The Current State of Complementarity
Five Years after Nashville
Complementarity, as it is unfolded in the Danvers Statement and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, is still as urgent as ever. The Nashville Statement may feel more urgent because it addresses the current tragedies of so-called same-sex “marriage” and so-called “transgenderism.” In 1987, I wrote the first draft of the Danvers Statement. Thirty years later, I... Continue Reading
God Can Handle Chaos—Including Yours
Whatever we might think about God’s formless, empty, lifeless, black, and watery creation, the Spirit of God loved it and sustained and upheld it.
Whoever you are, and whatever the depths and agony of your trials, God is hovering over you: he loves you, he is near to you, and he can rescue you. We see a living picture of his rescue unfold in the subsequent six days of creation. God does not stand aloof from the world in all... Continue Reading
We Have Answers
Apologetics is one of the tasks of the church, and whenever God directs His people to a task, He supplies whatever is needed to fulfill that task.
The Bible not only assures us that God will provide sufficient answers to the most pressing objections to the Christian faith but also explains why we do not have an answer to every question we might want answered, at least while we “see in a mirror dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12). After exhorting his readers... Continue Reading
What Our Land Needs: The Glory of Sacrificial Strength
Men were created to shine through the use of their physical, emotional, and spiritual strength.
There is no glory apart from sacrifice. That is what your strength is for. That is what you were made for. You were made for the glory of sacrifice, and when that sacrifice is obedient to the King, you can be sure that you are following your King into the very same grave He once... Continue Reading
A Reminder Etched in Glass Is Etched On My Heart
“You are our letter, written in our hearts, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
God enriched my life not only with friends like Dorie Howell, but with friends of so many different nationalities and diverse races. My life has been etched time and again with such diversity. But the most important etching in my life and on my heart is that of my most beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus... Continue Reading
25 Tiny Ways to Welcome Kids in Church
Kids in the church flourish when they are known, loved, served, and engaged.
Make Kids Feel Valued. Say “I’m so glad you’re here!” Give kids a high five, fist bump, or handshake (a kid-appropriate “holy kiss,” 2 Cor. 13:12). Take time to stop and listen when kids tell stories about their week. Carry mints or other small treats to give to kids (with parent permission). In these small ways... Continue Reading
What Does “The Prayer of a Righteous Man is Powerful and Effective” Mean?
This verse motivates us to cry out to God because He uses our prayers to change the world.
Effective prayer has greater results than we can imagine. God is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Do you pray as if this were true? No, as I’ve mentioned God isn’t always going to answer us in the way or timing we want. But when we... Continue Reading
Man of Sin, Son of Destruction
The Thessalonians must be solid in their grasp of truth, for, as John said, this spirit of antichrist already is in the world (1 John 4:1-3). Paul’s understanding is the same, “The mystery of lawlessness is already at work” (7).
The man of lawlessness, in the style of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:1-7 or Darius in Daniel 6:6-9, claims all the power and prerogatives of a god. He makes himself the final point of loyalty for all his subjects. He opposes every object of worship other than himself, exalts himself above them and even inserts his... Continue Reading
The Spiritual Discipline of Thanksgiving
Becoming Psalm 100 People
Jesus’s blood seals our fate, and his Holy Spirit is our guarantee. The Father himself loves us. And if we have the Father’s love, we have everything we’ll ever need because he’s a good Father. The spiritual discipline of thanksgiving gives us eyes to see the goodness of God, and when we see the goodness... Continue Reading
New Bible Translation: The Anti-woke Version
Sick and tired of wokeness? Here is a new translation of the Bible entitled the “Anti-woke Version.”
Fifty of the most conservative scholars in the world have come together to translate the Bible from its original Hebrew and Greek, employing the functional equivalence model, with a view to maintain a conservative standard of theology and practice in the churches and in our culture. A special announcement from textandtranslation.org. Sick and tired... Continue Reading