When the Walk Becomes a Crawl
One of the Most Hopeful Reminders I’ve Read about Sanctification
We like steady and predictable. It seems to vindicate our efforts at making the Christian life work in a businesslike manner. But, in fact, there’s no formula, no secret, no technique, no program, no schedule, and no truth that guarantees the speed, distance, or time frame. On the day you die, you’ll still be somewhere... Continue Reading
The End Result for “Religious but Foolish” Men and Women
A day of reckoning will come, although foolish people can cause much damage in their wake.
You shouldn’t be deceived when you become discouraged by how vicious, religious, yet foolish men or women can be. They will always come to a tragic end, for God will not be mocked. A lack of integrity will always be found out. I have watched my own life and the lives of those around... Continue Reading
Benjamin Rush, Temperance Movement, and Today
The world wants to squeeze God’s people into its mold and intemperance is one of the tools it uses.
Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States behind number two, tobacco, and number one, poor diet combined with physical inactivity. How should Christians respond to this situation? Temperance has been and will continue to be a topic of debate, but the ministry of the church is to teach people to be... Continue Reading
What Happened to the Young, Restless, and Reformed?
Every movement has to mature, learn, develop change or die.
The next decade is going to be a challenging time, as we face continued cultural pressure, and as the cadre of Gen-X leaders approach retirement and will need replacing. We need to learn the lessons of mistakes made in the past, but also to continue to sustain and develop our strengths. I enjoyed listening... Continue Reading
Covenant Baptism: A Primer for Baptists
Believer’s baptism is a valid and biblical position but covenant baptism better aligns with what the whole of Scripture teaches.
While the debate about whether to baptize infants or not has raged for five centuries, we can and should seek unity as brothers and sisters in Christ. Baptism actually unites us by identifying us as part of the visible people of God, so let the world see our unity rather than division as we approach... Continue Reading
Don’t Pervert the Truth by Misusing It
In our love for the truth, let us not mischaracterize, minimize, or overemphasize its role.
In an increasingly relativistic culture, it is imperative that we remain committed to God’s truth. It is an indispensable asset and a precious commodity—one that transforms our minds, increases our wisdom, affects our speech, guides our steps, anchors our emotions, equips our ministry, and informs our worship. Speaking the Truth in Love Among the... Continue Reading
Suffering, Hope and the Extent of the Gospel
Lessons I Have Learned from My Long Struggle with Post-Lyme Chronic Pain
As Proverbs says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” We all need a good word. We all need the hope of Christ. It is suffering that binds us together in that need. When I think about what has made my faith stronger, my first thought... Continue Reading
There Is No “Good News” in “He Gets Us”
It is "another gospel," which is always no gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).
The notion that Jesus did not judge people for their sins is historically absurd. What he did do that the Pharisees didn’t was to communicate that God has a generous offer of forgiveness and empowerment for those who repent and believe. There is no “good news” in the “He Gets Us” Superbowl commercial. Indeed,... Continue Reading
What Happened When My Church Encountered Negative World
Enemy love is the wise response in every negative world because, in the final analysis, the way we respond to the negative world will either proclaim the love and mercy of Jesus or it will not.
We do live in a negative world and we are not alone. The primary cause of this significant negative is not primarily our faith—after all, we stand aside those who deny Christ—but the ideological takeover of higher education, and coastal and urban businesses, publications, and institutions by the latest and most fashionable ideas about sex, sexuality,... Continue Reading
Thy Compassions They Fail Not
In Christ, we get to see the fullest expression of the compassion of God.
Like the Prodigal’s father, our Father felt great compassion on us, and with our True older Brother, welcomed us back into the home at His own expense (Luke 15:20). And that expense would cost our compassionate Father the ultimate expense, the life of His one and only Son in crucifixion (Romans 5:6-8) in order to... Continue Reading