Missing the Mark
The misconception is that sin is something we do, when it is actually something we do not do.
Most believers have the wrong idea about sin. They have no problem assigning the title of “sinner” to a murderer or drunkard, et cetera, but those of us who are respectable citizens, what about us? Most of us would probably think that sin has not very much to do with us, at least not like... Continue Reading
Let us not forget that self-control is an often-forgotten fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22).
How can we practice self-denial in such a me-centered culture? How can we become more self-controlled if we are seldom forced to tell ourselves ‘no.’ Perhaps it’s healthy to put ourselves in situations where we have to practice self-control by denying ourselves. “Why am I doing this?” It’s a question I often ask myself... Continue Reading
The Real Problem With Be Kind, Please Rewind Theology
The Maker of heaven and earth made you, and knows your name, and calls you to be in a relationship with him.
The most common explanation I’ve heard which is designed to blunt the force of election is the be kind, please rewind form of it. This explanation says that God has looked down the tunnels of time, and saw what you would do (based on your own free will of course), and then rewound the tape,... Continue Reading
What is Preaching?
Preach the Gospel, the whole counsel of God, His Law, His promises, His commandments, and His love.
The preacher that “depends upon what he reads in the newspapers for his message on Sunday” (69), making comments on political matters or anything he likes is a topical preacher. Similarly, a therapeutic preacher’s primary goal or focus is to make the people feel happy and positive about their lives. Both are prime examples of... Continue Reading
Proverbs: A Christian View
The biblical proverbs address all the dimensions of life and offer wisdom to navigate successfully.
This is the “promise” that the book of Proverbs holds out for us. Proverbs are not promises – proverbs are pithy sayings that condense general principles for wise and fruitful living. But in directing us to wise living it does hold out a happy prospect. Notice it again (Prov.1:1-4): 1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of... Continue Reading
Christ’s Ascension and the Present Virus
We can lift our eyes to heaven, not as a pie in the sky, but as a reality that has already begun.
Christ told his disciples that he had to leave in order to send his Spirit, who gave them power to be his witnesses in this world, who has been enriching the church with all the gifts that are necessary for the ministry of the gospel, and who keeps abiding and working in every believer, comforting,... Continue Reading
Jonathan Edwards & Smallpox
Lessons from Edwards’s Fatal Experiment
Number nine of Edwards’s famous resolutions says this, “Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.” Puritans have often been criticized by their constant talk of death. This apparent morbidity was fueled by their view of themselves as pilgrims towards a better city. Edwards... Continue Reading
God’s Answer to Human Suffering
The Cross of Christ and Problem of Pain
The cross appeared to reveal Roman might and Jesus’s weakness, yet paradoxically Christ conquered in seeming defeat, he completed his mission in apparent loss, he saved his people when it looked like he couldn’t save himself.7 This is the cruciform power and wisdom of God that turns conventional wisdom on its head and offers true... Continue Reading
Steven Pinker and WaPo are Wrong. Belief in Heaven Isn’t a COVID Death Wish.
We are all too familiar with the hackneyed charge that thoughts of heaven are delusional. But according to Steven Pinker, they're malignantly so. That’s a new twist.
Essentially, believing in heaven makes those evangelicals impatient with life, eager for death. If you’re inclined to judge this reasoning as dumb on stilts, remember really smart people said it. They are right. You are wrong. Regardless, there is a spectacular demonstration of ignorance at work here. There should be an algebraic equation to... Continue Reading
“In These Uncertain TImes” is the Theme of Entire Human History
It seems hardwired into our DNA to fear what we don’t know.
No politician, health official, or vaccine can provide us with certainty. We shore up the best we can while learning to make peace with ambiguity. We shake hands with uncertainty. As a parade of commercials open with, “During these uncertain times …” eyebrows across the country must raise in a level of incredulity as... Continue Reading