The Still More Glorious Day
The cross was not the defeat it had seemed to be. Rather it was a defiant, emphatic, all-powerful victory.
The day Jesus rose, he planted an invincible, unshakable flag of hope over the grave. How could anything ever surpass his victory? Only he could author a more glorious day, and he has, a day that is coming soon. “The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed”... Continue Reading
What Does It Mean to Be a Man in the Home?
In keeping with God’s original design, as restored in the Lord Jesus Christ, a true man, as rooted in his essential, Godgiven identity, will reflect characteristics of his design.
Men may feel under great pressure at times as providers and leaders. Without God, living out all their roles adequately, or even with excellence, is virtually impossible. It’s a high calling to be ultimately held accountable for all that occurs in their family (and in the case of elders, the church). It is at this... Continue Reading
Tending the Vine
The Father will purge those who are not united to Christ by the Holy Spirit and will prune those who are united to Christ in their effectual calling.
Jesus says that every branch aligned with Him that does not bear fruit, His Father the vinedresser will remove. When Jesus says the Father takes away a branch, he is not speaking of someone losing salvation because they were slacking in their efforts at obedience. Rather, fruitlessness betrays lifelessness. The vine and branches is a metaphor... Continue Reading
Responding to Craig’s Proposals On The Eternal Generation Of The Son
Craig concludes his paper with a restatement of his thesis that the doctrine of eternal generation should be replaced with a model of social trinitarianism.
Craig’s claim that eternal generation should be rejected on exegetical, historical/philosophical, and theological grounds is itself open to challenge and debate. Furthermore, the alternative of social trinitarianism creates more problems than it solves. In the end, the Nicene doctrine of eternal generation should not be quickly abandoned by Christians. Properly understood, it most faithfully reflects... Continue Reading
He Knows What Is In The Darkness
We were not created to live in darkness.
There is something tremendous in this statement. So often, we see darkness around us. Daniel was living in dark days. He and his friends had been taken into captivity, forced to learn the foreign ways, and even had their Hebrew names changed. There was much darkness in their world, but they were learning that their... Continue Reading
Death in the Pot and the Meaning of Scripture
When reading Scripture consider these two questions: What is God teaching me about Himself? What is God requiring of me? We’ll then begin to accurately understand the meaning.
Most of us have never experienced a famine. We live in a land of such abundance of food that we have become vain to the point of widespread gluttony, excess, wastefulness, and discontent. How thankful should Christians be to the Lord for the abundance of food He provides each and every day? And Elisha... Continue Reading
The Rarest Commodity
Ultimately, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are only found in Jesus Christ.
When we come to Christ, we learn to live in a way that is pleasing to God. We seek after His instruction and walk in His ways. Jesus is the rarest commodity–the eternal wisdom of God and sole source of righteousness and life. It is Him we must learn to seek, find, and acquire more... Continue Reading
No Longer I Who Mother
Our strength, endurance, and joy can be daily and rigorously rooted in who Christ is for us and who we are in him.
When your children mature and become less dependent on you, and you start to feel useless, remember that in Christ you were created for good works before time began (Ephesians 2:10). God has important and necessary tasks for you in this new season. Those good works may have been more focused on your children for... Continue Reading
The Holy Love of God
Augustine of Hippo pointed out that the desire of every human heart is to experience a love that is transcendent.
The love of God is in a class by itself. It transcends our experience. Nevertheless, it is a love that He shares in part with us and expects us to manifest to each other. He grants to His people—insofar as is possible given the Creator-creature distinction—His holy love (Rom. 5:5). Long ago, Augustine of... Continue Reading
If You Think God Is Wrong, You Can Never Be Right.
If your explanation of the conquest of Canaan begins with “we cannot excuse or justify” what God has done, you are no longer doing Christian theology.
Christian theology takes it as axiomatic that God is good. He never does anything wrong. If your explanation of the conquest of Canaan begins with “we cannot excuse or justify” what God has done, you are no longer doing Christian theology. Your sources may be wrong. Your understanding of your sources may be wrong. You... Continue Reading