Exmass and Krissmass

An Additional Chapter from Herodotus (a tribute to C.S. Lewis) Once upon a time in the village of Acirema, a strange tradition resided with the people, though, perhaps the word tradition is not the best word to describe the antics that were found to take place amongst the people.  You see, the people did not… Read More

A Christian Hierarchy of Values

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, argued that there was a hierarchy of values in terms of what was worthwhile for individuals and society to pursue.  For Aristotle, the highest value was the knowledge of truth for its own sake.  Of course, Aristotle was an Empiricist, which means that his real interest in “Truth” has to do… Read More

John Calvin: Apologist for the Reformation

(This took me a while to transcribe, but what follows is the content of my lecture at the International Calvin 500 Conference, held in Moscow, Russia, this past September)   I would like to begin simply by thanking you for the opportunity to speak this day.  As I stand here and listen to some of… Read More

Are You Getting with the Program or Watching It?

I will confess that I am a consummate daydreamer.  My mind not only drifts off into curiosity on things tangential to what is taking place or being taught, but I am also prone to rabbit trails when I am in the role of teacher.  I never realized just how frustrating that must have been to… Read More

A Mocha-Frappe-Latte Society

“The Christian faith has not been tried and found lacking; it has been found difficult and been left untried.” -George Macdonald I must confess up front that I am not a coffee drinker.  I neither like the taste of it nor the smell of it, nor do I have any compulsion to infuse it with… Read More

No Nice Christians!

I don’t want any nice Christians in our church!  In fact, I don’t want to see nice Christians anywhere in the world!  Okay, now that I have your attention, let me explain what I mean.  The English word, “nice,” comes from the Latin word “nescire.”  Nescire has as its root word, “scio,” which is the… Read More

Inalienable Rights

On July 4, 1776, 56 men gathered to sign a document that would swiftly plunge the 13 colonies that they represented into a war for independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was designed to be a clear statement of their justification for rebellion against the world’s dominant empire. This document, from the beginning,… Read More

Is the Bible Inerrant?

One of the things we talk a lot about in church circles is the authority of scripture—that it is given by God and is designed to instruct us in every area of life.  One of the terms that we use when we speak of why the scriptures are authoritative is the term “inerrant.”  But I… Read More

Foundational Biblical Principles to Classroom Management

Some initial thoughts as to some Biblical principles that ought to shape the way Christian schools and Christian teachers order their classrooms.  These thoughts are not meant as exhaustive, but instead are meant to be a Biblical foundation upon which a philosophy of Christian education can be built. 1.  The interaction with students, from instruction… Read More

Doxology

“Now, to him who has the power to keep you free from stumbling, and to set you before his glory, blameless and with a shout of joy, To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Lord—be glory, majesty, power and authority, before all the ages, now, and into all eternity!  Amen.   Personally,… Read More

Exhortation: Evangelize

“Now, show mercy to those who doubt; save others, snatching them from the fire; show mercy mixed with fear, hating even the garment stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude 22-23)   Jude’s guide for evangelism:  Jude moves on to exhort us to make our faith active with an outward expression of faith.   Now, there are some… Read More

Exhortation: Stand Firm

“But you, beloved, yourselves being built up in the most holy faith, praying by the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, receiving the mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ—eternal life.” (Jude 20-21)   He begins the exhortations with guides for spiritual health within the congregation.  We are to build ourselves up in… Read More

Exhortation: Remember

“But you, beloved, remember the things that were foretold by the apostles of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  For they said to you, ‘In the end times there will be mockers chasing their own desires and impiety.’  It is these who cause divisions.  Natural ones, they do not have the Spirit.”  (Jude 17-19)   A third… Read More

Warning of Coming Judgment

“And Enoch, the seventh son from Adam, prophesied these things saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with his holy myriads with him to bring judgment against all, to convict all human life of all their works of impiety, which they did impiously, and concerning all the cruelty that impious sinners spoke against Him.  These are grumblers… Read More

The Nature of These Men

“They are a stain to your love feasts, eating without fear, shepherding themselves; they are waterless clouds, blown by the wind—unfruitful trees in late autumn—twice dead and uprooted.  They are wild waves at sea, foaming up their own shame, wandering stars for whom the dark gloom of eternity has been kept.” (Jude 12-13)   Eating… Read More

The Three Woes

The Three Woes:   “Woe to them who have traveled the way of Cain, and to them who have committed the error of Balaam, who have dedicated themselves to wages, and to those who perished in Korah’s rebellion.”  (Jude 11)   1)  The way of Cain:  Instead of taking the way of Christ, these false… Read More

Warnings about the Church’s Present: Blasphemy

“To be sure, in the same way, these people are dreaming, and to be sure, they defile the flesh.  Also, they reject authority and they blaspheme.  As for Michael, the Archangel, when disputing with the Devil, arguing about the body of Moses, he did not dare to judge—to bring denigration—but he said, “The Lord rebuke… Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Sodom and Gomorrah (Sexual Immorality)

“As Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, in like manner committing sexual sin and going after each other’s flesh, they are set before you as an example of suffering justice and eternal fire.”  (Jude 7)   Thirdly, Jude deals with the sin of sexual immorality by pointing to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. … Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Angels (Pride)

“And the angels who did not hold to their own office, but deserted their own dwelling place to enter judgment on that great day, are kept, chained eternally in gloom.” (Jude 6)   Secondly, Jude describes the pride of the fallen angels, who looked to increase their own power and authority above the position that… Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Egypt (Idolatry)

“Now I want to remind you, though you have known all these things, that the Lord once saved a people from the land of Egypt and afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” (Jude 5-7, ESV)   Within this section that offers warnings from the history of Israel, we find three sins that are being… Read More

Jude’s Purpose for Writing & the Problem

“Beloved, I was eager to be able to write you of our common salvation, but it has become necessary to write you to struggle for the holy faith that has been once and for all time delivered to you.  For certain ones have snuck in secretly, who have from long ago been preordained for judgment,… Read More

Jude’s Greeting

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, brother of James, to those who have been loved in God the father, and who have been guarded and called for Jesus Christ:  May mercy be to you and may peace and love be multiplied.” (Jude 1-2)   As mentioned earlier, Jude identifies himself not as Jesus’ half-brother, but… Read More

Introduction to Jude

Author:  Jude: the half-brother of Jesus.  Reference Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13: 55.  He is also the brother of James (the author of the epistle James, see Galatians 1:19 as well as Jude 1 for this connection).  These were two of the children that Mary and Joseph had by normal means.  We know little more… Read More

Outline of Judges

Book of Judges Outline             I.     The Crisis and Conquest after Joshua’s Death (1:1-36) a.     Who shall go up to fight for us?  (1:1-2) b.     Judah and Simeon go up & defeat the Canaanites (1:3-7) c.     Judah fights and takes the city of Jerusalem (1:8-10) d.     Continued conquest (1:11-20) e.     Benjamin fails to drive… Read More