6 Reasons Why Adam and Eve’s Eating of the Forbidden Fruit Was a Terrible Transgression Against God
Making sense of why Jesus had to succeed where Adam failed.
The moment Adam and Eve ate the fruit, their eyes were opened—but not in the way Satan led them to believe. They painfully saw the shame of their sin and rebellion against God and attempted in vain to hide from him. The theologian Herman Bavinck writes: “Why did God create the world? the answer... Continue Reading
The Priority of Grace
Diving Further into Justification
God must work in us before we can move towards him. Our hope is founded upon the reality that God first moves graciously towards us and works within us before we come to him in faith. We thus are dependent upon God’s grace from the first to the last. According to the Bible, humanity... Continue Reading
Communicable Attributes: How Kind of You!
Called to emulate God’s character, we must go to the Teacher himself.
Those who are the best models of kindness are those who understand, model, and wisely teach others what the Teacher Himself has taught. As Paul reminded Timothy, “the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach,” etc. (2 Tim 2:24). Kindness is one of God’s communicable attributes, those He... Continue Reading
Guerrilla Cultural Warfare
The signs are there that churches are being riven by the culture wars.
Guerrilla warfare has reached the pews. What will our response be? Perhaps it’s less vociferous in the rest of the West, but as they say, when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold, or a virus more deadly perhaps. That’s totally possible. The Culture War threatening to tear the West apart... Continue Reading
How Creating a Context Vacuum Sucks Us into Overwriting God’s Word
Changing the context changes the meaning.
Reading a verse in isolation creates a context vacuum that is quickly filled with our own life context, which creates a new meaning. God’s intended meaning is overwritten by our own meaning. It’s easy to overwrite the meaning of God’s word. We can do it without trying because the process is almost automatic. That’s... Continue Reading
Teaching Kids Regular Rhythms of Worship
In worship, we hear Christ speak and then, by faith, respond.
During the Reformation, John Calvin saw a need to help the church rehearse gospel rhythms when it gathered for worship. His liturgy, or order of worship, followed three movements—a cycle of adoration, a cycle of renewal, and a cycle of commitment. When you think about explaining a worship service to kids, you might say... Continue Reading
What Is Your Area of Influence?
Each one of us has a particular and unique area of influence.
We all have our own gifts and callings that can be used, and if nothing else, we all live in a particular sphere of family and friends that no one else does. So the close relationships one person has with his own family members, his circles of friends, his workmates or classmates, etc, are largely... Continue Reading
To Be or Not to Be—Thankful
If everything that exists, exists by chance, and thus has no purpose, how can anyone be grateful for anything if they believe that nothing has any purpose?
What is so wonderful is that this great and good God is our Lord, the one whom we serve. In our service to Him, we glorify and enjoy Him. We glorify Him because He is our true joy in life, and we enjoy Him because He is truly glorious. We have a profound and significant... Continue Reading
What Is Thanksgiving Day?
Thanksgiving is an American holiday that stretches all the way back to a time long before America became a nation.
We should not be counted among those who see the fourth Thursday in November as nothing more than a day of football and over-indulgence. We should be thankful for one day set apart to consider all that we have and realize that all that we have has been given to us. Of course, such gratitude... Continue Reading
The Necessary Vigilance of Religious Freedom
Principles to guide believers as they practice their faith in relation to civil authority and within the church.
The principle is that the Christian must never submit to extra-biblical regulations upon religious observance as mandatory. To do so would be to lay down the freedoms which we have obtained in Christ as a matter of obedience to another authority. When we submit to the will of others in extra-biblical religious matters, we must... Continue Reading