Don’t Waste Your Suffering #2

If our faith is weak, misplaced, or unfuelled we will struggle all the more when suffering hits.

Take the truth of what you do know and use it to trump the uncertainty of what you don’t know. Too often we look at God through the lens of our circumstances. And Satan, like a mad optician, repeatedly inserts the lens of circumstances into the frame and asks us what we think of God now—and... Continue Reading

God Is For Me, Now Who Are You?

Before we were, God was for us.

As sinful children of the devil, we were fatally flawed. We were spiritually blind and could not see. We were spiritually deaf and could not hear. Our hearts were hard, our wills were wicked; we were all dead in our trespasses and sin. However, God was us. He effectually regenerated and irresistibly drew us to... Continue Reading

J.C. Ryle’s Eight Symptoms Of False Teaching

Over 100 years ago, J.C. Ryle shared a similar list that focused on symptoms of false teaching that still has relevance for the church today.

There is a superficial readiness all around to believe anyone who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, forgetting that Satan often masquerades himself as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14). There is a wide-spread ignorance among professing Christians–every heretic who speaks well is surely believed, and anyone who doubts him is called narrow-minded and unloving.... Continue Reading

All Welcome. No Exceptions.

Paul’s was a message of inclusion and sanctification. We must not set them against one another.

The mainline message of inclusion is a good reminder to check our inner Pharisee but it is only the beginning. If we are to respond faithfully to and minister faithfully in the name of our Savior we must articulate and model the first part of the message: “Welcome!” We must also, however, articulate and model... Continue Reading

An Essential Key to Understanding the Development of the NT Canon

The key is understanding the different categories of books in early Christianity.

In sum, understanding these four categories is an essential step in removing misconceptions about the NT canon that seem to abound today.  Knowing these categories can give a person a fairly basic picture of how the canon developed:  (1) there was a core canon from a very early time, (2) there was dispute about some... Continue Reading

Holiness Is Not Our Goal

Our growth in holiness is not our goal. It is only a means to an end.

Obedience to the law of Christ is an outgrowth of our faith in Jesus Christ, and serves the purpose of our communion with him. This goal of communion is clear from God’s presence in the Garden (Gen 3:8), Jesus’ prayer “I in them and you in me” (John 17:23), and our marital consummation when Jesus... Continue Reading

10 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Teaching on Men and Women

Maleness and femaleness are creational, not contractual

“Humanity’s binary gender design as male and female reflects in some mysterious way the nature of God. While sharing a common humanity, the man and the woman are unique and complementary rather than identical.”   1. We were created male and female by divine design. According to the Genesis creation account, God created humanity male... Continue Reading

The Trinity: Impassible Love and Hate

God does not experience sinful emotions nor involuntary emotions

“Our passions ebb and flow in response to the changing world for we ourselves are subject to change. God is without passions, he is not subject to change, but he is not without hatred and he is not without love.”   A month before our son was born my wife came home from the baby... Continue Reading

Revelation and Christian Ethics

Our firm basis for knowing the true, the good, and the right is "divine revelation"

“The departure from divine revelation has brought our culture to chaos in the area of ethics. We have lost our basis of knowledge, our epistemological foundation, for discovering the good.”   At the heart of Christian ethics is the conviction that our firm basis for knowing the true, the good, and the right is divine... Continue Reading

Divine Dew for Dry Souls

Has your soul ever seemed like a desert?

So, dry soul, look up. It is the Lord alone who can refresh you and reinvigorate you. He can make the desert sand blossom into a rose. Each of His three Persons can drench you with dew. Even one of His attributes can saturate your soul. Just one of His words can break the hardest clod. “Lord, come, beautify... Continue Reading