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...

Person and Work of Christ

Who is Jesus? The Most Fundamental Question of the Christian Faith

Mark 8:29 – “And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?' Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.’” Who is Jesus? This is a question that bears to be repeated and considered often. It is the most fundamental question of our faith. How we answer reveals our...

Salvation According to His Word

Psalm 119:41, "Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD— Your salvation according to Your word.” Notice that this stanza in Psalm 119:41-48 begins with a request. It begins with a cry for the mercies (or steadfast love) of Yahweh. And the Psalmist seems to know that...

I Thirst

At the crossroads of history, Jesus hung nailed to a cross. The loss of blood from the beating alone would have killed most men, but this was no ordinary man. This was the Son of God, and His death was ordained in covenant with His Father. The crowds gathered around...

Joy in the Journey

Introduction to The Reading The Psalms, from Psalm 120 to 134, are the sacred songs that the...

Something to Hate

Something to Hate

Do you have any words you outlaw in your home? Perhaps you forbid words such as “shut up” or “stupid.” One of the words I limit in our house is the word “hate.” I can’t say that I hate the word because I think it's a powerful word that should be used properly. It...

Jesus Came to Bring Peace

Jesus Came to Bring Peace

Some Christmas cards are brightly colored red, green, or mystic-blue and golden beams, or Courier and Ives prints and unmistakably Christmastime greetings. Such cards remind me of Isaiah 40 and of the birth narratives in the Gospels. There's no mistaking the promise...

When They Saw the Child, They Worshiped

When They Saw the Child, They Worshiped

“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). There is a library full of lessons in this single verse of...

Where is He Now? Christ and His Session

Where is He Now? Christ and His Session

Only a single word remained, “Croatoan.” It was all that Governor John White could find of the 115 people (including his own family) he left behind three years earlier in 1587. Roanoke colony had vanished. There were no bodies, no gravesites; even the buildings had...

A Son Is Given

A Son Is Given

God’s judgment is just as terrible as his salvation is wonderful. Nowhere is this made more apparent than in the ninth chapter of Isaiah, as the Lord describes in vivid detail the impending doom that he will bring to those who have continued in rebellion against him:...

Advent and the Genealogy of Christ

Advent and the Genealogy of Christ

“And Asaph begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Uzziah; and Uzziah begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Ahaz; and Ahaz begat Hezekiah” (Matthew 1:8-9). Many devout Bible reader’s eyes have glazed over by the midpoint of the genealogy of Christ in...

Hope Is a Good Thing

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...

Christ, Our Substitute

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...

Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” (Luke 23:34) Jesus Christ, the God-Man, committed the most scandalously humble act in human history: He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born as a man who was obedient...

All This To Fulfill What the Lord Had Spoken

All This To Fulfill What the Lord Had Spoken

In the wonderfully heart-warming, spirit-lifting, worship-inducing story of the birth of Jesus, as it is related to us by Matthew, there is one crucial element of the whole event that is often overlooked. That a virgin would bring forth a son is astounding; that Jesus...

He Came to Bring Salvation

He Came to Bring Salvation

“Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself" (Psalm 80:17). Psalm 80 is written by Asaph. This is one of 12 Psalms written by this musical and liturgical leader appointed by David. Asaph's identity is...

Good News for the Unwanted

Good News for the Unwanted

Good News for the Unwanted  Exclusion, expulsion, alienation, and forsakenness—these were major themes in the ancient Jewish world.[1] The “impure” could be expelled from the community. The carcasses of sacrificed animals had to be burned outside the camp. The...