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...

Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays

The Unexpected Visitors: God’s Message To Us Today Through The Curious Visitors in Matthew 2:1-15

I used to have a Hebrew professor who would give us a passage in the Hebrew. We were to translate it and then interpret it. I gave this one sermon, which was just outstanding, I thought. And the class also greatly enjoyed it. The professor smiled approvingly after I...

Counseling for Joy At Christmas

Luke 2:8-14, “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them,...

Counseling for Hope at Christmas

Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name ‘Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” This passage informs the Christmas story as much as any other in the Bible, and we are accustomed to reading it at this time of...

Anxiety at Christmastime

Of all the Holidays, Christmas may present the best opportunity to be anxious. Frantically running...

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season I love Christmas but the weeks leading up to it are often the busiest and most demanding of the year. As a ministry wife, I can feel pressure to be involved in every church event. As a mom, I want to support my kids by...

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

“I’m clinically depressed,” she said. One of my family members, who is a lifelong Christian, spoke these words to me one Christmas several years ago. I was surprised to hear her admission because she always seemed so joyful. She and I have been close since childhood....

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

“Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King; He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity. In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come; look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.”[1] As we approach...

The Bad News about Christmas

The Bad News about Christmas

Accepting Our Condition The baby in the manger came to tell us the worst news ever, because until we accept the worst news ever, we’ll never want the best news ever. The birth of Jesus was bad news. It wasn’t just your typical piece of bad news; it was the worst news...

Advent: Focusing Our Hearts On Christ

Advent: Focusing Our Hearts On Christ

Waiting. We’re terrible at it, aren’t we? We don’t like to wait for anything. What used to take forty-five minutes to bake can now be microwaved in two minutes. We want our internet fast and our shows on demand. I even thought about upgrading to a newer Keurig that...

Good News of Great Joy

Good News of Great Joy

Luke 2:10, "And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” We live in a world with 24-hour news cycle. Between TV channels and online newspapers, the news is flying at us constantly. I’m...

A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas

A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas

Family holiday dinners are something I've always looked forward to, especially once I became "Mrs. Allen." Fellowship and laughter fill the room and joy fills my heart. But in this season of our life, these dinners have become bittersweet as I remember our three...

Depression, Discouragement, and Hope in Christ During the Holidays

Depression, Discouragement, and Hope in Christ During the Holidays

The Holidays are a time when many people have a challenging time with depression. Whether from the reminder of a loss of a loved one at this time of year, a divorce, a broken heart, broken friendships and marriages on the verge of collapse, the Holidays are often...

Preparing a Table of Kindness This Holiday Season

Preparing a Table of Kindness This Holiday Season

Being a bit of a dish maven, I absolutely love a beautifully set table. I could spend hours making a table look like something straight out of the “tablescaping” contests when the mood strikes, but time constraints keep me from going completely table décor hog wild...

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

1. Jesus is the reason for the season. The primary purpose for observing Christmas is remembering Jesus’s birth. At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’s birthday, not the little drummer boy or Santa Claus! 2. Jesus preexisted with God in the beginning before the world...

Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays

Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays

John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Most of you reading this have never met me, but I used to be quite the scrooge during the holidays, especially Christmas. At the time it never felt intentional...