But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
I am again privileged to be part of the Haddon Robinson Study Retreat. This year we are studying the Gospel of Mark and our guest lecturer is Mark Strauss of Bethel seminary.
Each year a group of pastors gather for a week of intense study Covenant Harbor Camp near Lake Geneva, WI . Our format...
People often question how God could hold someone morally responsible who did not have access to the Bible. You may have heard the objections, “How can someone be judged according to a standard he or she didn’t hear or read?”
The Apostle Paul explained in Romans that all...
We might fancy some children playing on the flat grassy top of some tall island in the sea. So long as there was a wall round the...
Give this Proverbs journal (Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation) as a gift and ask for it back when the recipient is through. You will both be blessed: eternally.
The book of Proverbs is a gift that God has given to help us find our way through the maze of life. In a...
If you have questions about the relationship between God’s sovereignty and our sharing of the gospel, I highly recommend J.I.Packer’s classic, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God.
Below I have outlined J.I. Packer’s summary of the gospel message. Keep in mind, this is abridged....
Which column describes your approach to the Christian life: religion? or the Gospel?
The below table taken from Tim Keller’s, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, page 65).
If you have more questions about what is meant by “the...
Help with sermon prep by making observations on giving found in 2 Corinthians 8-9. Share those with me via the comments or via email. Together let’s clear up some misconceptions about what the Bible really teaches about giving.
One of my summer sabbatical goals is to read widely. Below is a book I would recommend for those looking for Christian beach reading. It is written at a level that is easily followed and offers a fresh look at apologetics.
Skeel, David. True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World....
I’m thankful for the opportunity to recharge!
A week into my sabbatical and here is some of how I’m working at recharging:
There is about a 70% chance the man who stopped was an angel. . .
It’s that time of year when we again consider Christian morality and lemonade stands. Below find answers to common questions.
“I began to cry. Not out of sorrow for myself, nor because of my wounds, but at the great joy that I felt at being back on French soil.” Commando Robert Piauge, June 6, 1944
Grieving as we are for our fellow image-bearers in France, I was reminded of this D-Day story that
One in ten people struggle with depression. Over the course of a lifetime, one in four will battle this condition. In the below sermon at Bethel Church, pastor, author, and professor Dr. David Murray preaches a sermon on Psalm 77 that surveys depression and offers a broad strategy for battling the blues. The audio for this sermon is available on B
The people at our church know that I am not generally a fan of “fill in the blank” sermon notes. However, given our baptism service on Sunday — and a
Protestants can use the term sacraments. What is important is to define the significance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper in an ongoing way.
Regarding use of the term “sacraments,” Grudem writes:
There is disagreement among Protestants even over the general term that should be applied to [baptism and the Lord’s Supper].
In the context of Christian salvation, the word, “propitiation” means the turning away of wrath or anger usually by an offering. Propitiation appeases the wrath of God rightly brought about by our sin. First John 4:10 summarizes, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be
Nehemiah 12:43 reads, “And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God has made them rejoice with great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. And the joy or Jerusalem was heard far away.” We are having one of those kinds of weekends — for reasons I explain below — and I am really looking forward to
Atonement is central to what Christians believe. Yet, many believers cannot define this important word. Michael Horton offers this explanation, “Christ died in our place, bearing God’s wrath, satisfying his justice, and reconciling us to the Father.”
Broadly, the word “atonement” refers to reparation for an
The untranslated Hebrew word “selah / סֶלָה” found 71 times in the Psalms, reminds us that the Psalms are poetry and were often accompanied by musical instruments.
This summer I am preaching from the Psalms. The Psalms are precious to Christians. They teach us to pray, how to lead our emotions, how to
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