The Voice That Raises The Dead
What Jesus did for this young man and widow is a preview of what he will do one day for all of us who have believing loved ones who have died before us: one day Jesus will give us to each other again.
The fourth time that Jesus’s voice raises the dead is easy to miss. When Jesus gives up his spirit, right before he dies, he cries out with a loud voice, “It is finished!” (Matthew 27:50, see also John 19:30). We are well acquainted with what happens in the next verse in Matthew: the curtain of... Continue Reading
Evolution: not a Theory
It would be best to refer to evolution as a speculation or unsubstantiated conjecture about the past.
It is certainly the case that neo-Darwinian evolution has not been proved. But we probably shouldn’t say that it is “just a theory” because a theory (in the primary, scientific sense of the word) has supporting evidence, whereas neo-Darwinian evolution does not. When people say, “evolution is just a theory,” they probably mean it is... Continue Reading
Fear Being Liked
Being liked is the currency of our social relationships, seen in everything from the unspoken gravitation toward one person over another at a party to the digitized tokens of attention we exchange on social media.
The Lord made us to belong to Him first and to one another second. The fear of being disliked by people can threaten that order. Here’s how: By wanting to be desirable in the eyes of people, we often devalue the superior affection of God toward us. We forget that our main problem has never... Continue Reading
Pray for What We Own Already
Paul wants the church to know and understand what we already have in Christ.
Paul, with a pastor’s heart wants the church to understand each of these truths. Why? Because there is hope in them! Life can be difficult. Our trials can lead to despondency, despair, and all sorts of difficult emotions. But to live every day understanding these truths are not only true when we have good days,... Continue Reading
Law and Grace: Co-workers But Not Co-redeemers
We cannot demand people to uphold God’s law without God’s grace,
Let us not forget the hope of God’s grace in our own lives, that when we discuss the requirements of the Law, it is by grace that we are not served the penalty of the Law. There is much talk today about “justice,” and many Christians are requiring others to fulfill the demands of the... Continue Reading
A Faithful Heart
The artist needed more than love; he needed the truth. Vittoria provided both.
Vittoria and Michelangelo had long conversations about art, poetry, and faith. They encouraged each other to keep writing and publish their works which, by that time, had turned almost exclusively to religion. Michelangelo, who had often expressed in his poem his sorrow over sins and his fear of death, found in this “high and godly... Continue Reading
Biblical wisdom includes a technical “know-how”without separating it from an overall knowledge of God and His plan of salvation.
The difficulties we encounter are not part of some earthly purgatory or boot camp for heaven. They are part of the unnatural situation sin has brought into the world, making heavenly realities particularly hard to grasp. Yet, our walk through this life, as difficult as it may get at times, is ordered by the same... Continue Reading
Tolerance is Not Approval
The modern cry for tolerance is not merely for allowance of diverging views. It is a cry of approval of certain views and condemnation of those who reject those views as false.
If tolerance means that we discuss our disagreements with civility: deal. If tolerance means that we engage without the use of logical fallacies such as straw man and ad-hominem arguments, I’m game. If tolerance means approval, someone else said it better than me: “Yeah, that’s gonna be a ‘no’ from me, dawg.” Can’t we all... Continue Reading
The Church is Still the Bride of Christ
When it comes to Christ and his bride, you cannot claim to love Christ whilst hating his bride.
Look again and you’ll see around the globe, so many brothers and sisters drawn into Christ’s family who love their saviour and are hungry for his word. You’ll see people passionate about sharing the good news and you’ll meet people who truly love one another, often sacrificially. It’s a church that includes people who have... Continue Reading
While I Was Still a Marxist: How Christ Rescued Me
It seems mystical, and I can’t even describe well the experience, but it reversed the course of my life.
From where were these thoughts emanating? In my brain, Marxism was settled social science. Lenin’s hatred for the “figment of man’s imagination” called “God” was not new to me. It’s hard for me to convey the strangeness, the otherness, of this experience. I have trouble sitting still during lectures. I like to walk while thinking.... Continue Reading