More Than a Shibboleth
Rightly minister the means of grace.
The heart of Pharisaism was to trust in rituals—even God-ordained, biblical rituals—rather than in the God of the ritual. In one sense, the Pharisees were committed to the ordinary means of the Word of God; however, they perverted the teaching of the Word by denying the Christ of the Word. They were committed to fasting,... Continue Reading
Black Lives Matter and the Christian
By advocating for gender ideology, BLM rejects the basic truths of human dignity in the natural law.
A new era of authentic love and justice is needed and will begin with a Christian revival of love for God and neighbor. This love is the only force powerful enough to bring lasting healing. The Christian faithful must rededicate themselves to love through spiritual and corporal works of mercy that serve communities of color... Continue Reading
If God is Sovereign, Why Bother Praying?
God folds our prayers into his sovereign plans.
One of the evidences that prayer is God’s mechanism for effecting things in the world is that he frequently and clearly answers them. Every time God answers our prayers, our faith in his ability to work, in his sovereignty, in his goodness, increases. We see that ours is a God who is able and willing... Continue Reading
Cancel Culture And Christian Culture
Jesus doesn’t cancel sinners like George Whitefield: he cancels their sin.
So, although George Whitefield’s presence may not be welcomed anymore by sinners at the University of Pennsylvania, that’s okay—his presence is welcomed forever by his sinless saviour in heaven. Cancel culture says some sinners’ names should be blotted out of history books. However, Christian culture—the gospel—says some sinners’ names are inked by the blood of... Continue Reading
The Compromised Church is Rooted in Spiritual Blindness
When people worship what is not worthy of worship instead of worshipping God, He will give them over to whatever it is.
The Compromised Church is very attractive to the world. Why not, after all, it’s worldly. It has no requirements of repentance or denying of self or dying to self. Instead people go to these “mega-churches” to be entertained for a couple of hours and told that they are fine and are on their way to... Continue Reading
Do Whites Need Corporate Repentance for Historical Racial Sins?
There are categories for sin and reconciliation that can address these problems without committing us to unbiblical assumptions and ideas.
We should be very careful in how we parse issues of guilt, repentance, and reconciliation. We sympathize with Christians and Christian leaders who are passionate to see the church in the vanguard of demonstrating racial unity, care for the vulnerable, and a desire for just laws. But we must always allow our theology to be... Continue Reading
Ecclesiastes: The Fear of God Gives Joy Amid Frustration
Christians ought to respond to their world in a way unlike anyone else, and Ecclesiastes explains why.
The book of Ecclesiastes shows us there are no pat answers in matters pertaining to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He does whatever he pleases, which often will look to us like “time and chance” (Eccl 9:11). But his word never fails, his promises are sure, and his commandments are not... Continue Reading
Snake or Seraph? The Identity of the Serpent in Genesis 3 (Part 2)
The superiority of the serpent over the humans also suggests an angelic creature.
In other words, the ancient Near Eastern mythical concept of semi-divine dragon-like creatures may reflect the nations’ faint memory of that primeval serpent-like creature in Eden. The fact that the angelic guardian-creatures called “cherubim” (כרובים) were also present in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:24; Ezek 28:12–16)29 lends further support to the view that the “primeval serpent”... Continue Reading
Those Who Leap Over the Threshold
We can have confidence in the power of the Spirit. He is the Lord of thresholds,
Missionaries would be wise to keep an eye out for the presence and importance of threshold rituals among our focus people groups. Some of them, like those of my Melanesian teacher, will be so serious as to warrant repudiation as an expression of true faith. Others, like those in my Central Asian context, are not... Continue Reading
How the Psalms Teach Us Contentment
Above all, the psalmists chief desire was a longing for God.
Christians today can be joyfully content in the Lord in the midst of food shortages, persecution, relational and church conflict, protests, unemployment, illness, death and everything else under the sun because Christians do not find life and purpose in those things. Life cannot be found in those things, because life cannot be found in created... Continue Reading