In Acts 2, Peter took an opportunity to speak to a large crowd of his generation. The message that he delivered was about their great sin in killing the savior. He showed how the people had made themselves enemies of God. God was directly opposed to their sinful desires. This was clear because God had … Continue reading Quick thought: many other words
A large number of Christian leaders including John Piper and R.C. Sproul recently released a series of affirmations on human sexuality titled the Nashville Statement. It is clear and explicit on the biblical truth concerning homosexuality and transgenderism. The statement consists of a preamble and fourteen articles. Each article contains an affirmation and a corresponding … Continue reading Christian leaders issue statement on sexuality
Maybe this title is overly dramatic, but maybe not. The followers of Christ are called to be light in the world. This is both the example and the instruction he has left us. It is confirmed by the apostles, and unfortunately, contradicted by some common notions in the American church today. Jesus answered, Are there … Continue reading The lost art of being light
In the last post, I mentioned how we have shunned Christ's teaching. In this post we will consider some of that shunned teaching. We'll see how he called sinners to repentance, and we'll ask ourselves whether we might speak of sin and judgement like he did. Jesus, who knew God better than any of us, … Continue reading Motivating men to repent
How then is it that we see such devastation in our land? It is because the Christian church, which is the body of Christ, his representatives here on earth, have failed to understand his teaching. We have not discerned the shape of the spiritual battle nor have we recognized the enemy. Indeed a partial blindness … Continue reading In what is the church failing?
Reclaiming the Biblical Doctrine of Sin There is a need today for the Christian church to return to a clear affirmation of the bible's teaching about sin. It simply won't do to be vague and unclear about these things. The truth about sin is - No, wait, hold on. There are lots of important things … Continue reading Reclaiming… Justice
Working in the building trades as I do, I occasionally have the experience of needing a particular tool, but not having it on hand. Often enough some temporary solution can be improvised, it just takes a little creativity. There can even be some satisfaction in finding a way to get the job done without the … Continue reading Using the wrong tools
Sometimes we may be tempted to think that choosing to follow God will make the rest of our lives like a fairy tale ending; we will live happily ever after. But that's pretty far from the truth. Not only will there continue to be difficulties as part of normal, everyday life, but the sincere desire … Continue reading Are you ready for this?
Here's a brief thought based on the first chapter of 2 Peter. In this chapter the apostle Peter expresses a desire for grace and peace to be abundant in the lives of the believers. After making reference to the tremendous promises God has given, us Peter tells us how we should respond to these things. … Continue reading Are we forgetting something?
In the last post we noticed that the apostle Paul was determined to not to give in to those who were offended by the simplicity of the gospel. Adding even a little commandment like circumcision could ruin the whole thing. We started to see that when the apostle uses the word “law” he can have … Continue reading Let’s keep our message offensive, part two