Contend for the (Biblical) Faith (All of It)

Doing faithful apologetics means contending "for the faith," or fighting for the body of doctrine that the Bible teaches, that make up orthodox Christianity. On the one hand, we aren't to go beyond what is written, defending weird fairy tales of our own imagination. On the other hand, we aren't to leave out any portions… Continue reading Contend for the (Biblical) Faith (All of It)

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My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

What follows is my last "Forest Glen Weekly," written to the partners and congregation of Park Community Church (Forest Glen), in which I reminisce about my ministry and time at Park, discuss connections between the book of Judges and our current context, and exhort God's people to study God's word. Dear Forest Glen Family, This… Continue reading My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

Some Further Reflections on Samson (Judges 16)

Samson's fall and rise is a strong warning to God's people to take sin seriously or risk the consequences. This post was originally sent out as part of my weekly email to Park Community Church (Forest Glen).  Isn’t Samson fascinating? On the one hand he is an incredibly strong, conquering hero. This is a man… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on Samson (Judges 16)

Of Abimelech and Evil Spirits (Some Further Reflections on Judges 9)

Scripture shows us that God has authority over everything, including evil spirits. He will use the most unexpected of means to accomplish his good purposes, and will not let anything or anyone prevent his plans from working out. God uses unexpected methods to accomplish his purposes, doesn’t he? Now, when the staff meets on Thursday… Continue reading Of Abimelech and Evil Spirits (Some Further Reflections on Judges 9)

The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

In the book of Jonah, the author uses his former self as an object lesson for God's people. Israelites believed themselves to be better than the Ninevites. Yet the Ninevites repented immediately at the word of the Lord. Their quick response and God's gracious forgiveness put the apostate Israelites to shame. If Israel were truly… Continue reading The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

 When spending any amount of time talking with Muslims about faith, the topic always comes up, “But the Bible has been corrupted!” We can use the Qur’an and the Muslim worldview in a way which points to Jesus and the Bible, the true authority! The Qur’an states 348 times to follow the signs. Show them… Continue reading Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

The Fact that Sets Us Free (Easter 2018 Teaching)

Every spring for nearly 2,000 years, followers of Jesus have commemorated a single historical fact that we believe transformed the world: the rising of a dead man back to life. This historical event, the resurrection of Jesus, is at once the most important event and perhaps the most misunderstood doctrine in Christianity. On Easter Sunday, 2018, I… Continue reading The Fact that Sets Us Free (Easter 2018 Teaching)

Three Lessons We Learn about God’s Love from the Death of Christ (Good Friday 2018 Teaching)

You may have heard the phrase, "God is love." That is a quote from the Epistle of 1 John, and it unleashes a whole host of questions in the inquiring mind. What does it mean for God to be love? What is God's love like? Does God love me?  On Good Friday, 2018, I preached… Continue reading Three Lessons We Learn about God’s Love from the Death of Christ (Good Friday 2018 Teaching)

Is Predestination the Same as Favoritism? (Some Further Reflections on James 2:1-13)

Sometimes at Park Community Church (Forest Glen) worship gatherings, we take text-in questions from the congregation. It is one of my favorite things to do and a practice I recommend. Back before I went on paternity leave (Aliza and Baby Josephine are both wonderful and healthy, thanks for asking), I taught on James 2:1-13. My big idea… Continue reading Is Predestination the Same as Favoritism? (Some Further Reflections on James 2:1-13)

Is This a Trial or a Temptation? (Some Further Reflections on James 1:9-15)

Sunday I preached on James 1:9-15, and I put in some of the hardest work I've ever done on a sermon. From the late hours spent in prep to the physical exertion of actually preaching it, I wrestled with this passage. But like Jacob, after he had wrestled with God, out of my grappling I… Continue reading Is This a Trial or a Temptation? (Some Further Reflections on James 1:9-15)