A Well-Spent Sabbath
The idea that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath, an entire day set apart for worship, rest, and ministry, is entirely novel.
A new creation has been inaugurated and a perfect exodus has occurred. We have been translated from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love. That’s why the church now meets on the first day of the week. New creation and perfect redemption are the great realities that are ours... Continue Reading
On Technology And Preaching
Being distracted is not the biggest risk of using technology in preaching. The greater danger is missing god himself.
As an expositor I am delivering a message from the King. Therefore, when I’m preaching I want all eyes on me, not wandering into some starry abyss of high-def images born along by a Hans Zimmer-like score. (Can you imagine coming into the presence of the King of glory and while he’s talking you look... Continue Reading
The Law of Morality and Its Prevalence in Creation
The only standard which carries any moral weight is the one revealed by the Supreme Creator of the Universe.
Since there is the One Supreme God who has created the Laws of Morality, it hardly seems rational to suggest that there are other viable laws of morality that violate the laws of morality present in nature which point to God and His mighty works. Therefore, if God is indeed the Author of morality, then... Continue Reading
Why You Don’t Read Your Bible (and How to Start)
The most important thing for spiritual growth is reading the Bible, yet most people in the church aren’t
“In my experience, there are two main reasons people don’t read their Bible. The first is that people honestly don’t understand the Bible holds transformational power. Second, they don’t read the Bible because they don’t know how to find delight in reading it. Both issues are worth understanding in more detail.” Over and over... Continue Reading
The Eternal Shore Five Things We Forget About Heaven
Think of these as qualities we forget about heaven — parts of the shoreline most likely to be overlooked
“Imagine being out for a walk and bumping into Charles Spurgeon. Or Moses. Or Joni Eareckson Tada (who, of course, can walk and run!). All the saints, from all times, will be your intimate friends and neighbors. It is, after all, eternity, so if you miss anyone over the first ten billion years, you’ll have... Continue Reading
Don’t Confuse Spirituality with Righteousness
I was caught up with a crowd who confused the means with the end. Spirituality can be a cheap substitute for righteousness.
Spiritual disciplines are vitally necessary to achieve righteousness. Bible study, prayer, church attendance, evangelism, are necessary for Christian growth, but they cannot be the final goal. I cannot achieve righteousness without spirituality. But it is possible to be “spiritual,” at least on the surface, without attaining righteousness. When I first became a Christian I was... Continue Reading
4 Painful Lies Stay-at-Home Moms Tell Themselves
When it comes to stay-at-home motherhood, the cacophony of voices, both inside and out, can be deafening.
I’m a stay-at-home mom because I’m striving to obey God’s calling on my life. He’s given me gifts, talents, and abilities that I steward while devoting most of my time to my family. We prayerfully made these decisions for our family; they’re not a judgment call on yours. We’ve all come across passive-aggressive people who says things in... Continue Reading
Wisdom Christology in James and 1 John
As Calvin understood, the eternal Wisdom is a creative, redemptive, and sanctifying wisdom; therefore, this Wisdom is a fountain of life.
The ability of the Word to transform human life is the basis of its authority and its glory. It is this Word of life – the divine Wisdom – which brings us into fellowship with God and restores the bond of love between believers and God, and between believers one with another. In the previous... Continue Reading
Where to Bring Your Broken Heart
Gospel hope is the foundation of healthy grief.
In a world where sin infects and impacts all things, it is impossible for believers to make it through without hearts that break. But we have a God who is not silent at such times. He knows, because he has walked in our shoes (Hebrews 4:15). He has felt the terrible pangs of a broken... Continue Reading
It’s Not Just About The Sex
Our culture has concluded that relationships are defined by sex.
The good news is that friendship, and especially commitment, are more stable than sex and eroticism. To the extent that couples begin their relationships on the basis of sexual attraction, the stability of their marriage is a long shot. To the extent that they begin their relationship with commitment and friendship, they are exponentially more... Continue Reading