God’s Incredible Commitment to His People

God rightfully and jealously desires to know his people and be known by his people. And he will do everything to ensure that occurs. Ezekiel is the proof of the previous statement. In fact, one of the recurring statements in this Old Testament book, especially … Read More

The Dividing—and Starting—Line is Life

We witnessed yesterday one of the clearest and most horrific displays of what separates liberals and conservatives in America: the 218-211 vote in the House of representatives to approve codifying the Roe v Wade opinion of the Supreme Court into law, protecting the “right” to … Read More

Finally Fully Blameless

Being “blameless” is a biblical goal for God’s people. Believers are exhorted to live blamelessly as lights in the world (Phil. 2:15), the Hebrew hymnbook declares a blessing upon blameless people (Psalm 119:1), and men who desire to shepherd the church (i.e., elders) and serve … Read More

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