There is Intellectual Content to the Christian Faith

Soapbox time… One of the things that really bugs me is when people believe that they can believe whatever they want to believe and yet still be called a “Christian.” True, there are certain things that are disagreed upon within the Christian faith — subject and mode of baptism, forms of liturgy, and the nature… Read More

A Sincere Trust

Remember those days when you were first learning to swim, perhaps with your father or mother standing beside the swimming pool, encouraging you to jump in and they would catch you? Perhaps it was learning to ride a two-wheeled bike for the first time and your parent (or maybe a trusted older sibling) was keeping… Read More

The Tyranny of the Devil

“Be self-controlled. Be Alert. Your enemy the devil goes about roaring, seeking one to devour. Oppose him firm in the faith, knowing that these things are being endured throughout the world by your brothers.” (1 Peter 5:8-9) “And the dragon became angry about the woman and departed to make war with her remaining offspring —… Read More

Pursuing Virtue is a Virtue

“The last thing, brothers, is that whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is upright, whatever is holy, whatever is lovely, whatever is praiseworthy, if there is virtue and if there is praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Virtue is again one of these words we don’t hear a lot in our modern, western… Read More

Stand With Conviction in the Lord

“Therefore, my beloved and longed for brothers, my joy and my crown, be firmly committed to the Lord, my beloved.” (Philippians 4:1) The message that Paul leaves us with in this verse is simple, but profound. He begins with another display of affection for this church. He speaks of them being the object of his… Read More

Entering Into Christ’s Sufferings

“to know him and the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his sufferings, sharing in the sake kind of death as his —” (Philippians 3:10) What does it mean to be “found in Christ”? It means that in the context of his imputation of righteousness to us, we come into relationship with him —… Read More

Righteousness from God dependent on Faith

“And that I might be found in him, not having my own righteousness from the Law, but rather through faith in Christ — a righteousness from God that is dependent on faith.” (Philippians 3:9) “Therefore, having been justified as a result of faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)… Read More

Pursuing the Gospel, not Self

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) Paul’s focus here and always is on the advancement of the Gospel. He is willing to suffer anything and lose everything, and still call it good, so long as the Gospel goes… Read More

Where Does Your Understanding of Jesus Come From?

“Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again and questioned Jesus and said to him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you say this from yourself or has another spoken to you concerning me?’” (John 18:33-34)   Jesus has thus been returned to Pilate’s custody and now Pilate must decide how to handle… Read More

Hope or Despair; Life or Death

“Then, when Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned, he had second thoughts and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ But they said, ‘What is that to us? Look to yourself.’” (Matthew 27:3-4)   In the flow of things, this… Read More

Faith of Our Fathers

“And it came to pass that Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, buried him in the cave of Makpelah — the one in the field of Ephron the son of Tsohar the Hittite  which is in the direction of Mamre — the field which Abraham bought from the sons of the Hittites. There Abraham was buried… Read More

“What if’s”

“‘Yet, if this woman does not want to come with you, then you will be blameless according to this oath. Only my son must not return there.’” (Genesis 24:8)   One might be tempted to suppose that even Abraham has a little doubt in his mind by making this statement, yet the statement that he… Read More

A Little Taste of the Promise

“Afterwards, Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Makpelah toward Mamre (which is Hebron), in the land of Canaan. The field and the cave which is in it were given up to Abraham as a possession for a grave from the Sons of Cheth.” (Genesis 23:19-20)   And with dignity… Read More

What to do when We Cannot See Our Way out of a Mess

“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the waterskin and gave a drink to the lad.” (Genesis 21:19)   Sometimes people look at this passage and wonder at how Hagar could not have seen a well nearby. There are two elements we need to keep in… 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

Defending Job’s Wife

Recently, I read an article that really came down hard on Job’s wife because of the statement that she makes to her husband, to “curse God and die.”  The author went as far as to suggest that this was a woman who clearly had no faith and was a blasphemer because of the statement that… 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