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  • Why Have Your Forsaken Me?
    on Mar 23, 2016
    This coming Sunday is Easter. We, along with millions of other Christians around the world, will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In a sense we celebrate it every day, but this day we purposefully direct our attention to the miracle of the...
  • Suffering For the Glory of God
    on Jan 11, 2016
    Trials are a reality of life, and one doesn't have to be a Christian for too long before discovering that trusting in Jesus doesn't grant us a free pass from pain and suffering. In fact, as we have been learning in our study in James on Sunday mornin...
  • Not Another Boy
    on Jul 30, 2015
    "Another boy!"Those are words stated by a Planned Parenthood staffer during the dissection of an aborted baby. A boy. A baby boy. Call it a lump of tissue. Call it a symbol of choice among an evolved, civilized people. Call it whatever you want, but...
  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Church
    on Jul 25, 2015
    Many thanks to the fine folks over at For The Church for running this piece: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Church.
  • How Should We Respond To The Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage?
    on Jun 26, 2015
    The Supreme Court today has issued its ruling, and although most of us probably are not terribly surprised, it is still a blow to the gut for those who believe that a biblical view of marriage is one man and one woman. As Christians, how should we re...
  • Romans 5-8 in 15 Words"For I am confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil.1:6, NASB)Here in this verse, the Apostle Paul summarizes the great theme of security laid out in his magnum opus, the...
  • Responding to the "Angry God" Perception
    on Mar 4, 2015
    Do you see God as angry and vengeful, always ready to punish and judge? If this is you, then I would challenge you to take ten seconds to read Romans 5:6-10:For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will...
  • Spurgeon on the Importance of Participating in the Local Church
    on Feb 20, 2015
    “I know there are some who say, “Well, I have given myself to the Lord, but I do not intend to give myself to the church.”  Now why not?  “Because I can be a Christian without it.”  Are you quite clear about that?  You c...
  • The Power of Grace
    on Feb 12, 2015
    The Lexam Bible Dictionary describes grace as the "gracious or merciful behaviour of a more powerful person toward another." Pretty much everyone would agree that this is a good quality to express and experience, both individually and as a society. A...
  • A "Seeing" Motif in John 1:35-42
    on Feb 11, 2015
    There seems to be an  interesting motif built around the idea of seeing and perceiving in John 1:35-42. In v. 36, John the Baptist "looked at  Jesus as He walked," then speaks to two disciples that were with him, declaring "Behold, the Lamb...
  • Yellow and Pink
    on Feb 11, 2015 in Apologetics Reviews
    A children's classic by William Steig came across my desk today.Yellow and Pink is the story of two wooden figures who become self-aware and attempt to figure out how they came to be. As they discuss the question of their origin, one of them, Yellow,...
  • A Review of 50 Shades of Grey: A Movie I've Never Seen (And Won't)
    on Feb 10, 2015 in Reviews
    It goes without saying that attempting to write a review of a book without having actually read it is usually not a good idea. The same is certainly true for movies. It should seem obvious that I cannot speak to the qualities or issues of a movie if...
  • Desiring God Pastor's Conference
    on Feb 6, 2015
    I just returned from the 2015 Desiring God Pastor's Conference  in Minneapolis and I thought I would share a few thoughts on the experience. In the coming days I hope to post  a few remarks on each of the plenary messages.This was my first...
  • The Christian's Highest Affection
    on Feb 6, 2015 in Sanctification Sin
    Last night my daughter screamed at her little brother. I mean, she let him have it at the top of her lungs! I had just returned from a conference and had brought her a little box of special soap and he broke the cardboard box that her soap had come i...
  • "God Gave Them Over..."
    on Jan 27, 2015
    "God gave them over..."These words, repeated three times, are found in the first chapter of Paul's letter to the Romans, and of all the commentary written on the human condition, these words might be the saddest of all, for they represent the reality...
  • Christ as the Climax of History
    on Jan 20, 2015
    In his commentary on Romans1, Doug Moo presents a conceptual framework for understanding what has taken place in Christ. He writes:"God's work in Christ is the center of history, the point from which both past and future must be understood...With Chr...
  • Trembling At His Word
    on Jan 14, 2015
    The last chapter of Isaiah begins like this:Thus says the Lord:“Heaven is My throne,And earth is My footstool.Where is the house that you will build Me?And where is the place of My rest?For all those things My hand has made,And all those things exi...
  • No Partition Wall for Whitefield
    on Dec 20, 2014
    "The year of 1730, a notable one for American Christianity, witnessed the arrival of 26-year-old George Whitefield, already famous for his evangelical preaching in England. Whitefield, a Church of England priest, welcomed as co-laborers Baptists, Pre...
  • Why I Use Bible Software...And Don't.
    on Oct 28, 2014
    I have been a regular user of Bible software since my days in Bible college. I purchased a copy of Logos (back then the software was called Libronix) and it revolutionized my study! I mean it changed everything. All of a sudden I was able to do thing...
  • The Mercies of God
    on Jul 16, 2014 in Romans
    Below is an excerpt from a sermon I preached at Cedar Valley Bible Church on July 13, 2014, from Romans 12:1-2 entitled, "The Elements of Commitment." You can listen to the whole sermon here."The foundation of commitment are the mercies of God: 'Ther...