Author: David Steele

God’s Grace and Your Sufferings

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Achilles was the Greek hero in Homer’s Iliad during the Trojan War who was killed by Paris with an arrow that struck his only vulnerable spot, his heel. So the Achilles heel is the vulnerable or susceptible spot. Critics of historic Christianity often point to the problem of evil and argue that it is the “weak spot” of our faith. Hence, the problem of evil is referred to as the Achilles heel of the Christian faith. Ronald Nash writes, “Objections to theism come and go…But every philosopher I know believes...

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Five Lessons from John Calvin on the Christian Life

July 10, 2017, marked the 508th birthday of John Calvin. But the streamers and balloons are nowhere to be found. Simply put, we live in a day that is so wrapped up in technology and new inventions that we tend to forget the lessons of the past, especially the lessons of a dead guy. Calvin’s life was a pilgrimage that was characterized by God’s providential grace. It was God’s providential grace that led him from place to place, equipping him for a lifetime of ministry. It was God’s providential grace that sustained him during his period of exile and sheltered him...

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The Safety Zone

Psalm 2:7-12 The opening verses of Psalm 2 unveil the rebels who resist the authority of God. This passage reveals the posture of rebels who are poised to dethrone God. These rebels rage against God and plot against him (v. 1). They oppose the LORD and his anointed (v. 2). These rebels make autonomy their ultimate goal (v. 3). They want to be free from God’s demands. They want to be free from God’s laws. And these recalcitrant rebels seek freedom from God’s reign and his rule. Here’s the fascinating irony: Every rebel who searches for freedom apart from...

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The Mad Dash for Meaning

Psalm 8:1-9 Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the band, Soundgarden stepped on the platform at the Fox Theater in Detroit on May 17. Two hours after the show ended, he was dead. Medical examiners determined that he had hung himself. Cornell is memorialized as a father and a philanthropist. One writer called him “the elder statesman of rock.”[1] When I learned the sad news about Cornell, I prayed for his family and friends. I prayed that God would comfort them in their time of sorrow. I went to Soundgarden’s website and noticed they had a full tour schedule...

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The Danger Zone

Psalm 2:1-6 There is a specific response that God demands from us in Scripture. When you hear that someone makes a demand, there is an underlying implication of authority. In our culture, the very mention of the word demand automatically invites skepticism. In our age of anti-authoritarianism, anyone making a demand is likely to face stiff opposition. However, God is not moved. The Creator makes a series of demands that every creature is obligated to obey: God calls all people to acknowledge the greatness of his worth. ““Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like...

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