For me September 11, 2001 dawned as any other day for making the commute in to the seminary and my first class of the day. As usual, I awakened early and prepared myself for a day of teaching. However, I broke my routine in a major way—I turned on the TV to check the news. In New York City a fire raged in one of the World Trade towers. Someone said that a plane had crashed into it, but confusion accompanied the story—really? what kind of plane?
Two Fallen Towers
Then, as I watched, viewers could hear the approach of a plane and gazed, horrified, as it struck the second tower!… Continue reading
An old pastors’ adage says, “Those who can’t, go; those who can’t go, teach”—the shortened aphorism for “Those who can’t preach, go to the mission field; those who can’t go to the mission field, teach.” Whoever created this useless and unbiblical proverb deserves appointment as minister of sanitation over church restrooms. This adage contradicts the following truths:
Every man going to the mission field must be able to preach the Word.
No one should go to the mission field as their second or third option for ministry.
Maybe you are a new Christian with energy enough for all of us to save the world just like God saved you. Maybe you have been raised in the church and don’t really remember when you were saved, but you know you are. Maybe you have been a Christian for a long time. No matter what stage in your Christian walk you are currently in, we are all to “let the word of Christ richly dwell within [us]” (Col 3:16).
“But,” I hear some of you saying, “I’m not a preacher. I have never been to Bible College or seminary. How can I, a lowly Christian, let the Bible dwell in me when I am not sure how to study it?”
Hebrews opens with one of the most Christ-descriptive paragraphs in all of the New Testament,
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they (1:1-4)
In short, Jesus is God in the flesh, the second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God. … Continue reading
There are certain doctrines in Scripture that I consider patently obvious and foundational to the Christian faith. When Scripture is read naturally, even a child concludes rightly what Scripture teaches about those doctrines. Unfortunately, it seems to me that more and more, children unknowingly practice better hermeneutics when they read Scripture than the most learned “scholars,” simply because they read Scripture in its plain sense – thus keeping them within the confines of Christian orthodoxy.
Scholars though, tend to spend their days stretching and flexing their hermeneutical acrobats in pursuit of something new under the sun. Consequently, many of them become heretics.… Continue reading