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)

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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 “Supernatural” Is Not Always Involved When the Holy Spirit Shows Up

It is impractical to try to judge whether whether a manifestation of the Holy Spirit is authentic by looking for accompanying miraculous gifts. Instead, it is more appropriate to evaluate the authenticity of manifestations by how they relate to the Son, viz. Jesus. For more, go here: http://mintools.com/gifts-list.htm. Does the Holy Spirit Always Cause the Supernatural… Continue reading The “Supernatural” Is Not Always Involved When the Holy Spirit Shows Up

Is There Tension Between God’s Love and Justice?

Scripture is replete with references to God’s love, but it also speaks of his wrath. Are these two attributes of God somehow in tension, as if one part of God were somehow opposed to another part? I will explain why there is no actual tension between God’s love and God’s wrath, when they are properly… Continue reading Is There Tension Between God’s Love and Justice?

The Role of the Holy Spirit (Reader Question)

I received this question last week from a reader named Shae about the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones. Shae's Question I have a question about #70 on your list of New Covenant Catechisms for Little Ones. What are the verses to support it? That seems like a pretty big one but there is no… Continue reading The Role of the Holy Spirit (Reader Question)

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)

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)

Some Further Reflections on “Abiding” (John 15:4-5)

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)

On Gifts

This was originally written as part of my weekly letter to Park FG.  The Other Kind of Gifts 'Tis the season to invest time, money, and thought into gifts. Gifts for family, gifts for coworkers and friends, and maybe even the occasional gift for one's self. But let's take a minute and talk about that other kind… Continue reading On Gifts

Some Further Reflections on John the Baptist and Predestination (Luke 1:1-17)

John's Significant Life Today I had the privilege of opening up God's word and teaching from Luke 1:1-17 on the subject, "The Life of Significance." In Matthew 11:11, Jesus says that of everyone born up to that point, John had been the greatest. Together as a church body, we looked at three traits of John… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on John the Baptist and Predestination (Luke 1:1-17)