The Purpose and Meaning of Christian Dogma

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, "What is Christian Dogma?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Criteria for Christian Dogma. Christian Dogma and a Watching World. The Apostle Paul, Timothy, and Sound Doctrine. The Source of Sound Doctrine. The...

How to Prioritize Reading

Set Reading Priorities Our reading may not be disciplined, efficient, or fruitful until we read with purpose. Before you begin reading a book, determine why you are reading it. We will often neglect what we don’t prioritize. And book reading is often neglected because...

Be Excellent as Christ Is Excellent

Be Grounded in God’s Own Glory and Excellence As Daniel Harrington and James Keenan contend, “From an ethical viewpoint, the end is the quintessential point of departure, since strong ethical systems always start with the end. The goal always defines the agenda being...

The Necessity of the Atonement

We’ve been looking at the atonement in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. First, we looked at a few theories of the atonement that don’t do justice to the teaching of Scripture. Then, we looked at the biblical teaching of the...

Husband of One Wife and Fighting Sexual Sin

On today’s Warriors of Grace episode, Dave talks about what it means to be a husband of one wife, along with providing strategies to learn to fight sexual sin with Scripture, joy in the Lord, and other practical guidance. What you’ll hear in this episode What it means...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

The Gospel and the Christian Life

Christ-Centered Teaching: How His Kingdom Comes

Introduction What is the message we have to preach, but this? “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Recently I preached this core Christian message. It was recorded, and subsequently broadcast on several sites that ended up on the Internet. I often receive replies to...

Monitor Your Motives

Philippians 1:15-18a, “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict...

If Jesus Wept, We Can Too

Quickly after becoming a Christian, I developed my theology of suffering. I had all the answers to the hard questions of life (or so I thought) and thought surely those answers would be all I needed to face any kind of suffering headed my way. With Romans 8:28 written...
Why Hospitality Is for All Christians

Why Hospitality Is for All Christians

The Diverse Family of God Radically ordinary hospitality—those who live it—see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as family of God. They recoil at reducing a person to a category or a label. They see God’s image reflected in the eyes of every human being on earth....

The Joy of Gospel Partnership

The Joy of Gospel Partnership

Philippians 1:3-5, “3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Partnership is crucial for any worthwhile endeavor in...

Thankfulness for Christ and the Joy He Alone Provides

Thankfulness for Christ and the Joy He Alone Provides

Philippians 1:3-4, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,” When I was a child, I learned a song called “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy” from my mother, and to this day I can still hear her...

The Lord Is Faithful

The Lord Is Faithful

2 Thessalonians 3:3-5, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and...

Grace and Joy in Christ Alone

Grace and Joy in Christ Alone

Philippians 1:1-2, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” An Incredible Book Full of the Grace of God...

Praying For our Children With A Genetic Condition

Praying For our Children With A Genetic Condition

In 2013, I received a devastating phone call from a pediatric gastroenterologist diagnosing our two-year-old son with a rare and serious genetic condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. While relieved to hear an explanation for his elevated liver enzymes...

Are We Meant to Enjoy Our Work?

Are We Meant to Enjoy Our Work?

What Is the Good Life? The stories we tell reveal our understanding of the world, with our hopes and fears, and the songs we sing are poetic crystallizations of the deep longings of our hearts. The deep longings of our hearts correspond to what we envision as the good...

Teaching Your Kids Gratitude in the Media Age

Teaching Your Kids Gratitude in the Media Age

Turbo-Charged Dissatisfaction Having the ‘gimmees’ is nothing new. Kids have struggled with excessive longings to have more than they do for as long as there have been kids. It’s also not new for them to feel that they should have immaterial things as well as physical...

Bible Reading: Duty or Delight?: Guidance on Bible Reading

Bible Reading: Duty or Delight?: Guidance on Bible Reading

As a pastor, I desperately want the people in my church to read the Bible. Not just when they come to big church or Bible study, but during the week on their own. I want the Lord’s people in my local church to read the Bible regularly and consistently. I also desire...

What C. S. Lewis Can Teach Us about Youth Ministry

What C. S. Lewis Can Teach Us about Youth Ministry

A Case Study C. S. Lewis provides a case study of what is missing from most youth ministries in the United States. When he was a teenager, he was the kid that would not have had a place in most youth ministries. During his teenage years, C. S. Lewis drifted into...

5 Myths about John Calvin

5 Myths about John Calvin

Dispelling Urban Legends Like many larger-than-life figures in the history of the church, the memory of the French Reformer John Calvin has been subjected to various distortions that amount to urban legends. Myth #1: Calvin had Michael Servetus executed. During what...

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality

1. Hospitality reflects the gospel. Faithful Christians are—and have always been—a strange minority in a hostile world. Redeemed by Christ, we have lost our old lives—and with our lives, we have left behind the history, identity, and people who once claimed us....