There are many questions we have to answer each day: what will I wear to work or school? What's for breakfast? Lunch? And dinner? What project should I tackle first? How will I respond to this e-mail? How will I accomplish this task? What will I say to this co-worker? How will I help this … Continue reading Can You Explain the Gospel?
"We must not confuse the fruit of the Christian life with the root of it."
At the end of Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings there is a scene to behold. Far into the dark and evil land of Mordor a solemn and weary Samwise Gamgee looked up into the sky, saw the clouds part, and beheld a single star. Tolkien describes this moment like this, “Sam saw a … Continue reading May Easter Weekend Smite Your Heart With Christ’s Beauty
Imagine if you woke up in the morning to discover this breaking news on your social media feed and across every major news network.: "the body of Jesus Christ has been discovered in a tomb near Jerusalem." If somehow this news could be verified, it would mean the end of the Christian faith and a … Continue reading If Christ Be Not Raised…
Justin Taylor: In his book, What Is the Meaning of Sex? (Crossway, 2013), Denny Burk explains why it is contrary to Paul’s intended meaning for us to cite “all things are lawful” (1 Cor. 6:12) as if it is something he approves. In fact, the context makes clear that this is actually something he is refuting: Almost … Continue reading Why Christians Need to Stop Citing “All Things Are Lawful”
I want to end with this few day pondering on 1 Cor. 10:13 with an illustration. There once lived a German monk who changed the world. Martin Luther was his name, and he became the figure head of the Protestant reformation. Many biographies have been written on him and they all contain one of Luther’s … Continue reading Fighting by Banking on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ
The 2nd reality streaming to us from 1 Corinthians 10:13 is: God is Faithful Now, the rest of the verse shows us that temptation provides the opportunity for us to see something about God, something that we also forget when tempted. Look at the rest of the verse: “He will not let you be tempted … Continue reading Temptation Provides a Glimpse of God
Hear the Word of God, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13) Earlier I said there … Continue reading Common Temptation Means Hope/Grace in Community
Are you a zombie fanatic? Do you watch The Walking Dead? I don't watch The Walking Dead, but I am a zombie fan. I enjoy watching World War Z and I Am Legend. People are terrified, zombies are everywhere, there on the run, and it seems all the characters on all these shows deal with … Continue reading Zombie Movies, Temptation, and 1 Corinthians 10:13
I am a firm believer in working out and staying fit for one big reason. 1 Cor. 10:31 says, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” There are two implications from this verse that are massive for us in our daily living. a) Because God … Continue reading Why I Believe Fitness is a Must for Christians
Hamlet is one of the many plays written by Shakespeare. Most people have heard of it, or at least read parts of it sometime in their lives. What strikes me about it is how C.S. Lewis used this play to teach about how salvation happens to a human created in God’s world. I know this … Continue reading Hamlet, Shakespeare, and Sovereign Election
Happy Resurrection Sunday, Happy Easter! For ages now Christians have celebrated the Son of God bursting out of the grave on this day, and that really matters. Jesus was dead, and then wasn't. No one else in history has experienced that, (Lazarus did, but it took another to raise him from death), no one else … Continue reading It Really Matters if Jesus is Still Dead