Gentleness – All About Communication

In the New Testament, gentleness usually has to do with communication, both verbal and non-verbal.

Gentle people reach out to others in ways that make others want to reach out to them. Communication is easy, or at least looks easy, for the Christian who has disciplined himself to bear such fruit. Are you gentle? Ask yourself, “do others welcome me readily when I approach them?” And “do others easily come... Continue Reading

What is the Object of Our Zeal?

We may not be tempted to worship Baal this week, but where is "grace" used to excuse sin today?

Disparage and mock people who disagree with us because we are obviously “right?” Thus our “rightness” takes precedence over loving our neighbor? Not only is pride at stake but the fear of losing what makes us feel safe and perhaps our identity? Dull our consciences or compromise our ethics for the sake of a political... Continue Reading

Three Types of Evangelistic Contexts: Contact, Context, and Friendship

Few things are more enjoyable than being in partnership with the God of the universe.

Many say that contact evangelism and context evangelism is beyond their comfort zone. They prefer to keep their evangelism in the realm of talking with friends. But friendship evangelism also has its challenges. Often, the friendship has grown and developed, sometimes for years, and the topic of spiritual things has never percolated to the surface.... Continue Reading

White-Knuckling, Navel-Gazing, & Womanhood

The cultural baggage we bring to our understanding of biblical womanhood is an idol that is tremendously hard to kill. Especially when we’ve made that idol our identity.

Somehow, we’ve wrongfully made the home the most significant battle of biblical womanhood. We’ve taken a couple of passages in God’s word and turned them into the entirety of what it means to be a woman. We’ve taken our identities as females and caged them in Titus 2:3-5 and Proverbs 31. We’ve camped out in... Continue Reading

Braving Hard Passages: The Analogy of Scripture

Creativity is not always the best virtue to rely upon when it comes to interpreting a hard passage.

The point?  You must decide between Jesus and your money.  In other words, who or what is your God?  Rather than build your heaven on earth, Jesus is calling you to be generous and so store up treasure in heaven.  Or to put it another way, have a good eye rather than an evil one. ... Continue Reading

Saved by the Life of God’s Son (Romans 5:1-11)

The full present and future life of the believer can never be separated from the resurrection life of Christ.

It is not simply the resurrection as an event that is in view, however. Paul does not say, we shall be saved by his resurrection, but ‘by his life,’ and therefore it is the exalted life of the Redeemer that is intended. The resurrection is in the background as conditioning the exaltation life.   The... Continue Reading

When the Unbeliever Departs: The Aftermath

I had to fight the fear of losing my marriage with a greater fear of God.

I had to learn to fight the fear of losing my marriage with a greater fear of God. It might sound strange, to fight fear with fear, but the more I looked to God as my mighty Sovereign, the less I worried about future outcomes. To be sure, there were many days of shaky trust,... Continue Reading

10 Things You Should Know about Theophanies

The word theophany is a combination of two Greek words, meaning God and appearance.

Theophanies are of different kinds. Examples include a thunderstorm, fire, a cloud, glory, a courtroom, a human figure, a warrior, and a chariot. Each of these highlight aspects of God’s character and his dealings with us. Each foreshadows the coming of Christ. Each kind is mysteriously related to the other kinds.   The word theophany... Continue Reading

Teaching the Trinity: TRIUNE

Summarizing the salient features of the Trinity using the acronym TRIUNE.

No subordination of rank, no multiplication of deities, no confusion of persons. God subsists as three equal persons, not three gods, not one god with three different faces, and not one supreme deity with an angelic deputy and an ethereal delegate. Every Christian should be Trinitarian, not Unitarian, nor Jesus-monistic, nor pneumo-manic.   If I... Continue Reading

Open Borders and the Bible

We need to be very careful how we quote Old Testament laws that were binding to Israel as a theocratic state.

We must be careful when we quote the Bible in support of open borders.  The Old Testament laws were written in the context of a theocracy.  You can’t pick and choose the laws from theocratic Israel and ignore the theocracy itself.  Open borders are indeed biblical in a theocratic nation.  If we lived in a... Continue Reading