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...

Sanctify

How to Receive Criticism

Feedback has been called “the breakfast of champions.” Unfortunately, most of us have a hard time eating it. So often we misinterpret this feedback or constructive criticism as a personal attack, and in pride and anger, we counterattack in self-defense. What we could...

How Sin Does Its Work

"Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews...

What is the Will of God?

It’s a question that many of us ask: “What is God’s will for my life?” After all, what child of God does not want to know the answer to this? The question of purpose—who we are, why we’re here, what God wants of/from/for us—is fundamental to human existence. The best...
Why is Waiting on God So Hard?

Why is Waiting on God So Hard?

Most of us don’t like waiting. We are annoyed with lengthy checkout lines at the store, frustrated by long red lights, and (if you live in northern Indiana like me) depressed with the lingering of winter temperatures in the middle of April. But we especially don’t...

Loving God With All Your Soul

Loving God With All Your Soul

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). There is a Latin maxim: ubi amor, ibi oculus. “We love to look at what we love.” When one of the scribes, seeking apparently...

Seven Ways to Cultivate Holiness in the Christian Life

Seven Ways to Cultivate Holiness in the Christian Life

Believers are called to holy living. This is the clear teaching of the Bible. As we continue our series on holiness, we want to consider the question, “How then does the believer cultivate holiness?” We will look at seven different ways. First, know and love...

Six Reasons to Practice Spiritual Disciplines

Six Reasons to Practice Spiritual Disciplines

Over the last few months, we’ve been walking our church through a study on spiritual disciplines. We’ve talked about Bible intake, prayer, giving, fasting, solitude, journaling, and reading. Along the way, we’ve tried to be practical, helping our people know how to...

Means of Assurance

Means of Assurance

In a world filled with sin, the flesh, and the devil, assurance of salvation is the soft feather bed on which the Christian rests. Assurance proves to be one of the greatest benefits of the Christian faith and the rightful inheritance of the child of God. In its...

Humility

Humility

"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace"...

Three Marks of a True Christian

Three Marks of a True Christian

Recently, after returning from a lengthy ministry trip to Europe, I was privileged to be reunited with our local church for corporate worship.  I preached from 1 John 3:11-24 in our ongoing series titled, “Know.” As you know, John the apostle used the word “know” some...

Training in Righteousness

Training in Righteousness

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Righteousness! Is there any finer ambition, nobler aspiration, or loftier aim than this? God could have given us a Book...

Which Joy Rules Your Heart?

Which Joy Rules Your Heart?

John Owen (1616–1683) has a reputation for being hard on sin — and even harder to read. Nineteenth-century Scottish professor John Duncan is famous for assigning Owen to his students with the warning, “Prepare for the knife!” And theologian A.W. Pink said he found...

Seven Ways to Wage War Against Sin

Seven Ways to Wage War Against Sin

Sin. It is everywhere. It is never dormant. It is not passive. It does not sleep. It actively weakens and darkens the soul of every human being and has done so since the Fall (Genesis 3). Sin tempts our will. It separates us from our Father. It deceives our hearts and...

Weapons in the Fight Against Anxiety and Fear

Weapons in the Fight Against Anxiety and Fear

A two-year-old will never obsess about world economies. A three-year-old will never ask for lectures on totalitarian regimes. It is beyond them. If you think otherwise, just try and lecture them about it. They won’t pay attention. Their tiny minds can’t be filled with...