The New Perspective on Paul: Salvation
According to Wright, the gospel is not about saving individual people from their sins, but rather about how God is using His people to redeem the cosmos
The church has one thing it can offer that no one else can: forgiveness of sins and salvation. Any secular organization can rectify social ills, provide basic human necessities, and build parks and schools. These are worthy goals, and we should not forget about the physical needs of the people around us. But if we... Continue Reading
Sanctifying our Deepest Distress
The strength of our faith makes absolutely no difference to whether we will receive God’s blessing. What counts is the one in whom our faith rests.
The strength of our faith makes absolutely no difference to whether we will receive God’s blessing. What counts is the one in whom our faith rests. If our trust is in Christ, and we are looking to him as our Lord and Savior, then God will certainly bless us, no matter how small and weak... Continue Reading
A Few Thoughts On Healing
Healing was not the plan, but pity, apparently, is essential to the character of Jesus
“I do believe that some people will be healed immediately – even today – for the glory of God and as an overflow of his compassion upon the needs of people. God hasn’t changed. He still sees and he still cares. But I also believe that waiting is sanctifying and showing.” I spent the... Continue Reading
Ask Him For Joy
The fact that we now have access to the very throne of God is incredible, and should be a source of much joy
A pastor friend of mine often reminds me that at the core of the gospel is the often-missed truth that Jesus died so that we could pray. The author of the letter to the Hebrews assures us that we may “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and... Continue Reading
The Devil’s Glasses
When you are being tempted, the devil sets on your nose a pair of false glasses
“Someone has also said the devil has another pair of glasses he places on us after we sin. These glasses make sin appear so large that it cannot be forgiven. If you are reading this today, have fallen into sin, and are despairing in this way, consider one last illustration. Though this post is not about the... Continue Reading
Don’t Check Your Baggage
Why We Never Leave Our Past Behind
If we have left our life of sin to follow Christ, we are free from our past, never to be defined or constrained by it again. But we never completely leave it behind, because God says something uniquely stunning about himself through our past — our tax collecting, our fits of anger, our quiet jealousy and... Continue Reading
Football: America’s Leading False god
In today’s culture—stadiums are overflowing while churches are empty.
When fathers spend a large amount of time and large sums of money on football, equipment, tickets to the game, tailgating expenses, and spend very little energy in the body life of the church—such a testimony speaks volumes about the god the father worships. Either God is perceived as boring and irrelevant or the children... Continue Reading
Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age
“The greatest question of our time is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus the West; it is whether men can live without God.” ~Durant
The American church faces a new situation. This new context is as current as the morning newspaper and as old as those first Christian churches in Corinth, Ephesus, Laodicea, and Rome. Eternity will record whether the American church is willing to submit only to the authority of God or whether the church will forfeit its... Continue Reading
Creeds and confessions are not simply boundary markers but they arise out of a desire to praise God.
If true Christian believing and true Christian belonging are two sides of the same coin, inextricably joined together, then praise that expresses the content of belief is the means by which such belonging is given public expression; and this brings us back to creeds and confessions as being normative guides to Christian doctrine and also,... Continue Reading
Intolerance is Not Enough
A functional ethic requires more than mere opposition to perceived abuse.
Intolerance is therefore not enough. If my only line of defense against white nationalism or racism is to hate the haters, then I have no ethic other than self-righteous pride in the fact that I am not among them, which is little more than a prejudice against the prejudiced. Moreover, if the day comes that... Continue Reading