Author: David Steele

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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Worship the King

Psalm 99:1-5, “The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he! The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he! Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the Lord, and he answered...

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Matthew Barrett, Ed. Reformation Theology

Nearly five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his now famous ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. Luther’s courage continues to inspire faithful followers of Jesus. His character raises the bar for anyone who strives to serve with truth-centered passion in the Kingdom of God. His conviction puts steely audacity in the hearts of the timid and fearlessness in the one prone to cowardice. The resolve of Martin Luther helps fuel a new generation of Christians who do the right things for the right reasons—all for the glory of God. Reformation Theology, edited by Matthew Barrett celebrates...

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