The Proverbs

Proverbs anticipates the One who will vindicate the righteous and reward them for their service.

A single proverb is not designed for every circumstance in this life. We do not expect an uninspired proverb to apply at all times. The same maxim applies to the Spirit-inspired Proverbs of Solomon. Dr. R.C. Sproul uses the English proverbs “look before you leap” and “he who hesitates is lost” to illustrate this point.... Continue Reading

Where Are You Going This Sunday?

A heart changed by God’s Spirit would not ride roughshod over his commands.

What is the greatest commandment? To love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and all your mind. And the second? Love your neighbour as yourself. Now, how do those two great commandments stack up next to: I preferred basketball to meeting with God’s people to worship him... Continue Reading

What Is the Bible, Anyway?

The Bible is a lamp that guides us through and out of this world.

The Bible is solid food that strengthens the mature. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food…” (Hebrews 5:12)   We Christians spend a lot of time reading the Bible, hearing it... Continue Reading

Five Hard Lessons Learned from the Fall of a Once Revered Evangelical Leader

Pray for your leaders, especially for those who have a big platform.

While many have expressed sympathy for the fallen former church leaders, I believe that the Lord is much more concerned for the sheep who have been harmed by their former shepherds’ abandonment of Christ and His church. Woe to such false shepherds (Ezek. 34:2), who fed themselves by soaking up the adulation of the crowds... Continue Reading

Fixing Those Idiots

We need to be more aware of how our words reflect upon our hearts and on our Christ.

Go ahead and scroll through your favorite feed and tell me that people aren’t continually berating, belittling, mocking, and smearing each other. They are, and Jesus has a word for that – murder. Matthew 5:21-22 is absolutely clear that anger and name-calling are the fruit of murderous hearts. To avoid confusion let me say, I’m... Continue Reading

The Church as Incubator

The light of Christ must shine with clarity of God’s truth and warmth of His love.

The heart of Christian discipleship is growing to know Jesus, beholding Him through faith, loving Him who first loved us. To grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ sets the trajectory of the Christian life. Grace points us away from self to Christ. We decrease; Christ increases. Our unworthiness, waywardness, and inability lead us... Continue Reading

Probably Not Your Life Verse: Considering Hate in Psalm 139:21-22

For even one sinner to be acquitted, a just price must be paid.

It’s not hard to be upset at the evils and ungodliness around us in the culture. But, walking with this holy God is not only relevant for the world around me. It has implications upon my thoughts and attitudes inside of me. It’s easy to turn on the TV and get mad at everything going... Continue Reading

We Shepherd Sheep, Not Beasts of Burden

People should never feel that we are angry with them when we preach.

When it comes to motivating our people, we may need to be firm, yet we should always be gentle. We do not need to breathe fire, nor do we need to yell at them. Back in the day people might have been motivated that way, and in some circles maybe they still are. But that... Continue Reading

The Psalms

From the Psalms the Christian will learn what it is to sing praise to our gracious Savior God.

Not only are many of the Psalms examples of prayer, but even those that are not give us wonderful resources for opening our own hearts to God. Look, for example, at the opening verses of Psalm 18. David calls God his strength, his rock, his fortress, his deliverer, his refuge, his shield, the horn (that... Continue Reading

Some Things Are Worth Doing Poorly

As G.K. Chesterton put it, “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.”

I’ve been wanting to get better at scheduling more intentional one-on-one time with each of my children. Life keeps pushing in on my idea, though, and it’s easy to put it off and say “after this week, things will be different” or “this is just a crazy couple of months”, while waiting for some magical... Continue Reading

Narratives of Surprising Conversions

The blood is offensive. But there is power in it.

That night dear Billy got up and started at Genesis and went right through the whole Bible and he talked about every single blood sacrifice you can imagine. The blood was just flowing all through Great St. Mary’s everywhere for three-quarters of an hour. And both my neighbors were terribly embarrassed by this crude proclamation... Continue Reading

Loving the Church, For Better or Worse

The church showed me acts of kindness and fellowship that I recall with affection to this day.

I love the church. I fully endorse Calvin’s way of putting it (and the shadow of Cyprian that lies behind it): “For there is no other way to enter into life unless this mother conceive us in her womb, give us birth, nourish us at her breast, and lastly, unless she keep us under her... Continue Reading

Jesus is Bigger than Your Fear

We have a hope greater than our fear, the hope that Jesus has sent us the Helper.

If you are a follower of Christ, the same Spirit who hovered over the waters of creation now dwells within your heart, guarding your fragile spirit and bringing the Truth to bear upon your mind. Dwelling within you now is the same Spirit who emboldened Peter and John—those uneducated and common men—to powerfully proclaim the... Continue Reading

God Created Family to Picture His Truth

God has given us family as a way to picture other things, a way to understand other realities.

The good news of the gospel is that God has a family, and we are invited to become part of it. When we put our faith in Jesus, we are adopted by the Father and become his children. Ephesians 1:4 says, “In love, he [the Father] predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through... Continue Reading

Stewardship and the Call to Ministry

As you look to future ministry, begin today the process of preparing for the work that God has placed before you!

If you are convinced that God has called you into His service, then you must be faithful to the task he has placed before you. Imagine the horror of Isaiah hearing the call of God to proclaim the truth and then choosing to walk away into the Judean desert the first time he ran into... Continue Reading

Two Recent Meals and Hungering for Righteousness

When you have a satisfying meal, when a meal is the best and it fills you, you want that meal again.

The One who created us is the One who can satisfy us. Jesus has a monopoly on our satisfaction yet He does not price gouge us. He offers us Himself for free. The Lord says: “Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the water; and you without silver, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine... Continue Reading

The Reality of Disappointment

Disappointment is a gauge of how a person perceives his life—what he believes about it and wants from it.

Adam lost his spot in an ideal reality by disobeying God, who sent him and his wife out of Eden and into the ultimate disappointment of a world stalked by death and decay (Gen. 3:8–24). A world that was once generous with fruit became hostile with thorns. This is the reality that Adam’s grandchildren have... Continue Reading

A Subversive Netflix Documentary Titled “The Family”

This film mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda.

What troubled me most about this film is how it mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda. This film could not have been made fifteen years ago. It would have provoked massive blowback. But a lot has changed in the last fifteen years, and it is now okay to caricature Christians and publicly denounce them for their beliefs.... Continue Reading

Why Do We Suffer So Much?

Five Lessons from Richard Baxter

Affliction will come. Evil is truly evil. Our world is truly broken. Yet God is truly sovereign, wise, and good. And in God’s gracious providence the afflictions of the saints are not a means of death but rather a path to more satisfaction in God alone. Trust the giver of your afflictions to woo you... Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Like Inductive Bible Study

My criticism is for the label.  “Inductive” is just not the right term for it.

“Inductive” Bible study often gets billed as the way to allow the details of Scripture to shape our thinking, since we eliminate preconceptions, begin with the details of a passage, and build a belief system from there. The problem is that inductive reasoning does not work this way. The difference between induction and deduction has... Continue Reading

God Created Family to Picture His Truth

If we understand family, we have language and concepts that help us understand certain truths about God.

Family pictures the Trinity, the gospel, and Jesus Christ. It also pictures the church and the relationship between Christians. Spend time around Christians and you’ll soon hear someone speak of “brothers and sisters.” That’s not just a charming little quirk, but a spiritual reality that follows from our adoption into the family of God.  ... Continue Reading

Humble Yourselves under the Mighty Hand of God, that He May Exalt You at the Proper Time

This does not mean that we will avoid fiery trials.

Peter’s message to all of us here is that we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt us, casting all our anxieties on him, because he cares for us. Humbling oneself under the mighty hand of God is an Old Testament symbol of the power... Continue Reading

Three Little Words That Change Everything

No, not those three words—although we say them, too!

My rally cry is “God is for me!” He’s for me. That changes everything. God’s not looking down on us ready to write us off when we fail. He’s for us. He’s cheering us on as we live to and for his glory. He’s supplying the strength to resist our enemy and watch him flee. ... Continue Reading

Why I Wish We Hadn’t Lived Together before Marriage

Here are five reasons I wish my husband and I hadn’t moved in together before saying “I do.”

Don’t compare your relationship to buying a car. A car is something you use. Marriage is intended for something more than our own selfish desires—it reflects the relationship of Christ and His bride, the church. Marriage is giving, sacrificing, and choosing to put your spouse’s interests above your own. No test driving and giving it... Continue Reading

Digital Dementia And The Mind Of Christ

We must be both mentally and spiritually equipped to defend against mechanized attempts to subvert the mind of Christ.

We must continue to deflect and destroy the subtle but deadly influence of these digital delusions and submit completely to the guiding revelation of the Bible. Man’s corrupting technology and imagination must be toppled from its lofty height and God’s word must once more take its rightful place in our minds as “frontlets between our... Continue Reading

Your Sin is Not Your Friend

While the lure of sin looks shiny and desirable, the hook sinks deep.

For the Christian, we have a new life and a new identity. We are not who we once were. In Jesus Christ, we died to our old way of life and have been raised to walk in newness of life. When sin crouches at your door, remind yourself that this is not who you are... Continue Reading

Sarah Edwards: Jonathan’s Home and Haven

“What shall I say? A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands upon our mouths!”

Sarah Edwards was the supporter and protector and home-builder for Jonathan Edwards, whose philosophy and passion for God is still vital 300 years after his birth. She was the godly mother and example to eleven children who became the parents of outstanding citizens of this country, and — immensely more important to her — many... Continue Reading

The Logical Fallacies of the Contemporary Social Justice Movement: A Review of “The Color of Compromise”

Because proponents of social justice and identity politics have claimed the moral high ground, they often attempt to discredit those who oppose their assertions.

When racism is defined as a belief or practice that regards one race as inferior to another, Christians certainly should be at the forefront of confronting racism and calling for repentance. But proponents of the contemporary social justice movement have adopted a more expansive definition of racism. Their basic claim is that today’s whites are... Continue Reading

The Future: How Does God Know It?

Not just selectively but exhaustively God knows all that will be.

Not just selectively but exhaustively God knows I am very willing to describe the “openness” theology as virtual atheism. It has defined God in a way that strips him of that which according to God himself is essential to his deity. But in all this discussion the question at some point must be asked, How does God... Continue Reading

Deep Theology

Our union with Christ is created by the indwelling of the Spirit of the incarnate Son who Himself is “in” the Father as the Father is “in” Him.

To be united to Christ is to share in a union created by the indwelling of the Spirit of the incarnate Son who Himself is “in” the Father as the Father is “in” Him. Union with Christ means nothing less than fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity. It is not that the divine... Continue Reading