Do We Have the Right Books of the Bible?
Christian theologians—especially in the Reformed world—have long argued that there is a foundational way that we can know that books are from God: the internal qualities of the books themselves.
The New Testament canon that we possess today is due not to the machinations of later church leaders or to the political influence of Constantine but to the fact that these books imposed themselves on the church through their internal qualities. In other words, these books were used the most because they proved themselves to... Continue Reading
How to Help Relieve Exhaustion and Isolation for Families Living with Disability
The demands of raising a child with a disability can be overwhelming and all-consuming.
No particular background or skillset is needed for respite volunteers. This realization can offset stress and place the emphasis where it belongs: the chance to love people well in the name of Jesus. Did you know families living with disability consistently name respite care as their top unmet need? A recent Joni and Friends... Continue Reading
Sheep, Wolves, and Fools
Fearing how Christians might appear to the outside world, many Christian leaders have failed their congregations.
We see a pattern in scripture and church history: when God raises up prophets, they meet fierce opposition from religious establishment and those devoted to the idols they critique; but true prophets stand firm and soon many begin to follow. On the Perils of a Winsome Ministry Introduction Pastors have a very difficult job.... Continue Reading
God Personally Cares for Children in the Womb and Prescribes Punishment for Aborting Them, Rewards for Protecting Them
We must respect and protect all lives; and according to Exodus 21:22-23, this includes the defenseless infant maturing in mother’s womb.
May we beware of such an abhorrent affront to God’s own personal handiwork upon each child in vivo by our nation (too often amidst a complacent and thus compliant church) and pray not only for no federal mandate of its toleration, but even more, for a national law enforced against it and upon every state of... Continue Reading
Render to Caesar—Mark 12:13-17
We indeed give taxes to whom taxes are owed and honor to whom honor is owed, but we give our lives, our souls, our all to Christ Jesus our Lord.
While we honor earthly authorities, we give our unconditional obedience to God alone. If this means a king issuing a decree for all subjects to pray to him alone, then like Daniel we continue to pray to the one, true God. For the early church, the example of Daniel was not relegated to the fanciful halls... Continue Reading
The Internet Deathtrap and the Need For Wisdom
The problem with the internet is simple: It’s easy. Too easy.
The more we diminish the role of wisdom in our everyday life, the more inclined we are to unwittingly “delegate tasks that demand wisdom” to the internet, and the less healthy skepticism or suspicion we’ll have as we use it. It is one thing for technology to quicken our typing ability or to optimize some... Continue Reading
6 Ways Christians Can Respond to Our Strange New World
We can stand strong at this cultural moment and address the specific challenges we face only if our foundations in God’s truth are broad and deep.
It might sound trite, but a large part of the church’s witness to the world is simply being the church in worship. Paul himself comments that when an unbeliever accidentally turns up at a church service, he should be struck by the otherworldly holiness of what is going on. The most powerful witness to the... Continue Reading
Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2021: 21-30
Numbers 21-30 of the top 50 articles for 2021
In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run on five lists on consecutive days. Here... Continue Reading
The Misleading Beauty of Temptation
The only reason she has so much power over me is that deep down, I desire the treasures she offers whether she is present or not.
I am always amazed at how much influence she has over me, or should I say, how much power I have given her. There is only one remedy, and that is to abide in Christ who offers the real fulfillment I am seeking: to look upon true beauty. My desires must change for her to lose... Continue Reading
A Terrible Judgement Awaits the Enemies of God
Trusting in Jesus in not some philosophy that leads to a nice life but it is a life or death issue.
Isn’t God a God of love? Of course! Yet God is also a God of justice. These are people who openly and persistently not only rejected the true God but also encouraged the worship of a rival god. If God pretended that didn’t happen, that might sound loving, but it would be unjust. The... Continue Reading