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 core of Christianity is the Gospel. However, the Gospel has many implications, and these are often misunderstood. Therefore, it can be easy to misunderstand Christianity's core or conflate it with its implications. Christians should be able to articulate the Gospel and recognize when Christianity is being misunderstood or misrepresented. My preparation for an upcoming… Continue reading Six Misconceptions About Christianity
The objection that Christians are hypocrites, and therefore Christianity must be false, borrows from the very Christian worldview. By presupposing objective morality, the objection presupposes the very God it aims to disprove. ***** Sometimes skeptics will argue that Christians are hypocrites, and therefore Christianity must be wrong. After all, hypocrisy is wrong, and therefore Christianity… Continue reading This Is Apologetics: An Argument from Christian Hypocrisy
Every worldview worth its philosophical salt must address the question of metaphysics, that is, what is the nature of reality? Followers of Jesus need to be able to know both what the Bible teaches and how that teaching interacts with the popular view of the culture. What is ultimate reality like? Is it the universe?… Continue reading Does The Universe Have a Wonderful Plan For Your Life?
Sunday at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), Pastoral Resident Ryan Goble taught us from John 15:4-5. I was struck by how this passage, which conveys the words of Jesus to his disciples, revealed to me my own inner leaning toward that faulty belief that, somehow, my activity does something to actually increase my godliness or,… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on “Abiding” (John 15:4-5)
I originally wrote this as part of my weekly letter to Park FG and a follow-up email exchange. Thinking About Why We Celebrate Christmas Advent starts this Sunday and lasts for four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve. But have you ever considered why we celebrate Christmas at all? After all, Colossians 2:16 says we shouldn’t let… Continue reading On Making the Most of Christmas
In the biblical book of Judges, we get an accounting of the history of ancient Israel before the monarchy was established. During this period, there was no king, the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes (often with disastrous moral consequences), and the nation as a whole descended along a downwardly-spiraling track of… Continue reading Why does it take us so long to ask for help?
We Christians may tend to think that there are other "faith systems" out there, other than biblical Christianity, that, while they may miss out on the whole truth, they still contain a lot of good in them, and maybe God will sorta smile and wink at their adherents at the end of the day, because after all,… Continue reading When Good Religion Goes Bad (or: Why “Good” Folks Need the Gospel Too)
Titus 2:9-15 (Author’s Translation) 9 Slaves are to be subjugated to their own masters in all things, to be acceptable, not contradicting, 10 not embezzling, rather demonstrating all good faithfulness, in order that they may adorn the doctrine—that of our savior God—in all things. 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to… Continue reading Serving with Hope in God’s Household (A Sermon Skeleton of Titus 2:9-15)
Translation: (10) For there are also many insubordinate ones, empty-talkers and deceivers (especially out of “the Circumcision”), (11) whom it is necessary to silence, which persons undermine whole households, by teaching what they must not, on account of filthy gain. (12) A certain one from them said—a prophet of their own, “Cretans are always liars,… Continue reading Dealing with Greedy Legalists in God’s Household (Titus 1:10-16)