Category: What We Write About

How We Do Family Worship

I’m a big believer in family worship. God has clearly called parents to teach their children the ways of God intentionally. But for some, the idea of family worship is a bit scary. Either they don’t know how to do it, or they think it means three hours every night of exegetical study through Leviticus. Family worship doesn’t have to be scary or boring or a drudgery, it can be simple. Here are five ways we do it: 1) Around the Table. Sometimes we do it at dinner, other times we do it at breakfast (especially if I’m home...

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Hope Is a Good Thing

In the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy writes a letter to Red and includes the following remark, “Remember Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” If I could respond to Andy, I would simply say, “Amen.” The reason, of course, is that hope truly is a good thing. Despite difficulties, hope is one of those things that people everywhere hold onto, even if momentarily. Hoping admits frailty and attempts to look beyond the status quo, eagerly desiring and longing for something more. It’s good, yet it can be dangerous. Grasping...

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Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation by Nathan Busenitz

Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation by Nathan Busenitz recently hit the shelves. Busentiz sets out to discover whether or not the doctrine of justification by faith alone was taught and stressed before the days of the Protestant Reformation. Anyone familiar with the Reformers understands the motto, post tenabras lux (after darkness light). This little Latin phrase suggests that there was a darkness in the land in the days preceding the Reformation. Such an assertion is true; however, Busentiz asks whether or not any light existed at all. The answer is...

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Christ, Our Substitute

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” WHAT IS SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT? The cross of Jesus is where the substitutionary atonement happened. On the cross, Jesus served as our substitute and atoned for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). At the cross, our sin became Christ’s sin; our blameworthiness became Christ’s blameworthiness, the wrath we deserve from an infinitely just Being became the wrath He absorbed from an infinitely just Being. It made salvation possible for spiritually dead sinners wrought with...

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Jesus, His Critics and How to Handle Criticism

Criticism can either be helpful or unhelpful. Criticism is unhelpful when it aims to attack the person and belittles them. Criticism is valuable when it seeks to help the person grow to be like Jesus. In this article from Luke 23:6-12, we will see Jesus interact with His critics on His way to the Cross by being quiet in His response to His criticism instead of responding to them. At the end of the article, we will discover how to give godly criticism motivated by loving God and people, as well why unhelpful criticism is so harmful. Luke 23:6-12,...

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