Back To The Basics: The Constitution of Man Pt 2

This week I am continuing the series on the constitution of man I began February 1. You can read the first instalment here.  While it may seem an unimportant topic, it is essential to have a right understanding of the constitutional makeup of man if you are to have a scriptural view of man.  This topic impacts other important areas of the christian life and worldview often in unexpected ways.  This post focuses on the trichotomy view of man the third and final post in this short series will examine the dichotomy view.

As stated previously the trichotomy view holds that man is an amalgam of body, soul and spirit. … Continue reading

Bonhoeffer on Disappointment with Church

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13 ESV)

Every church has its flaws.  Significant ones, in fact, since even the best of churches are made up of and led by exclusively by sinners.  As a result, if you are a member of a local church, you are bound to be regularly disappointed by something going on within it.

In the local church it doesn’t take long before you encounter people who don’t share your excitement for the particulars of your theology, or who don’t seem to be very zealous in evangelism or very excited about living in “community,” or who are just remarkably ordinary (unlike you, of course).… Continue reading

Grace in 3D – Part 2

In the first part of this series, we looked at an often-overlooked role of grace: its empowerment for spiritual growth in a believer.

But this is not the only part of God’s grace toward Christians that gets overlooked. The other major work of “grace” in the Christian life is God’s empowerment for ministry.

The foremost example of this is the apostle Paul, who repeatedly cited the grace of God that was give to him for the particular ministry to which he was called: taking the gospel to the nations (Romans 1:5; 15:15-16; 1 Cor. 3:10; 15:10; Galatians 2:9; Ephesians 3:2, 7-8).… Continue reading

Marks of a Good Church

Recently, I went to South Africa. My wife and I were visiting a couple that we knew from seminary who are now doing gospel work in Nelspruit, South Africa. Our goal in going was to come alongside them in their church plant for encouragement, support, uplifting, and some Bible-training with their church. It was a precious time to be with them and I am grateful to the Lord of their friendship and work in the Lord.

While we were there, focused on serving them, I was taken aback at how strangely churchcomfortable I was. This “comfort” was not certainly not due to culture, as South Africa definitely has a different culture and way of doing life than my NW Arkansas culture.… Continue reading

Be a Peacemaker

“Blessed are the peacemakers” — Jesus.

I’m sure for the TBN viewer and habitual fan, the word “blessing” floods the mind with great health, financial prosperity, exemplary status, and your best life now. But to Jesus’s disciples, “blessed” provides the hope of eternal bliss with our Lord. True blessing and happiness does not rest in earthly possessions, but in the eternal blessing of having the Creator of the world as our true Father. He adopts us into His family, we are literally sons of God — children of God. To cry “Abba Father” is a literal cry to our adopted Father.… Continue reading