The Meaning and Purpose of Verbal Plenary Inspiration

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What is Verbal Plenary Inspiration?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Meaning of Theopneustos and Verbal Plenary Inspiration. The Old Testament and the Inspiration of Scripture. The New Testament and...

Theological Triage – 2nd Order Issues Part 2

On this new By His Grace show, Andy and Dave consider how to preach and teach second-order issues, respond when second-order issues are denied, and approach issues and people with love and humility. What You Will Hear on This Episode How to preach on second-order...

Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up by Betsy Childs Howard

Discipleship is one of the most important aspects of Christian parenting. The young hearts of children are very impressionable and need to be carefully guarded and led. It is for this reason why it is crucial to start discipleship early in a child’s life. Proverbs...

Husbands, Wives, and Children

Colossians 3:18-21, “18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they...

4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard)

Beauty on the Inside Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!” The message is surprising. From the street, the house is thoroughly ordinary, even run-down. It’s a seventies-era raised...

Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The most important thing about us is what we think about God. What do you think of when you think about the Son of God? Some might first think about His miracles, the work of atonement, or His teaching. Others may think about His person. Christ is one person with two...

Colossians

Husbands, Wives, and Children

Colossians 3:18-21, “18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they...

Christ’s Word and the Believer

Colossians 3:16-17, “16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the...

The Love and Peace of Christ

Colossians 3:14-15, “14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Continuing his discussion of what the new...

A New Humanity in Christ

Colossians 3:9-11, “9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with...

Putting Off and Putting On

Colossians 3:9-10, “9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[a] with...

Life Before Christ

Life Before Christ

Colossians 3:7-8, “7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” John Chrysostom, one of the preachers of the early church, used the following...

Putting Sin to Death

Putting Sin to Death

Colossians 3:5-6, “5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[a] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.” Christian living is frustrating when we forget Scripture’s...

Our Hiddenness in God

Our Hiddenness in God

Colossians 3:3-4, “3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Anyone who reads Scripture carefully can discern a division of human history into two main epochs:...

Where Is Your Mind?: Setting Your Mind on the Word

Where Is Your Mind?: Setting Your Mind on the Word

Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” I crumble a piece of paper in my hand and throw it toward the trash can several feet away. I almost never name the shot on the first (or second or third) try. Usually, I’m too...

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Colossians 2:23, “23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” Despite the way certain circles misread Paul, the apostle is not...

Human Precepts and Teachings

Human Precepts and Teachings

Colossians 2:21-22, “21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?” Of all the things that could be said about biblical Christianity, one would be hard-pressed to...

Dead to the World Alive to Christ

Dead to the World Alive to Christ

Colossians 2:20, “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations.” Fear of evil spirits has plagued humanity since the fall, manifesting itself in a variety of superstitions,...

God-Given Growth

God-Given Growth

Colossians 2:19, “and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.” Life is not possible without one’s head attached. As the control center of the human...

Ascetism, Angels, and Visions

Ascetism, Angels, and Visions

Colossians 2:18, “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,” God reveals Himself in the created order, so even unregenerate people know He is separate and...

Shadows Versus Substance

Shadows Versus Substance

Colossians 2:16-17, "16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ." If there was any doubt as to...

Christ Defeats the Powers

Christ Defeats the Powers

Colossians 2:15, “He disarmed the rulers and authorities[a] and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” In many parts of the world today, and in nearly all cultures, there are a lot of superstitions, religious rites, and more that have been conjured...

Canceling Our Debt

Canceling Our Debt

Colossians 2:13-14, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it...