No Part-Time Sovereignty

There is no part-time sovereignty with God. He is, in every way and every day, in control of everything. Consider the weight this Scripture: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good to those who love God,  for those who are called … Read More

A Six-Pack on the Spirit

The first 13 verses of Acts 2 no doubt generate a number of questions. Here are six common ones: Q: In Joel’s prophecy, he describes God pouring out his Spirit on “all men.” Is this really all men, or just believers? A: A better translation, … Read More

The Law: Upholding It Yet Not Depending on It

The Law—an overarching term for God’s demands as revealed in Scripture—can be a difficult thing to grasp. Paul asserts it justifies no one, yet claims God’s people uphold it. Do you ever wonder what he means by both of these seemingly opposite ideas? Essentially, obeying … Read More

We Should Not Make It Difficult

…we should not make it difficult…” (Acts 15:19) Those six words are some of the most moving words any pastor ever spoke. Those words, spoken by James, pastor of the church in Jerusalem and spokesperson at the Jerusalem Council, were the foundation of his reasoning for urging … Read More

Kingdom is Greater than Culture

What marks you as you? Seriously, by what are you primarily known? Is it personality? Location? Ethnicity? Accent? Temperament? Occupation? Frankly, all those things (and more), while not wrong, are simply cultural identifiers. They’re social descriptions that recognize our individual uniqueness, even though we still share those “marks”with … Read More

Here Lies John Doe

Julie and I were recently looking at burial plots. It’s a decision we have to make at some point, so we began checking out local options. In the process, we read a number of headstones. Frankly, it’s quite intriguing to see what some people leave … Read More

Ten Beautiful Words

Romans 12:15 is a collection of 10 beautiful words: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” When we live out those words, we display a beautiful trait far too uncommon among many people: security. You see, only secure people can be glad for someone else; … Read More

In the Image of God: “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”

About 48 years ago—January of 1973—America’s Supreme Court delivered a ruling that made abortion legal. Not moral or ethical. And surely not biblical. Only legal. Since that time, it is estimated that over 55 million unborn babies have been killed. As I write this, my … Read More

A Kettle or a Sloth?

A literary technique often used to help one grasp the similarities and differences between two things is comparing and contrasting. And when the two subjects are polar opposites, usually what is discovered, quite emphatically, is the large variance. Such is the case in Romans 12:11, … Read More