the heart of our need and the need of our heart to be right with God, not just leaning on external and empty ritual.
The Saint Must Walk Alone
Most of the world's great souls have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness.
Wordplay in Jonah
What is a “bank”? Is it the land beside a river? A financial institution? Yes, depending. It’s ambiguous until you know the context. In a similar (but more sophisticated) way, the author of Jonah plays with words for effect.
Are You a Christian Struggling with Guilt?
Are you a believer, but you can’t seem to shake the feeling of guilt? You know God saved you, but you still feel so much guilt from your past?
Beyond Sunday: All Things Created by Christ, for Christ
Christ's role in creation gives not only unity to all creation, but places it in living connection with Him.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Love, Legalism, and Lordship
Let’s turn to the lessons that this chapter teaches as we look at the love of Jesus, the legalism of the religious leaders, and Jesus’ ultimate lordship over the very things they accused Him of!
The Two Different Outcomes of Affliction
In fact, Christians are promised afflictions, and plenty of them. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” But the outcome of afflictions is different for believers and unbelievers.
Neglecting the Old Testament
In our circles—our pulpits, Sunday school classes, and Bible study groups—the biggest problem is the ignorance and neglect of the Old Testament. We must admit it: a good many evangelical preachers and Bible teachers simply have no idea what to do with the Old Testament.
Remembering Our Place When Wronged
When hurt and abused, we tend to be quicker to punish and revile. We need help. We need God abiding in us. We need to believe and practice what Joseph believed and practiced.
Beyond Sunday: The Sons of God, the Daughters of Man
The sons of Seth intermingled themselves with the excommunicated race of Cain: They took wives of all that they chose.
Studying Mark's Gospel: The Kingdom Is Dawning
As we study this week, we will see an action-packed beginning to Jesus' ministry in the region of Galilee, and see that there is much we can learn from this as well.
How to Cope Theologically with Apostasy
Sadly, I have watched people abandon professions of faith in Christ at a variety of times in my life. I have heard others tell their stories, whom I have encountered only after the fact.
The Secret of Joy: Psalm 126
Psalm 126 shows us not only that “laughter” and God go together but also God and “joy.” This psalm is written to help you discover the secret of joy.
Does the New Testament Misquote the Old Testament?
Sometimes when a New Testament writer quotes the Old Testament, the two passages do not match precisely. Is the New Testament writer misquoting the Old Testament? Or is there another explanation?
Beyond Sunday: Then for the Gentiles
There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (Rom. 2:6-10)
Studying Mark's Gospel: Beginnings
The long awaited time had finally come: God, in the fullness of time, came to our world in the person of His Son.
Walk Thru the Life of Peter: Growing Bold Faith
We are in a relentless, violent spiritual battle against an enemy who doesn't want us to fulfill our calling, either individually or corporately. Whether we have been persecuted like Christians in a hostile culture or not, Peter's words to the persecuted still ring true for us.
What Does It Mean to "Seek the Lord"?
Seeking the Lord means seeking his presence. But aren't his children always in his presence? Yes and no.
I Am a Great Witness… of Lesser Things
We are hardwired to talk to other people about what impresses us the most. Unfortunately, too often our conversation indicates we are far too easily impressed by trivial things.