When God “Rightly” Hurts Us
The Scripture is full of times when God watched and allowed his children to be hurt.
Remember God’s sovereignty. He really is the omnipotent, omniscient, everywhere present King. God really is in control of everything. He foreordains all that comes to pass. Do not listen to your fleshly heart. Do not entertain the lies of Satan. Forget the theologians who presented an impotent God who is powerless to interfere. God is sovereign. ... Continue Reading
All of Us Sinners, None of Us Freaks
Christian convictions for the transgender age
For Paul, gay and lesbian sexual acts are “contrary to nature” — literally “against nature.” At its heart, sex misuse is the toxic runoff of idolatry, but the manifest wrongness of the act is in leading its actors to use gender for anti-natural sex acts. Such abuse of creation is nothing short of rebellion against... Continue Reading
The Spiritual Warfare of Boring Preaching
Jesus was often poorly received — but He never bored
“If lost people don’t like your message because they’re hostile to the gospel, you’re in good company. But if you’re boring the people of God with the Word of God, something has gone seriously awry.” The devil is a preacher. From the third chapter of the Bible onward, he is opening up God’s word... Continue Reading
An Essential Key to Understanding the Development of the NT Canon
For anyone willing to search for it, the internet is packed with myths, mistakes, and misunderstandings about how the whole process really worked
“(1) there was a core canon from a very early time, (2) there was dispute about some of the smaller books that took some time to resolve, (3) Christians continued to find some non-canonical books to be orthodox and helpful, though not Scripture, and (4) some books were so theologically off the mark that they... Continue Reading
Doxology is, literally, a word or words of praise
Doxologies punctuate the Bible because they punctuate the life of faith. This at least was Paul’s understanding of the life of Abraham: “he was strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Rom. 4:20). Let me invite you to take a simple word-association test. The usual procedure for such a test is that the administrator... Continue Reading
I’m Glad Paul Used This Word
I’m glad Paul used the word “perplexed,” because God takes me through many many things I just don’t understand.
When we’re perplexed, we think, “How did this happen?” or “Why is this happening?” and we have no answer. Things don’t seem to line up with our expectations. I thought if I did this, God would do this. If I sowed, I’d reap. Well, you will reap, but before the harvest comes you might have... Continue Reading
When You Are Tempted to Despair
If you are tempted to despair today, for whatever reason, look to Christ.
So when we get sick, I am tempted to despair. I feel helpless, weak, and useless. Questions swirl around my mind all day and night, “Should I switch doctors?” “What’s the long-term effect of this medication?” “When will we get better?” “How long can I go without sleep?” I find myself irritable and impatient. Stressed... Continue Reading
Children Are People Too
First, we need to remember that our children are made in the image of God
Our children are born with inherent worth and individual traits. We should remember that in raising them. It’s amazing to watch our children grow up and become the men and women God has planned for them to be. Each one is unique and has unique challenges and unique gifts. They may not fit our “mold,” but... Continue Reading
The Federal Vision and the Magical Efficacy of Sacraments
Federal Vision holds that every baptized person receives benefits of Christ in the act of the sacrament itself; that baptism makes a decisive change in the inner man.
It is a fatal flaw of the proponents of the Federal Vision that they hold to a view that replaces the work of the Holy Spirit with the magical working of the sacraments, a relic of paganism. It is beside the point that they define efficacy in such a vague way,… that it can be... Continue Reading
Confessions Of A Former Charismatic
From a former charismatic now hearing from God under the ordinary preaching of Scripture.
This is what I found: there were many conversations among the church leaders, or with “discerning members,” who were concerned that there was a diminishing of the prophetic on Sunday or in prayer gatherings. The absence of such words was a sign of sickness. Rather than being glad at the faithful ministry of the Word... Continue Reading