A Match Made in Heaven

Why conservative evangelicals have lined up behind Trump

Evangelicals in the early republic nurtured a deep suspicion of an encroaching federal government, and many were happy to collaborate with heterodox politicians who felt the same way. Thomas Jefferson may have taken a razor to his personal copy of the Gospels, excising the tales of miracles, but he had friends among the Baptists, who... Continue Reading

How Do I Handle Life’s Upsets?

Spend Less Time on “Why” and More Time on “Who”

Someone we love gets sick. Why? Was it something they did? Something they didn’t do? In most cases, the answer is, “who knows?” Sickness is a part of the world as a result of the fall. It’s an upset that merely results from life in a broken world. Reframing an upset in this fashion helps... Continue Reading

Refusing to be Encouraged

There are times when we refuse to be encouraged or comforted or complimented.

But there is a sense in which we want to retain personal responsibility. Sure, Christ is the one who strengthens me. He is the one in whom I can all things. But I am the one doing those things. I chose to undertake them and to put out the effort to do them well. Like... Continue Reading

God Still Uses Ordinary Means And Ordinary Men

Through the ordinary means of ordinary men, God used preachers.

Through the ordinary means of ordinary men, God used preachers. These preachers gave them a reason to live. They freed them up to live by giving them a kingdom bigger than their own. We shrink-wrap our world and vision to the size of our lives. God used the prophets to increase their kingdom view–from the... Continue Reading

Glorious Traitors

We are born into the world “in Adam,” that is, as glorious traitors

“Total depravity does not mean that we are as bad as we can possibly be. After all, even Gentiles sometimes follow the dictates of their conscience (Rom. 2:14–16). Rather, it means that just as God’s image encompasses our whole self, the bondage of sin does as well.”   Secular humanism has no way of explaining... Continue Reading

How to Fight for Faith in the Dark

Depression usually causes a person to feel only gloom and despair, no matter what they’re thinking

When all you feel is gloom, it becomes very hard to have hope, no matter what you read in Scripture. As someone who labored under a lot of depression and anxiety throughout my life, I know that it usually doesn’t help a depressed person to say, “Just believe God’s word more!”   I’ve often said... Continue Reading

We Need More ‘Parlour Preachers’

The 19th-century English pastor and author Charles Bridges writes in his book The Christian Ministry that we need more “parlour preaching”

“Some today have used the term Gospel Fluency to describe a similar work (see Jeff Vanderstelt’s Gospel Fluency). In short, ones who are fluent in the gospel have their mother tongue in the gospel. They see and hear the world through the gospel filter and demonstrate an ability to speak the gospel into the everyday... Continue Reading

TULIP and Reformed Theology: Irresistible Grace

God, and God alone, has the power to change the disposition of the soul and the human heart to bring us to faith.

If, indeed, we are dead in sins and trespasses, if, indeed, our wills are held captive by the lusts of our flesh and we need to be liberated from our flesh in order to be saved, then in the final analysis, salvation must be something that God does in us and for us, not something... Continue Reading

Why the Lord’s Prayer Is So Offensive

Anyone who thinks that isn’t offensive simply hasn’t been paying attention.

The Lord’s Prayer is not mild, inoffensive, vanilla, listless, nominal, wishy-washy, or wallpapery. If you don’t worship the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is deeply subversive, upsetting, and offensive—from the first phrase to the last.   Several months ago there was a kerfuffle over an advertisement in which the Lord’s Prayer is prayed by... Continue Reading

Whatever You Do, Do It to the Glory of God

If we think that the God of Scripture has no relation to plastic or political elections, we err and rob God of his glory.

The Bible is sufficient for the purpose God gave it. It is concerned with our redemption. But it is not only concerned with our redemption. It is also concerned with God’s glory and our faith and life. Paul also tells us that what is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). If we study the... Continue Reading