It seems strange to say it out loud (or type it out anyway), but expository preaching is all the rage these days. This is a great thing. God’s people need to hear His Word preached. Despite what some may say they are hungry for it. Just this past Sunday a millennial who looked about as millennial as a millennial could look, the exact kind of person who many would say “are over” preaching, told me how relieved he was when the phrase expository preaching was uttered by the man doing announcements at the beginning of the service. But this is where things can get a bit hinky, just because a preacher describes himself as an expositor, doesn’t mean he is, and just because a sermon is labeled as expository doesn’t mean it is.… Continue reading
Friendship is not a concept foreign to the Bible. Friendship is often used to illustrate something negative. Proverbs warns us about what bad friends may do. We see Job surrounded by bad friends. Many of the prophets lament their situations and express it using friendship terms.
There’s one use that, in my opinion, is especially heartwrenching.
49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.
Jesus wasn’t betrayed by one of the Pharisees or some random Roman.… Continue reading
Why did God create man with the ability to sin? I suspect this is a question that you have asked at some point in your life. I know I have. It is a variation of the age-old “problem of evil.” Is there an answer to this question? And how might it apply to other kinds of God-ward questions beginning with “why”?
In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin gives a very good two-part answer to the question of why God made man with the ability to sin. I thought I’d pass it on to you in this post, as I have found it helpful, and I believe it is relevant to the other why questions of life.… Continue reading
In what has become an all too common occurrence I was recently asked to comment on a mass shooting, specifically I was asked what is the cause of the rise in mass shootings and what can be done to mitigate the risk in the future and how should we a Christians think about mass shootings. While I may have some ideas about the why and how of mass shootings, what I can speak definitively about is a Christian perspective on mass shootings. And we find that perspective in Romans 5.
Before we get to Romans 5 I’ll simply say this, I don’t think any conversation that is limited to guns is a serious discussion about why there has been a drastic increase in mass shootings in the U.S.… Continue reading
In this discussion of Lent I have attempted to answer some of the key objections evangelicals have raised as they observe other evangelicals observing Lent in some form or other. I have argued that Lent is rooted in the essential Christian practices of discipleship, repentance, and church discipline, and it is not inherently an effort to win favor with God or impress other people. There is much more to be said, but rather than attempt to say it all, I will address a few remaining issues and share some of my own experience as a way of inviting others to explore this historic practice.… Continue reading