Unhealthy Forgiveness: Why We Should Not Forgive Misinterpretations

There are times when forgiving only reinforces our pride or blindness.

Think through these situations for a moment: A husband feels hurt because his wife “disrespected him” when she asked a question about a decision he was making but genuinely didn’t understand (and he did not adequately explain). A wife feels hurt when her husband “failed to pursue her” when his plans for their anniversary did... Continue Reading

3 Things to Remember When You’re Feeling Anxious

It's not, "Don't be afraid, you lousy so-and-so." It's "Don't be afraid, I'm with you."

So first we’re able to normalize the experience, then we hear a tender promise at the heart of the solution, and then we’re given very specific guidelines about how to go forward. The whole thing is summarized very well in Philippians 4. It starts out by saying, The Lord is near—there’s the promise. Don’t be anxious about... Continue Reading

5 Principles for Disciplining Your Children

While not all methods work for all children, I’ve found these principles work for a variety of children, regardless of their age, sex, or disposition.

Praise is a powerful tool and a blessing for children. It helps them to know what’s right, and at the same time communicates you care about them. All of us would like a boss to see the good we do and praise it, not just correct our mistakes. Similarly, our children need us to be watching... Continue Reading

Inclusion And Exclusion: Getting It Right

In this way the church is the antithesis of the world, which is inclusive when it should be exclusive and exclusive when it should be inclusive.

When it comes to essential Christian truth, the substance of the faith as summarized in the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions, it is Christ, ultimately, who is the stumbling block and the rock of offense (Rom 9:33; 1 Peter 2:8). What excludes is not race, ethnicity, nationality, or sex (male or female). What excludes is... Continue Reading

Leading like Jesus

For followers of Jesus who are called to be leaders, here are some observations on the topic of leadership.

A lot of Jesus’ leadership involved speaking the truth both in public and private settings. He was not afraid of confrontation and could get angry about the right things. He rebuked sin and spoke harshly to hypocrites. This is an aspect of leadership we sometimes shy away from for fear of being controversial. But peace... Continue Reading

Five Truths About the Holy Spirit

Important biblical truths about the Holy Spirit

In creation, we have the Spirit breathing His energy, releasing the power of God in the act of creation. We have the same thing in the act of redemption, and we see it again in the divine act of giving to us the record in the Scriptures themselves. The doctrine of inspiration is entirely related... Continue Reading

Sola Scriptura: Distinguishing Between Humans and God

In the name of emphasizing Sola Scriptura one can over-emphasize it and actually contradict and violate it

“Sola scriptura not only addresses our ultimate standard in knowing, but also alerts us to the power God’s word exercises in creating, governing and perfecting an historical process through which we come to know about knowing.”   Sola Scriptura affirms that Scripture alone is the supreme and final authority for human thinking and living. Since... Continue Reading

Was Grand Canyon Project Rejected Because Researcher Is a Creationist?

All Andrew Snelling wants to do is collect some rocks from Grand Canyon in order to help prove Arizona's landmark was created in a few days by God

“Snelling, who lives in Kentucky, agrees with the official Answers in Genesis position — that Genesis is literally true, right down to the six-day creation and Noah somehow fathering the ancestors of all human beings alive today.”   All Andrew Snelling wants to do is collect some rocks from Grand Canyon in order to help... Continue Reading

Priesthood of All Believers: Two Basic Tasks

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession..."

As a priest, the believer is to cultivate holiness.  For example, in [I Peter] chapter 1, Peter exhorts these exiles to “be holy!”  In chapter 2, he encourages them “to offer spiritual sacrifices.”  And later he tells them to “keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable.” With that in mind, I want to suggest that... Continue Reading

They Have Not Rejected You, They Have Rejected Me

To reject God’s spokesperson was to reject God.

Samuel the prophet was God’s spokesperson to the nation of Israel. He was called and equipped by God to speak the words of God. Those who rejected the words of Samuel were actually rejecting the words of the one who called Samuel.   God’s people had rejected God’s prophet. For many years, Samuel had served... Continue Reading