Have you ever sacrificed your time and your energy to invest in other people? You probably spent time with them in discipleship, building them up in God’s Word, only to have them go astray and turn away from all you taught them. It hurts, doesn’t it? It seems like a life-investment with no return. The... Continue Reading →
Follow Me: A Simple So Difficult Command
Chaos usually ensues after our worship service concludes. It isn’t the chaos of a charismatic explosion, filled with dancing or laughing or strange verbal utterances. It isn’t chaos of any negative sort. Rather, it’s the delightful chaos of slightly uncontrolled children rushing around in search of candy, suckers, and places to run. My children are... Continue Reading →
Why Persecution Is a Social Justice Priority
Brooke Parks at Persecutionblog asks an excellent question: Is Christian Persecution a Social Justice Issue? I believe that it is. At least, I believe that persecution is a justice issue. Parks is correct to note the limits of social justice. Parks points out that the goal of ministry to the persecuted is not to remove... Continue Reading →
Christ’s Heart for the Persecuted: A Simple Explanation with Current Illustrations
I know a woman whose life was very hard through no fault of her own. She and her husband had 8 children together when he was murdered, leaving her a widow with very little means to survive. Family members offered to take the younger children so she could try to survive with the older ones.... Continue Reading →
Stop Chronological Snobbery
The lure of chronological snobbery is an almost invincible force which overwhelms us all. Each of us hopes to excel our own pasts and, thus, to excel the generations which gave us birth. So, it is understandable that we are tempted by chronological snobbery. As a term, chronological snobbery was first utilized by C. S.... Continue Reading →
From Conversation to Revelation
Several years ago, when I was first contemplating a Ph.D., I did what most judicious students would do. I visited different seminaries and universities and thought through all my options. On one of my visits, I ran across an older, seasoned sage of academic endeavors. Our conversation turned out to be most refreshing. ... Continue Reading →
Christians Should Be Politically Active
In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell "Slaughter-gate" trial (and the appalling disinterest of many), there is a need for Christians to be reminded of our function as a pillar and support of the truth--a reminder of our calling to be salt and light in an otherwise dead and listless world. The post below... Continue Reading →
Whose Story Is Adoption?
Most of the time when I read a theological article with which I disagree, I assume that I am in error and need to be corrected. After further reflection, I often realize the author was more nuanced than I had originally suspected. So, I end up rethinking my own position in light of Scripture and... Continue Reading →
Are Christians Extinct in the Middle East?
Violently (yet relatively quietly) Christians are dying out in Bible lands. In the place where Paul was converted and in the location of the church that first sent an offering to help needy Christians—in these ancient Bible lands, Christians are dying at an alarming rate. Actually, the more accurate way of saying it is... Continue Reading →
Why Jesus Cares for the Persecuted (and we should, too) – Video
When we began Project 13:3 as a ministry to the persecuted church, we ran the idea by some friends to get their input. Below is a video of a conversation I had with a very good friend of mine, Jeff Mooney. Dr. Mooney is a Professor of Old Testament at California Baptist University. The video... Continue Reading →
Does the Bible Condemn Abortion?
I hear a common refrain from those who favor abortion. It usually goes something like, "The Bible is silent on abortion," or "the Bible never condemns abortion." Is this true? Is it true that the Bible does not speak to abortion? On the surface it appears true that the bible does not condemn abortion. There... Continue Reading →
Tyndale Against Tyranny (Again)
If you own a copy of the Bible in English, you should be thankful for a man named William Tyndale. William Tyndale fought both the government and the established church to give the plowman his own copy of God's Word. Tyndale held the courage of his convictions firm to the end, translating the New Testament... Continue Reading →
God and Money
What happens when a theologian crosses paths with an economist? It sounds like a bad joke. But the question is pertinent, considering that a new book is on the horizon which combines clear theology with sound economic principles. One of the benefits of attending ETS in Milwaukee was hearing Wayne Grudem defend this thesis: "God... Continue Reading →
Especially Preaching: The Ordinary Means of Grace and Christian Spirituality – The Gospel Coalition Blog
Especially Preaching: The Ordinary Means of Grace and Christian Spirituality – The Gospel Coalition Blog. The blog conversation linked above is a great one for us to follow because it addresses issues which we take for granted. If we are serious about following God's Word, we will always be willing to check our traditions at... Continue Reading →
Is Young Earth Essential Theology?
According to the claim of this BP article, Dr. Mohler has taken a dogmatic stand concerning the necessity of holding to a young earth view of creation. Personally, I think that claim overstates the case which Dr. Mohler is making for the young earth. His aim is much higher than the age of the earth. ... Continue Reading →