This installment of PS23 Interviews, I am privileged to interview Dr. Steven Lawson on the topic of preaching. Lawson has more than thirty years of preaching and pastoral experience. This conversation will bless you, whether you’re a young pastor in training . . . or a churchgoer looking to get the most out of the sermons you hear on Sunday morning. Plus, you’ll find out what Lawson says is the “sixth sola of the reformation.”
Enjoy, and as always, if you have a topic you’d like us to discuss or someone you’d like us to interview, let us know in the comment section below, and we’ll try to address it as we’re able.… Continue reading
Many folks find this time of year to be one of joy, reflection, celebration and wonder. It is this last thing – wonder – I want to address in this post. Specifically, I want to share with you some of my own wonder as it relates to that thing we call the Incarnation.
I have had some time to reflect upon the Incarnation a bit more than usual this season. This is because I had opportunity to preach a sermon to my local church on the subject on this past Sunday. By drawing on what I learned in my study I hope to reinvigorate in all of us the wonder which I believe should accompany any contemplation of the fact that, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14).… Continue reading
Healthcare and welfare top the charts as attention grabbers. This is nothing new; two thousand years ago multitudes followed Jesus over sea and land, they even tried to force Him to be their king. Here’s why: He gave them free food, healed their diseases and gave them hope the day he fed 15,000 to 20,000 people in John 6 (woman and children included).
By chapter’s end, scores of false disciples walk away from Jesus, never to return. He’s left addressing a congregation of only “The Twelve,” wanting to know whether they’d like to go away also.
John 6 is a message of God’s gracious provision of food and medical care, yet ironically, it’s also a classic example of a lack of gratitude from people who only want “a Jesus” who gives them free stuff, minus His call to “believe in Him whom God sent” (John 6:29).… Continue reading
Have you ever wondered about the possibility of salvation for non-Christians? A growing number of Christians claim to have the answer in inclusivism. Inclusivism is the belief that teaches it is possible to be justified through Jesus Christ without explicit or complete knowledge of who He is. Specifically, inclusivists hold that it may be possible that some who have never heard the preached word of the gospel can still be saved through Christ. Man is only responsible for what he knows, and is only judged by God based on the light he has been given and his response to that light.… Continue reading
Among many things, Christmas affords us the opportunity to focus on the birth of Christ. His entrance into time as a man was no ordinary one. The creator of time changed the course of time and history when He came; affirming with obvious proofs He was and is the Creator, and Lord over all things. His birth was no ordinary one; He was conceived of the Holy Spirit––born of the Virgin Mary.
Just considering those realities sets the birth of Christ on a bar no other human will ever attain. That makes His birth an extraordinary one and worthy of consideration.… Continue reading