If he is inviting me to my death, then I will come

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Martin Luther was a man with feet of clay. He was far from perfect. But one thing is undeniable, he was a man of courage. After his 95 Theses went viral, Luther lived with a cloud over his head. He remarked: “I am expecting the curses of Rome any day. I have everything in readiness. When they come, I am girded like Abraham to go I know not where, but sure of this, that God is everywhere.” After sending the Catholic church into a theological tail spin, Luther felt it was only a matter of time before he went the way of his forerunners like Hus and Wycliffe — that is, to the stake.… Continue reading

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The Not-Yet Transfigured Jesus

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Matthew 17 provides an interesting string of events in Jesus’s life on earth. The first event Jesus takes Peter, James, and John with Him and transfigures into His glorified state. Witnessing this was memorizing. Peter offers to commemorate this event with three shrines, one for Elijah, Moses, and Jesus. Afterwards, Jesus comes down from the mountain and encounters a man whose wants mercy and help for his demon possessed child. The stories should be familiar among all of us. But I fear, the message conveyed by this chapter often loses Matthew’s message. These events communicate an important truth. Keeping with Dr.… Continue reading

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Implications or Applications?: Preaching Biblical Narratives

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Some preachers produce abundant applications (or, implications?) for their congregations from biblical narratives, whether they are Old Testament historical narratives like Judges 4 or New Testament Gospel narratives like Mark 3. Other preachers insist they should offer only theological and practical implications. Still others refuse to recognize any implications or applications from Scripture narratives. They declare, “Biblical narrative is only descriptive, not prescriptive.” Which practice is best? Which practice is legitimate and in keeping with sound biblical interpretation?

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No matter what the topic, one should always begin with the Scriptures themselves. What does the Word of God teach?… Continue reading

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Readiness = Godliness

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“Ready or not, here I come” is a common phrase used of children (or their parents) when playing Hide-and-Seek. This phrase could also be applied to Jesus’ return. God the Father has set redemptive history before the foundation of the world and Jesus’ return will come exactly when He has planned. The question is, are you ready? Because He is coming whether you are ready or not. Let’s explore readiness for a few moments.

There are two major sermons in the Gospel of Matthew. The first being the Sermon on the Mount in chs 5-7, in which Jesus shows what kingdom people look like.… Continue reading

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Reprise: Still Be Discerning about Discernment Ministries

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inspector_pp“Although originally written two years ago, I believe this is still a topic that needs some serious thought. In fact, many of my concerns about many of these ministries have been magnified as some prominent ones have degenerated into de facto internet  gossip columns and platforms to pursue personal grudges against pastors,theologians and churches.”

One of the great things about being a 21st century believer is the dazzling array of resources that are literally at our fingertips. The internet, yes I said internet, can be a boon to the believer. Virtually every sermon in every church, at least in the western evangelical world, is recorded and available for free download.… Continue reading

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