Let Not Many Be Teachers
May Christ raise up teachers for His church, and may He tame their tongues to teach in a way that honors Him.
There should not be many teachers because everyone struggles in what he says, including those who would be teachers. In other words, as James speaks to everyone about the tongue (cf. James 3:2, “we all…anyone”), he also provides the tongue as a test for who should or not be teachers (cf. James 3:1–8). We might ask ourselves... Continue Reading
What is Rest?
This is one of those questions that no one other than me was asking. But here’s my apophatic answer. Rest is not relaxation.
Jesus is the man of rest. Rest is the coming kingdom. Rest is Sunday together. The day of stopping has moved from the seventh day to the first day because we now start from rest rather than finish in it. Which is why we’re all so knackered when church is online during the pandemic. ... Continue Reading
9 Ways to Kill Sin in Your Life
Help from John Owen in the mortification of sin.
Owen viewed these particulars as the “ways and means whereby a soul may proved to the mortification of any particular lust and sin…” Since none of these particulars can be accomplished without the Spirit, Owen viewed them as the means by which the Spirit works upon the heart of the believer to accomplish mortification. ... Continue Reading
New Religions for a New Age
Tara Isabella Burton’s wonderful "Strange Rites" charts some of the wide array of movements among Millennials that are taking on religious character.
Burton outlines three new religious movements vying for dominance, none of which would call itself a religion but at least two of which are widely described in religious terms. The book takes us on a journalistic tour of some examples of “pick & mix” religion before describing three movements that Burton describes as religions.... Continue Reading
The Privileges That Are Ours
We have already received a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
When we have seen the privileges that are already ours, we have every reason to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and persevere in penitential faith until that which is now ours in part becomes ours in whole and forever. The letter to the Hebrews, as our studies throughout the year have shown, is full... Continue Reading
Slot Machine Christianity
Are we hoping for our "investment" to pay off?
Christ-centered hope grounds us and keeps us from drifting into the lie that our own efforts will result in a reward for success—or punishment for failure. Jesus has already borne our punishment and he gives us his very life. That’s not a gamble, but a sure thing. I’m not sure I fully understand the... Continue Reading
We must seek to understand not only what is being said but why someone may be saying it in a manner different than we might say it.
If we don’t seek to know the personality and temperaments of our opponents, we will run the risk of dealing with everyone monolithically. This will only further the heat and the contentions that brew on account of either real or perceived, serious or minor, differences. We love the idea of diversity, until it cuts... Continue Reading
In 1997 WORLD uncovered a plan to reshape the most popular English translation of the Bible.
By 1999 Zondervan, IBS, and the CBT were back at it. After pledging just two years earlier “to discontinue all plans to develop a new, gender-neutral version of the NIV,” they hinted at a new “rendition” that would be gender-neutral. In early 1997 a call came to the Olasky home with a tip: The... Continue Reading
Men, Anger, and Gender Differences
Do men and women process anger in different ways?
As our society recognises harmful versions of masculinity, it’s good to be reminded that God is also in opposition. God does not condone sinful anger, and neither should the church. One of the few heresies today is to suggest that there are many if any differences between men and women. We are even at... Continue Reading
Have You Tasted Heaven?
Does heaven really exist? I see undeniable evidence that it exists; I have tasted of is fruits.
I have tasted the fruit of a distant land and have within me a growing longing to taste it again, to taste it all the more, to leave this land and settle in that place of such delights, of such wonder. For though I do not know exactly where that place is, and though I... Continue Reading