A Whale of a Reflection

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One year ago on this coming Sunday, I started a teaching series called “Route 66” (not original to me, but a catchy title in America). It is a “through the Bible” series in which I give each book of the Bible a full treatment in one teaching setting. Granted, this may not seem completely fair as some books are longer than others (e.g., Genesis’ 50 chapters compared to Obadiah’s 21 verses). It has been an excellent study, one in which my youth, my youth leaders, and myself has all benefited. Personally, it has been a wonderful discipline for me to preach expository through a whole book in one shot.… Continue reading

Jesus I Love, But the Father is Mean

UnknownOne of the most unjust claims I repeatedly hear is, “Why is God so mean in the Old Testament, but Jesus so nice in the New Testament?” This accusation would MAYBE be true if the only revelation about the Father before Jesus was Judges or the conquest into Canaan. But, if we read the entirety of the OT, the Father graciously loves His people and He proves it! In fact, when we properly understand sin and justice, we cannot even levy this claim against God in the book of Judges. A simple glance into OT doctrine reveals the Father is compassionate — just as we expect from the Triune God.… Continue reading

Living The Doctrines Of Grace

tulipsI am in the midst of doing something, I have longed to do for years.  I am preaching through Paul’s letter to Ephesians and more specifically I just finished preaching through what I consider the most beautiful, glorious and precious passage in the New Testament, Ephesians 2:1-10.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

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Reasonable Expectations

Recently I took my son to soccer practice. Now, I’m no soccer guy, but he’s eight, he loves it, so I’m in. He’s in a developmental league with practices on Tuesday and Friday nights with games on Saturday. It was time for practice to start, the whistle blew, and out of the hundreds of kids that should have been there for the program, there were only a percentage. I believe 4 out of his team of 10 had made it. I was talking to one of his coaches who was scrambling to rearrange the drills planned since there wasn’t enough critical mass to even have the type of practice they planned.… Continue reading

Back To The Basics: Apologetics Pt4 – Classical Apologetics

ApologeticsClassical apologetics is a two step approach to arguing for the Christian world view.  First it argues for a god, and after offering what it views as satisfactory arguments, it then progresses to arguing for the Christian triune God.

There are some positive aspects of classical apologetics.  It seeks to show that faith and reason are consistent, which is a noble aim and has been of service to countless believers, buttressing their faith.  Also the classical approach historically has been at the forefront of the apologetic efforts of the church as the preferred method of many staunch defenders of orthodoxy like Augustine, Hugo Grotius and B.B.… Continue reading