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Recommended Reading Church Membership and One Another Each other

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of church membership and “one another-ing” each other. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that, hopefully, readers of this issue of...

Spiritual Friendship in the Church

These past months have flipped many things in our life upside down. Much has changed in the way we go about our daily lives— everything from work to school, from shopping to doctor’s visits, and from gathering with friends to gathering for worship. In all these...

Walking Alongside a Struggling Christian

People are hurting. Christians are no exception. The last year, for many, has felt more like running a gauntlet than running a race. With a global pandemic, racial unrest, political upheaval, the word “unprecedented” has been worn thin in media commentary. And these...
The Importance of Preaching for Everyday Christians

The Importance of Preaching for Everyday Christians

It is common to wonder about the role of sermons in the lives of everyday Christians. Why do pastors spend so much time preparing a weekly sermon? Wouldn’t it be better if he spent more time in meetings with teams of leaders, counseling the hurting, building...

How to Find a Good Church

How to Find a Good Church

You may be looking for a good church for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a new believer in Jesus Christ—praise God! Maybe you are moving or have moved to a new area. Perhaps your current church differs from your understanding of biblical principles or...

United Disagreement

United Disagreement

Let’s face it. This has been a bad couple of years for the American church. Between politics, COVID, racial differences, justice questions, views on our national history, and whether or not to wear masks, opinions have been flying around at warp-speed, with collisions...

Small Groups and the Christian

Small Groups and the Christian

Small groups are an essential ministry, for the local church and the Christian. Over fifty times in the New Testament, Christians are instructed to “one another”. For example, in Acts 2:42-48, the Early Church gathered together around the Word, prayer, food, and doing...

Fellowship: God’s Workspace for His Glory

Fellowship: God’s Workspace for His Glory

I can see God’s eastern canvas from my pillow each morning, a front row seat to the glorious awakening of the sky. No matter how it’s painted, no matter how tired I am, my eyes are glued to the horizon. There’s no sleeping in because the one missed may be the best...

“One Another”: How to Nurture Biblical Love in Body Life

“One Another”: How to Nurture Biblical Love in Body Life

How do you define “church”? What does being a member of the church mean to you? “Attending meetings, giving my offerings/tithes, casting my vote…” might be a typical answer. But actually, church membership embodies so much more than that. Church is about...

Six Reasons to be a Member of a Local Church

Six Reasons to be a Member of a Local Church

The belief that professing Christians should gather together as members of a local Church is waning in many sectors of Christianity sectors today. Some feel that faith shouldn’t be “institutionalized” and should be a private matter between individuals, not something...

Three Strategies for Developing Biblical Literacy

Three Strategies for Developing Biblical Literacy

Have you ever helped someone learn how to read? It is an exciting journey, but it is a long one. A child does not wake up one morning and decide, “Today I will learn how to read.” Instead, it takes them weeks or months to develop basic phonics skills before they even...

Biblical Counseling and Biblical Literacy

Biblical Counseling and Biblical Literacy

In Dave Jenkins’ book, The Word Explored, he cites several alarming statistics[i] as it relates to biblical literacy amongst Christians: Fewer than half of all adults can name the four Gospel accounts. Many Christians cannot identify two or three of the disciples....

Let My People Read! Encouraging God’s People to Read the Bible

Let My People Read! Encouraging God’s People to Read the Bible

The United States has never been more educated than it is now. More people hold high school diplomas, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees than at any point in our nation’s history. And yet, research shows a worrying trend—Americans are spending fewer hours...

What Is Biblical Illiteracy and Is it a Problem Within the Church?

What Is Biblical Illiteracy and Is it a Problem Within the Church?

One subject that isn’t getting enough coverage in contemporary Christian books and Christian media is the significant issue of biblical illiteracy. Two researchers who have looked into this problem in the Church, George Gallup and Jim Castelli, write, “Americans...

Memorizing and Meditating on the Bible

Memorizing and Meditating on the Bible

Next to prayer, memorizing and meditating on the Bible rank highly among the hardest spiritual disciplines. Or seemingly hard. There are many reasons for this, but one reason is we do not understand why these are necessary for the Christian life. Is there any benefit...

The Centrality of the Word in the Life of the Church

The Centrality of the Word in the Life of the Church

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1st Timothy 4:13). John Calvin is considered one of the primary influences of the Protestant Reformation. Today we cannot consider his whole life but here’s one important...

Studying God’s Word

Studying God’s Word

One of the outstanding qualities of the apostle Paul was his desire to mentor others, encouraging them to follow his example, and boldly testify to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Among those greatly influenced by Paul was a younger man named Timothy. A close bond...

The Pastor’s Wife and Her Bible

The Pastor’s Wife and Her Bible

When I was twenty-four years old, my husband of two years graduated from seminary and became the senior pastor in a rural church in Missouri. We packed up our home in Tennessee and moved to begin a new life as a full-time ministry couple. It dawned on me about the...

Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

What got you out of bed this morning? A blaring alarm clock, an enthusiastic dog, or a crying baby? Maybe you were excited to be one day closer to the weekend or your next vacation. If I’m honest, my love of coffee lures me from my bed most mornings. Sometimes I gaze...

Biblical Literacy Begins in the Pew

Biblical Literacy Begins in the Pew

When we think of biblical literacy, many of us may picture ourselves tucked away in our home office or at our kitchen table with notebooks and commentaries encircling us like our own little army. Most likely it’s the early hours before the sun rises or the late hours...

Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Sarah: Hello, Dave. Thanks for doing this interview for Theology for Life! We’re excited about the new book you’ve just had published—The Word Explored. As I already know, but our readers may not yet, this book is about the problem of biblical illiteracy. This is a...

Another Gospel? – An Interview with Alisa Childers

Another Gospel? – An Interview with Alisa Childers

T4L: Today we are interviewing Alisa Childers. Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with Theology for Life Magazine, Alisa. Can you tell us a bit about your life, marriage, and your ministry? Alisa: My husband and I live in the Nashville, TN area with...

Recommended Reading April 2021

Recommended Reading April 2021

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of biblical illiteracy. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that, hopefully, readers of this issue of Theology for Life will grow in their...

Recommended Reading on Union with Christ

Recommended Reading on Union with Christ

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of union with Christ and how it impacts the life of the Christian and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that—hopefully—readers...

Communion with Christ

Communion with Christ

“Faithful is the saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with him: if we endure we shall also reign with him: if we shall deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself” (2nd Timothy 2:11-13, KJV). The...

The Doctrine of Union with Christ

The Doctrine of Union with Christ

Though “nothing is more central or basic than union and communion with Christ” according to John Murray, it is equally true “this mystery of Christ’s union with the devout is by nature incomprehensible”.1 It is so much so that God “shows its figure and image in...

Practical Suggestions for Cultivating Communion with God

Practical Suggestions for Cultivating Communion with God

Does the idea of communion with God draw you in or push you away? There is much in our lives that distracts and prevents us from experiencing genuine communion with God. Living in a fast-paced society, with endless demands and countless opportunities, can mean that...

Union with Christ when You Don’t Fit In

Union with Christ when You Don’t Fit In

Social shame asks the questions: Where do I belong? Who am I? Who are my people? Who can be trusted? None of these questions can or will be answered perfectly by any person, place, community, or church. Your experience tells you this truth. But the truth is that in...

10 Things You Should Know About Union with Christ

10 Things You Should Know About Union with Christ

To some, our union with Christ is a mystery; an ambiguous thing that seems rather undefinable. In this article, we will discuss 10 things concerning our union with Christ and how it affects our everyday walk with Him. The Bible Contains an Astonishing Number of Terms,...

10 Things You Should Know About Communion with Christ

10 Things You Should Know About Communion with Christ

Communion with Christ is central to our relationship with Him. This article will provide us with a look at 10 basic concepts that every Christian should know regarding his/her communion with Christ. Our Communion with Christ Assumes Being in Union with Christ. In...

Union with Christ

Union with Christ

In Romans 8:1, Paul uses the word therefore to state a critical summary statement of what has already been said previously in the book. In the previous chapter, he states that the Christian's victory comes “through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:23-25), which is...

When Self-Confidence is Lethal

When Self-Confidence is Lethal

I have a teenage son who plays basketball. Recently, his coach recommended that he start going to the gym and lifting some light weights. So occasionally my son has been accompanying me to the gym where I’m a member and doing workouts with me. But here’s the thing: my...

Union with Christ the Double Cure

Union with Christ the Double Cure

Salvador was a Cuban spy, sent to Miami as a mole in order to learn military secrets from the United States government. However, Cuban nationalists with whom Salvador associated incognito eventually led the clever spy to renounce his loyalties to Castro. As a result,...

How a Familiar Truth Forever Changed Hudson Taylor

How a Familiar Truth Forever Changed Hudson Taylor

On September 4, 1869, when he was thirty-seven years old, Hudson Taylor found a letter waiting for him at Zhenjiang from John McCarthy. God used the letter to revolutionize Taylor’s life. “When my agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in a letter from dear...

The Puritans on Union with Christ, Justification, and Regeneration

The Puritans on Union with Christ, Justification, and Regeneration

a true and real union, (but which is only passive on their part,) [the elect] are united to Christ when his Spirit first takes possession of them, and infuses into them a principle of new life: the beginning of which life can be from nothing else but from union with...

October 2020 Recommended Reading

October 2020 Recommended Reading

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of biblical counseling and how it impacts the life of the Christian and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer...

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

Ted Tripp’s book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, is a thoughtful book written for parents with the aim to teach children about their need for the gospel so that they may live in response to the gospel. The means by which this is accomplished begins by teaching young...

From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott

From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott’s book, From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective, is a small, accessible book designed to help counselee’s identify sinful pride, repent of it, and replace it with God-centered humility. The book is an excerpt taken from Scott’s more-comprehensive...

Ten Distinctives of Biblical Counseling

Ten Distinctives of Biblical Counseling

People often ask me how biblical counseling differs from other approaches to soul care. Here’s a summary I’ve been teaching for almost two decades, which I hope will help you grow in understanding sanctification. This week, look up the Scriptures listed and meditate...

The Goal of this Personal Ministry We Call “Biblical Counseling”

The Goal of this Personal Ministry We Call “Biblical Counseling”

The Lord of the Church is at work. Jesus Christ is building His Church. However, He is not only building His Church, He is also making her holy—a work that He will not stop performing until she is blameless: “…Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,...

Musings Of A Preaching Biblical Counselor

Musings Of A Preaching Biblical Counselor

If you’re anything like me, you can look back on your walk with the Lord and note what I call “high water mark" moments. These are times when my life was changed (sometimes radically) due to a new realization about the Word of God that I was previously unaware of....

How to Equip Yourself to Counsel Biblically

How to Equip Yourself to Counsel Biblically

“For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10). After 70 years in exile, when Israel was returning to Judah, Ezra was charged with re-establishing the interpretation and...

Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Church Discipline

Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Church Discipline

As a pastor, I love one of David Powlison’s definitions of biblical counseling: Counseling is one part of the overall ministry of Christ that meets us publicly, privately, and interpersonally…biblical counseling is part of the interpersonal ministry of the Word. God...

Establishing A Biblical Counseling Ministry from Scratch

Establishing A Biblical Counseling Ministry from Scratch

You are excited about Biblical counseling! Perhaps you were exposed to Biblical counseling at a conference you attended. Perhaps you or a loved one received Biblical counseling and found peace, hope, and joy through the careful study and application of God’s word....

Why the Local Church Should Care About Biblical Counsel

Why the Local Church Should Care About Biblical Counsel

Scott and Laura were married 12 years ago, but recently, Scott got involved in affair with a woman at work. He’s a “Type A” kind of guy, making it to an executive vice-presidency within three years of joining the company. He’s married to Laura—a shy, retiring kind of...

The Importance of Prayer in Counseling

The Importance of Prayer in Counseling

I couldn’t believe how long she talked and how long my mentor sat listening to her. He seemed to have a bottomless supply of patience. It was my first time in a real-life counseling observation, and I quickly learned how vital patience is to being a good counselor. It...

The Reason We Don’t Feel the Weight of Our Sin

The Reason We Don’t Feel the Weight of Our Sin

It is probably impossible to conceive of the horror of Hell and of the ferocity of retributive justice and righteous wrath that will sweep over those found on the last day to be out of Christ. Perhaps a word like ferocity here makes it sound as if God’s wrath will be...

Recommended Reading July 2020

Recommended Reading July 2020

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of divine justice and how it impacts the life of the Christian and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that—hopefully—readers of...

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy – Mark Vroegop

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy – Mark Vroegop

Life is a series of events that is filled with moments of intense joy and seasons of pain and suffering. Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop is concerned with the later. The author is acutely aware that people who live in a fallen world will inevitably face what...

Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking – Raleigh Sadler

Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking – Raleigh Sadler

“Preach the gospel—and if necessary use words.” This pithy quote by St. Francis of Assisi has captured the hearts and minds of many. The sentiment sounds right and may even feel right, but fails in the final analysis to do justice to the gospel. Yes, the gospel is...

Living in Light of God’s Justice

Living in Light of God’s Justice

A few years ago, while I was working on my undergraduate degree, I was running late for an 8:30am Hebrew class. So, that morning, I ran out of the house, jumped in my car, and sped off to Dallas. As I was speeding in my little red Chevy Cobalt, I saw him and he saw...

The Meaning and Purpose of the Justice of God

The Meaning and Purpose of the Justice of God

When we suffer, which we will, there will often be mystery. Will there also be faith? In Christian thought, faith is never naïve or gullible, but rather relies on the strength of its object. Faith that depends on a God, who is a cruel tyrant or cheap trickster, will...

The Danger of Neglecting Lament in the Local Church

The Danger of Neglecting Lament in the Local Church

“Positive and encouraging.” When I tune my radio to the local Christian station, that’s the theme I hear—over and over. It’s not just the station’s motto. The music is upbeat. The hosts are jovial. There’s plenty of laughter. The only “downer” is the news. But then we...

Biblical Apologetics: How Shall We Respond to Unbelief?

Biblical Apologetics: How Shall We Respond to Unbelief?

Unbelief is in the air. Unbelief is gaining ground in postmodern culture. Over 100 years ago, the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great innermost corruption, the one great instinct of revenge, for which...

Learning to Lament: Ten Things About Psalm 13

Learning to Lament: Ten Things About Psalm 13

To help us understand the need for lament in biblical worship, here are ten observations from Psalm 13, an individual lament of David. Psalm 13 is an Individual Psalm That was Recorded for Public Use Psalm 13 begins with the superscription (ss.), “To the Choirmaster....

The Patience of God: A Neglected Attribute of God

The Patience of God: A Neglected Attribute of God

God’s patience is, as far as sinners are concerned, a highly treasured attribute among his people: “But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them” (Nehemiah 9:17). But the patience of...

Divine Justice: Responding in Worship to the God of Grace

Divine Justice: Responding in Worship to the God of Grace

As I write this article on July 1st, 2020, the United States is facing a crisis on multiple fronts. On one front, you have the COVID-19 epidemic. On the other front, you have protests which are (for the most part) okay, but many of those protests have turned to riots...

Three Ways God’s Justice Comforts Us

Three Ways God’s Justice Comforts Us

Can you trust a God who executes judgment? A skeptical culture poses this question to Christians today. I think, however, we can ask a better one in return: Can you trust a God who doesn’t execute judgment? Scripture shows our sin-cursed world not only faces divine...

Recommended Reading April 2020

Recommended Reading April 2020

Recommended Reading April 2020 In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of idolatry and how it impacts the life of the Christian and ministry. We understand we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer, that,...

How to Embrace Your Emotions Without Being Ruled By Them

How to Embrace Your Emotions Without Being Ruled By Them

Growing up on a large lake, I developed a great appreciation for the power of the wind. I enjoyed many summer days sailing with friends on the family sailboat. When the weather was fair and there was a steady wind, it made for a delightful day. The wind carried you...

The Remedy for Our Idolatry

The Remedy for Our Idolatry

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1st John 5:21). If the heart of man is, as John Calvin described it, “an idol-making factory”, then the way in which those idols are destroyed should be of utmost importance to us. The Bible is replete with references to...

Idolatry: The Desire to Be Lord of What One Worship

Idolatry: The Desire to Be Lord of What One Worship

The consistent biblical testimony is that idolatry is inexcusable. Scripture never condones idolatry on the grounds that men knew no better, but condemns it on the assumption that they did, and that irrespective of whether they had encountered any part of God’s...

Does God Ever Give Christians over to their Idols?

Does God Ever Give Christians over to their Idols?

The notion of the retributive irony has to do with being punished by means of your own sin. Can believers suffer this kind of retributive irony? I want to address two things in this article. First of all, let’s focus a little bit more on another example of being...

The Idolatry of Spiritual Laziness

The Idolatry of Spiritual Laziness

Let’s talk about laziness. Laziness is idolatry. It is closely related to its opposite—workaholism. Both the sins of laziness and workaholism are sins of self-worship. The behavior looks different, but the root idolatry is the same. And the problem we face is that the...

Prosperity or Idolatry

Prosperity or Idolatry

Is God opposed to prosperity? Where is the line between being grateful for the gifts He's given us and idolatry? Sometimes God offers prosperity as a blessing for faithfulness (remember Solomon?), and often it comes as a result of hard, honest work. It is certainly...

Advice for Singles on Loneliness

Advice for Singles on Loneliness

We're not to be pitied. If we feel sorry for ourselves, others will feel sorry for us. If we recognize that we have a unique opportunity—the advantages of being able to serve the church, and if we're filled with gratitude for this opportunity and season—then others...

The Vicious Cycle of Idolatry and Loneliness

The Vicious Cycle of Idolatry and Loneliness

Our conscience is the first tip-off. Do we have freedom in our conscience to indulge in whatever we're doing? Do we have regret after indulging in it? Most people can sense when they've crossed a line. Sometimes we blur those lines due to repetitive use of something...

Resisting the Power of Idolatry

Resisting the Power of Idolatry

One of the things that has really helped me understand the power of idolatry in our own time and place is, strange to say, the plagues in the book of Exodus. One of the things that was amazing for me to discover is that all of the plagues in Exodus relate to gods that...

Idolatry and Getting a Right Understanding of God’s Love

Idolatry and Getting a Right Understanding of God’s Love

In Exodus 3:14, God says, “I am who I am.” Such a declaration is powerful because the Lord God was declaring not only who He is at His absolute essence, but also declaring to the world, “I am the only God!” As we fast forward to the New Testament, the Lord Jesus...

Idolatry and Sexual Sin

Idolatry and Sexual Sin

“Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister’, and call insight your intimate friend, to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words” (Proverbs 7:4-5). Life in this fallen world means that we will face sinful temptations of various kinds, and...

Our Righteous Advocate

Our Righteous Advocate

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1st John 2:1-2) The ascension of Christ in Question 46 of the Heidelberg Catechism prompts the...

Recommended Reading on The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Recommended Reading on The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of Jesus’s High Priestly ministry and what that means for daily Christian living and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that,...

Jesus High Priestly Ministry and Temptation

Jesus High Priestly Ministry and Temptation

In Hebrews 2:11, the author has demonstrated that Jesus and His people belong to the same family; the implication is that Jesus has assumed our human nature. Now the author indicates that the necessity of delivering His people from their enemies—death and Satan—meant...

The Sufficiency and Superiority of Christ’s High Priestly Ministry

The Sufficiency and Superiority of Christ’s High Priestly Ministry

The writer of Hebrews focuses not on any earthly ministry—not on believers and not on an earthly priest—but on Jesus Christ in heaven. It is His person and work that the author of Hebrews has been expounding on since the beginning of chapter 7. It was Christ who draws...

The Incarnation and Jesus’ High Priestly Ministry

The Incarnation and Jesus’ High Priestly Ministry

Several of the earliest controversies and key battles in Church History were over Christ’s divine and human natures. One of the classic texts to explain why Jesus Christ had to become fully man, so that He might perform priestly service before God on man’s behalf,...

Christ as Prophet, Priest and King

Christ as Prophet, Priest and King

The Old Testament is filled with stories of men and women that God used in powerful ways. Who can forget the miraculous way God raised up the prophet Moses and used him to deliver the people from Egyptian bondage? Who can forget the great victories God brought about...

Jesus, Our Great Intercessor

Jesus, Our Great Intercessor

There are many wonderful works Jesus did for His people. Jesus said that He came in His incarnation “[not] to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Jesus gave Himself for His people. He lived the life we could not live, and He...

The Unfolding of the Gospel in Hebrews

The Unfolding of the Gospel in Hebrews

The book of Hebrews unfolds the gospel in at least five ways: it shows the connection between Christ’s person and His work, shows His superiority to Old Testament persons and institutions, underscores humanity’s need for redemption, warns of apostasy, and exhorts...

Our Better Hope: Eight Priestly Comforts for Times of Need

Our Better Hope: Eight Priestly Comforts for Times of Need

It was a heartbreaking sight. The wild turkey had dashed onto the road, frantically scurrying its skinny legs in a sprint for its life as a line of cars came barreling head-on. As I drove on a narrow, two-lane country road, I had enough distance to slow down and let...

Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Jesus has entered the heavenly sanctuary on our behalf. He has gone there as forerunner, a designation found only here in the New Testament, but which appears in a variety of athletic and military contexts of the Hellenistic world. In Hebrews, where the term is...

Our Confidence in the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Our Confidence in the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

In Hebrews 2:14, the writer says it is “our confession” that Christians must hold fast to. The early church employed theological formulas to express the faithful’s confession like the Apostle’s Creed. These confessions remind believers that there is true content to...

Assurance, Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Assurance, Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Jesus Christ meets the qualifications to be the Mediator and High Priest to His people. Someone may be qualified for a position without actually having the authority to hold it. Qualification is a prerequisite, but there must be an appointment to the office if the...

Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin

Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin

The most graphic image that Scripture uses for the killing of sin is crucifixion. The cross has rightly stood at the center of Christian theology throughout church history. Crucifixion was so painful that a word was invented to describe it: excruciating, which...

Recommended Reading on Holiness

Recommended Reading on Holiness

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of holiness in the Christian life, and what that means for daily life and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that, hopefully,...

How Scripture Empowers Personal Holiness

How Scripture Empowers Personal Holiness

Godliness, Christlikeness, and Christian spirituality all describe a Christian becoming more like God. The most powerful way to effect this change is by letting the Word of God dwell in one richly (Colossians 3:16). When one embraces Scripture without reservation, it...

Cultivating Holiness in the Christian Life

Cultivating Holiness in the Christian Life

Believers are called to holy living. In this article, we will examine seven different ways to live a holy life. First, Know and Love Scripture Scripture is God’s primary road to holiness and to spiritual growth—with the Spirit as Master Teacher, blessing the reading...

Distinguishing Between Sanctification and Legalism

Distinguishing Between Sanctification and Legalism

Fear of being accused of legalism has, in some circles of Evangelicalism, led to decreasing calls for personal holiness. This is, I believe, particularly true among younger Christians. Many of them have grown up in a form of hyper-fundamentalism that was marked by all...

Why You Should Read the Puritans

Why You Should Read the Puritans

The great eighteenth-century revivalist, George Whitefield, wrote: The Puritans [were] burning and shining lights. When cast out by the black Bartholomew Act, and driven from their respective charges to preach in barns and fields, in the highways and hedges, they in a...

Why We Need J.C. Ryle’s Teaching on Holiness Today

Why We Need J.C. Ryle’s Teaching on Holiness Today

There is a large, two-sided cart at my local library with a faded laminated sign that reads, “Books, a dollar a bag.” I make it a point to visit that cart every time I stop by in search of the proverbial needle in the haystack, and I am always struck by the number of...

Who is J.C. Ryle? An Interview with Ben Rogers

Who is J.C. Ryle? An Interview with Ben Rogers

T4L: Hello, Dr. Rogers, and welcome to Theology for Life Magazine. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, including the current ministries you are involved in? Ben Rogers: I am the husband of Christie, the father of Henry and Hugh, the pastor of a small church, and the...

Indicative and Imperative

Indicative and Imperative

Running, as a constant motif through Romans 6, is the interplay between what is called the indicative and the imperative. In the former mode, Paul insists that God has accomplished our decisive break with sin: “We died to sin” (Romans 6:2); “our old self was crucified...

The Necessity of Spiritual Discipline for Every Christian

The Necessity of Spiritual Discipline for Every Christian

Imagine a woman named Jane (a person you’ve never met). She is a mature and growing Christian who loves Jesus, gives wise counsel, and helps others come to know more about Jesus…but she does not pray, read her Bible, or go to church. What did you think as I describe...

Four Ways to Handle Temptation When It Comes

Four Ways to Handle Temptation When It Comes

How do you handle temptation? I’m not talking about the fleeting, seemingly benign thought of sin that may hold initial allure, but is easily dismissed (though we should be on guard against these kinds of thoughts, too). No, I’m talking about that moment when you’ve...

Union with Christ Drives Us To Extraordinary Prayer

Union with Christ Drives Us To Extraordinary Prayer

Many of us are dissatisfied with our prayer life. It could be that we never really got started on one. It may be that we are not entirely convinced of its importance. Most do not pray like Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, or George Whitfield. We don’t give four hours...

Recommended Reading on the Sufficiency of Scripture

Recommended Reading on the Sufficiency of Scripture

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of the sufficiency of Scripture and how it helps Christians to no longer be tossed to and fro (like a wave in the ocean), but to stand wholly on the Word of God no matter what ministry...

The Sufficiency of the Bible Contra Rome

The Sufficiency of the Bible Contra Rome

As far back as the late medieval period, men such as John Wycliffe (c. 1329–1384) and Jan Hus (1373–1415) called the Church to return to Scripture. When challenged by hostile church officials, Hus answered his opponents, “Show me... better out of the Scriptures, and I...

The Sufficiency of Scripture and Counseling

The Sufficiency of Scripture and Counseling

In my experience, I’ve found that many people in local churches would agree with a statement of faith that reads like this: “We believe that Scripture is breathed out by God and is authoritative, inerrant, infallible, and sufficient.” Albeit, this is a very short,...

The Sufficiency of Scripture and Pastoral Ministry

The Sufficiency of Scripture and Pastoral Ministry

The aim of pastoral ministry is to shepherd the people of God toward Christ that they may be formed into His image. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For...

The Need for Discernment

The Need for Discernment

Discernment is a word that many Christians today need to get a better hold of. What exactly is discernment? How does discernment relate to spiritual growth? These are some of the questions that I will cover in this article. First Thessalonians 5:21-22 says, “Test...

The Sufficiency of Christ and the Sufficiency of Scripture

The Sufficiency of Christ and the Sufficiency of Scripture

The big idea in Hebrews chapter 1 is the point of all of Hebrews: the Son is superior to all others because in Him we have the fullness and finality of God’s redemption and revelation. We do pretty well understanding the fullness piece. Everything in the days “long...

The Divine Breath: The Sufficiency of Scripture

The Divine Breath: The Sufficiency of Scripture

During every era of Church history, men and women have proclaimed, apart from Scripture, “God told me”, “God revealed to me”, and “God said to me”, as if these “revelations” are equal to the authority of God’s revealed Word in Holy Scripture. Why do we do this? Why do...

The Sufficiency of Scripture: What It is and Why It Matters

The Sufficiency of Scripture: What It is and Why It Matters

The sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. When we talk about the sufficiency of Scripture, we are speaking about how the Scriptures are all the Christian needs to equip them for a life of faith and service to God. The sufficiency of...

The Authority, Sufficiency, Finality of Scripture

The Authority, Sufficiency, Finality of Scripture

If God has given us the Scriptures to be the canon or rule for our lives, it follows that we must regard them as the supreme authority for our lives. Paul tells us that they are 'breathed out' by God. There can be no more authoritative word than one that comes to us...

Developing a Doctrinal Framework for Discernment

Developing a Doctrinal Framework for Discernment

Every Christian should develop the ability to think rightly about spiritual matters. Every Christian should be like the Bereans of Acts 17, who examined the Scriptures to see what is true and what is false. In this article, I want to explain the essential issues that...

Developing a Personal Plan for Discernment

Developing a Personal Plan for Discernment

In this article we will consider how to develop a plan for discernment. The importance of personal discernment cannot be overstated, because those who are unable to distinguish right from wrong will likely fall into serious error. Christians need to realize that this...

Recommended Reading on Assurance and the Person and Work of Christ

Recommended Reading on Assurance and the Person and Work of Christ

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of doubt and how to deal with it with the help of the promises found in God’s Word and godly people. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer...

Doubt and the Promises of God An Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick

Doubt and the Promises of God An Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 23 books on daily living and the Christian life. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley...

Doubting Your Doubts

Doubting Your Doubts

Is the Bible really true? Does God actually hear my prayers? Can I genuinely be forgiven? Will I definitely go to Heaven when I die? Is there truly a God at all? Doubt can be a stimulus to faith, or an ongoing annoyance in the Christian life, or a fatal blow to...

Being an Eeyore in the Midst of Ministry

Being an Eeyore in the Midst of Ministry

One of my favorite characters in the Disney pantheon is a small stuffed donkey everyone knows by the name of Eeyore. He’s quaint, he’s rustic, he is down to earth, but most of all he is the epitome of the human condition when it comes to doubt. Often times in my life...

The Importance of Complaining to God

The Importance of Complaining to God

Many Christians simply do not know how to talk to God. And we are particularly uncomfortable talking to God about our discontent, grief, or pain. Yet, the Bible actually models for us how to do this very thing. The Bible encourages us to bring our discontent to God in...

How Susie Spurgeon Dealt with Doubt

How Susie Spurgeon Dealt with Doubt

“Because the LORD loved you.” (Deuteronomy 7:8) Doubts and questions often cloud our joy by covering up the rays of clarity. Doubts may come from outside (the world and Satan), but more often they well up inside of us—especially those of us who are prone to timidity...

Is This a Dream? Engaging Today’s Cultural Reality with Hope

Is This a Dream? Engaging Today’s Cultural Reality with Hope

If we shadows have offended, Think but this (and all is mended) That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear. –Puck’s Epilogue, A Midsummer’s Night Dream It was only a dream. This is how Shakespeare decided to reconcile the chaos he created in the...

Anti-Intellectualism, Doubt, and the Christian Mind

Anti-Intellectualism, Doubt, and the Christian Mind

Often, it’s thought in our secular culture that Christians are anti-intellectual. They believe this because often Christians give the impression that they have “blind faith” with nothing to intellectually back it up. I say give the impression not to suggest that...

Counseling Doubters

Counseling Doubters

You do not have to be a counselor to be well acquainted with doubt. At some point doubt plagues all of us and we engage with doubters as we journey with others in the ups and downs of life. As a counselor I deal with this issue of doubt all the time and in this short...

Face Your Doubt, Then Fight It

Face Your Doubt, Then Fight It

One of the hard things about struggling with doubt is this accompanying second-hand problem—where you are not only feeling doubts, but you're feeling guilty for feeling doubts. The Bible never says that doubt is a good thing—because faith trusts. But, on the other...

Helping Counsel Those with Anxiety and Doubt

Helping Counsel Those with Anxiety and Doubt

When Christ saved me from legalism and led me a saving knowledge of Him, tendrils of legalism remained wrapped on me. Every sin I caught myself in was further ammunition I used against any assurance of salvation I had. As I stood worshipping alongside my friends at my...

Dear Timothy: Set Your Eyes on Faithfulness

Dear Timothy: Set Your Eyes on Faithfulness

Dear Timothy, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. My dear brother in Christ, the world will try to press you into its God-denying mold when it comes to gauging your success in ministry. The world, and perhaps a good many well-meaning,...

Confronting Doubt with the Promises of God

Confronting Doubt with the Promises of God

There are growing pains in our home. I have a preteen and a teen and each day I witness my children stretch and grow and mature into young men. The growing process isn’t easy, as youth hover somewhere between childhood and adulthood. It’s often an awkward season....

How Can Doubt Give Way to Assurance of Salvation?

How Can Doubt Give Way to Assurance of Salvation?

Mary came into my office to discuss a personal dilemma she was facing. She had recently applied to a missions agency to be considered for an international ministry assignment. In an initial interview with the agency, she had struggled to articulate an adequate answer...

Science and the Bible? A Case for the Biblical Worldview

Science and the Bible? A Case for the Biblical Worldview

Ever heard one of these claims? Perhaps you’ve even said one yourself. Over the years, we’ve heard them all—but they’re all false, or at least they imply a falsehood. Common claims by Non-Christians: Science proves the Bible is wrong. Evolution is science, but the...

Doubt and the Resurrection

Doubt and the Resurrection

Recently, my son and I went on a campus tour of a local university. In many ways, the university is a wonderful place where young people can explore, experiment, and grow intellectually, but all too often universities can also be the place where young people lose...

Doubt and the Skeptic

Doubt and the Skeptic

Doubt is a major problem for Christian believers, but we are very reluctant to admit it. We are reluctant, of course, to admit many spiritual problems, like anger, anxiety, and envy. But doubt may be the hardest to admit, because doubt seems to be the opposite of...

A Three-Pronged Approach to Ministering to Grieving People

A Three-Pronged Approach to Ministering to Grieving People

 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 (ESV) When ministering to someone who is grieving, please don’t be like Job’s friends. They were full of good advice, counsel, and were well-meaning. If you know the story you know that, in the...

Sola Scriptura and Biblical Counseling

Sola Scriptura and Biblical Counseling

There are times in life where what you believe is tested by what you experience. If you believe the Bible is true, it is not too much later you will come across something or someone who calls that into question. We are used to people outside the Christian community...

Being the Friend Who Cares For the Lonely and Grieving

Being the Friend Who Cares For the Lonely and Grieving

Loneliness and grief are deeply personal subjects that affect everyone. In high school, I remember before my parent's divorce sitting on the upstairs stairs in our house, in the Greater Seattle area listening to my parents’ argue, and being deeply affected with grief...

The Comforting Truth of God’s Sovereignty

The Comforting Truth of God’s Sovereignty

Only the bravest people dare to venture outside in the middle of a Texas summer day, the rest of us are either in an air-conditioned building or near water. My kids love to swim, and being inside all day supplies young children abundant energy that needs to be burned...

The Gift of Lament

The Gift of Lament

“Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!”[i] “In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help.”[ii] “Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud….”[iii] ‘Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help….”[iv] “Hear my...

How to Deal with Grief

How to Deal with Grief

Grief is a strange thing. Months, even years after a loss, it can show up unexpectedly. About eight months after my grandfather passed away, I was traveling on the highway and passed the exit I would take to get to his house. I suddenly started crying and couldn’t...

Recommended Reading on Grief, Illness, and Loss

Recommended Reading on Grief, Illness, and Loss

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering loss, grief, illness, and how by growing in our understanding of the grace of God, we can then walk with others who are dealing with these challenging events or seasons. We understand that we haven’t...

Seven Practical Things You Can Do for People Who are Grieving

Seven Practical Things You Can Do for People Who are Grieving

Let’s talk for a minute about the things someone can do for one who is grieving. The list below isn’t exhaustive—there are only 7 things—but it is meant to give us all a starting point. Hopefully these 7 things will be helpful to you in your relationships, whether you...

Living With Hurt

Living With Hurt

From my perspective as a pastor, it seems like churches go through seasons of crises. One year it’s marital problems, and it seems like every marriage is falling apart. The next year its illness and death, and it seems like every family is suffering loss. Other times...

Death, the Last Enemy

Death, the Last Enemy

Have you ever seen a bulldozer clearing a field for new construction? The grass, the little saplings, and even the larger trees—all fall equally and inexorably prey to the power of the one who is making the area conform to his vision, to his plan. The feeble plants do...

A Cold Night in January

A Cold Night in January

It was a cold night in the first week of January. Out in the country, so far removed from the majority of civilization, it seemed unfathomable that so terrible a thing could happen. But it did. The next day, news crews would attempt to stoically report on what would...

Advice for Those Helping the Hurting

Advice for Those Helping the Hurting

The biggest piece of advice I have for caregivers is that it’s okay to grieve your loss in someone else’s pain. In fact, you should grieve. Your hurting friend or family member is not the only one who has experienced loss. I’ve lost much of the use of both of my arms,...

The Relationship Between Preaching and Counseling

The Relationship Between Preaching and Counseling

“I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house” (Acts 20:20). Many pastors are reluctant to counsel. Some fear that individual counseling will interfere with the primacy of their...

Advice to a Regular Pastor

Advice to a Regular Pastor

Most pastors are what I like to call “regular pastors”. They don’t pastor megachurches or preach in front of thousands. They don’t have book contracts or speak at national conferences. They don’t have impressive social media platforms or serve alongside...

Fighting Doubt as Virtue with the Word of God

Fighting Doubt as Virtue with the Word of God

Doubt in our day is in fashion. In fact, it is viewed as a virtue in our culture. Tell someone what you believe, and they will tell you, “Your truth is good for you”. Then they will proceed to tell you their “truth”. On and on you could go, because no one...

12 Faithful Men An Interview with Jeff Robinson

12 Faithful Men An Interview with Jeff Robinson

Dr. Jeff Robinson (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. A native of Blairsville, Georgia, he also pastors Christ Fellowship Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as senior research and teaching...

Answering Two Important Questions About Expository Preaching

Answering Two Important Questions About Expository Preaching

Many people today hear preachers talking about preaching, and they get lost in the fog of ambiguous theological language. When a congregation hears a pastor reference expository preaching, often there are members in attendance who have no idea what...

The Importance of Preaching in the Christian Life

The Importance of Preaching in the Christian Life

Recently I’ve noticed a trend among some Christians who don’t regularly attend church, as well as those who do attend regularly, but suggest that they don’t need to hear a sermon weekly because they’ve “moved” past that stage of their Christian life. I...

Practical Goals for Expository Preaching

Practical Goals for Expository Preaching

Within expository preaching, there are two practical goals worth achieving: conversion and discipleship. As Paul writes in Romans 10:17, people come to faith in Christ through the hearing of the Word of God. In 2Timothy 4:2, he charges his disciple Timothy...

Three Errors of “Word of Faith” Preaching

Three Errors of “Word of Faith” Preaching

The movement known as “Word of Faith” is a branch off of the Pentecostal movement. In the late 20th century, E. W. Kenyon studied under Phineas Quimby and was taught a system known as “New Thought” that connected the mind with God’s Word in such a way that...

The Importance of Preaching Sound Doctrine

The Importance of Preaching Sound Doctrine

Some years ago we did things a little differently at our church than we do now. We had a band that was filled with hired guns and we paid them to play the lights out every Sunday. To illustrate: our guitarist would tour the world with a famous boy-band,...

Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd

Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd

In the past five years, as more and more books have come out on biblical counseling topics, I have consumed more and more on this subject. The result of this reading has been the opening of my eyes to the need for biblical counseling in the local church....

Why the Local Church Needs Good Biblical Theology

Why the Local Church Needs Good Biblical Theology

Pastors have the weighty and wonderful responsibility of preaching Christ from all the Scriptures. Biblical theology, therefore, is a vital help for pastors to faithfully declare the glorious truth that Jesus is the main point of the whole Bible. How do we...

Charles Spurgeon and A Theology of the Holy Spirit In Preaching

Charles Spurgeon and A Theology of the Holy Spirit In Preaching

Charles H. Spurgeon’s understanding of the connection between the Holy Spirit, prayer, and preaching can be paradigm shifting. His understanding of the connection between preaching and the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not new, but it does need to be brought to the...

A Better Future

A Better Future

A 2016 issue of Time Magazine featured an essay by Jessi Hempel telling the heart-wrenching story of her brother, Evan, giving birth to a son. That sentence might catch you off guard. (If it didn’t, maybe read it again, a little slower!) The photo the...

How Jesus Viewed and Valued Women

How Jesus Viewed and Valued Women

Jesus's Countercultural View of Women The place of women in the first-century Roman world and in Judaism has been well-documented and set forth in several recent books.1 Most frequently, women were regarded as second-class citizens. Jesus’s regard for...

Five Tips for Maximizing Your Singleness

Five Tips for Maximizing Your Singleness

Perhaps the greatest temptation in singleness is to assume marriage will meet our unmet needs, solve our weaknesses, organize our lives, and unleash our gifts. Far from the solution, Paul makes marriage out to be a kind of problematic “Plan B”...

August 2018 Recommended Books for Theology for Life

August 2018 Recommended Books for Theology for Life

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been taking a look at biblical gender roles and the authority of the Word of God. From attacks on the image of God, to the authority of the Word, to a man being a man and a woman being a woman, many people have a lot...

Talking to Your Children About Transgenderism

Talking to Your Children About Transgenderism

I have three young children who each profess faith in Jesus Christ. As we bring them up, my wife and I are continually reminded that we are doing so in an age that is hostile to the Kingdom of Christ and to the Word of God. Of course, this is nothing new....

10 Steps To Find a Godly Wife

10 Steps To Find a Godly Wife

I am writing this post for my young brother and myriads of other young men like him—young, single men that I have conversations with almost daily about life and relationships. I know that God does not call every man to marriage, but for the many that he...

Regular Pastors and Discipleship

Regular Pastors and Discipleship

I am a regular pastor, and I have a heart for regular pastors and the churches they lead. When I think about a regular pastor, I think about a guy pastoring a small to medium sized church. Despite the attention given to celebrity pastors and their massive...

Pastor Love Your Wife

Pastor Love Your Wife

One might think it would be easy for a pastor to love his wife. A pastor preaches on marriage often enough to know how a husband should love his wife, right? Ignorance is certainly not an option. We also see pastors exhorting couples during wedding...

Biblical Blessings of Young Marriage

Biblical Blessings of Young Marriage

“Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today. Marriage that blessed arrangement, that dream within a dream …” and so goes one of the most famous quotes from the movie, The Princess Bride.  What makes the quote funny is how the minister pronounces...

I Need My Fellow Mom’s

I Need My Fellow Mom’s

I like to be independent. I like to make my own decisions. I don’t want to be seen as following the crowd. I also don’t like to ask for help. I like to be self-sufficient; running on my own power, my own skills, my own abilities. Can you relate? We don’t...

How to Preach on Biblical Gender Roles

How to Preach on Biblical Gender Roles

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we are learning about biblical gender roles, biblical manhood and womanhood, all with a focus to help people learn what these great truths are, and how to minister to them. These issues are not for the ivory...

Marriage and Friendship: Becoming Best Friends With Your Spouse

Marriage and Friendship: Becoming Best Friends With Your Spouse

Marriage is often painfully hard. After all, marriage is the joining of two sinners, preferably if they are Christians (so saint-sinners) together in covenant before God. Marriage according to the Genesis 3 world is not perfect. In the New Jerusalem, there...

Advice For Young Dads in Ministry

Advice For Young Dads in Ministry

Before I continue, it is important you know that I write better than I live. Everything seems neat and tidy in print. There is nothing neat and tidy about parenting. Parenting is the most difficult job in the world and no one can convince me otherwise....

Dear Young Mother

Dear Young Mother

Dear Young Mother, You may feel invisible during this season of life. You aren’t. We serve El Roi, the God who sees us (Genesis 16:13). You are seen. You are known. Your selfless love and service, though imperfect, matter for the Kingdom. You, dear momma,...

What About Those Who Reject the Christian Sexual Ethic?

What About Those Who Reject the Christian Sexual Ethic?

One of my friends once asked asked me if it was morally permissible to sleep with his girlfriend. She was pressuring him to sleep with her, and he was contemplating giving in to her requests. By the time he approached me, he had almost talked himself into...

Equipping for Life An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger

Equipping for Life An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger

Dr. Andreas Köstenberger is founder of Biblical Foundations and has recently accepted a position as Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies. T4L:...

10 Things You Should Know about Fatherhood

10 Things You Should Know about Fatherhood

Fatherhood began in God, since He is our Father. God is our Father at two levels. One, He created us: “Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?” (Deuteronomy 32:6). Two, He adopted us: “You have received the Spirit of...

Ten Ways to Exercise Christ-like Headship

Ten Ways to Exercise Christ-like Headship

Few words are more invested with meaning than the term “headship”. It’s a Christological and theological term that is grounded in Ephesians 5:23, which reads, “For the husband is the head [Greek, kephale] of the wife even as Christ is the head of the...

What is Jesus’s Evangelism Program?

What is Jesus’s Evangelism Program?

Over the last few decades, the church has had no shortage of evangelism programs. Each of these mentioned above have been used by the Lord to add to the eternal harvest. But as I recently learned, each of these programs has, at best, a...

The Incarnation and High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

The Incarnation and High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Several of the earliest controversies and key battles in Church History were over Christ’s divine and human natures. One of the classic texts to explain why Jesus Christ had to become fully man, so that He might perform priestly service before...

Meeting Jesus At an Old Testament Feast

Meeting Jesus At an Old Testament Feast

The default sin of the human heart is to put ourselves first. “It really is all about me!” was once a funny t-shirt slogan, but it has now become a way of life. Unless preachers and Bible teachers are careful, the way we handle Scripture can...

How to Deal with Guilt, Condemnation and Shame with the Gospel

How to Deal with Guilt, Condemnation and Shame with the Gospel

Joe and Barbara are both solid Christians. They regularly spend quality time in the Scriptures, in prayer, and are routinely involved in the life and ministry of their local church. Both though struggle with feelings of condemnation. Joe has secret sins...

A Brief Word on the Gospel and the Old Testament

A Brief Word on the Gospel and the Old Testament

The English word “gospel” is an approximation of the Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion), which means “good news” (Friberg). While it is presently in vogue to refer to the whole Bible, or at least salvation history, as “the gospel”, this term is...

6 Things Christ Accomplished by His Death

6 Things Christ Accomplished by His Death

  Was Jesus’ death necessary? Why did He have to die, and what did he accomplish? Here’s a very brief summary of the six core things Christ accomplished in His death. Expiation Expiation means the removal of our sin and guilt. Christ’s...

Why Justification by Faith Alone is Necessary for Good Works

Why Justification by Faith Alone is Necessary for Good Works

“Justification by faith alone frees me to love my neighbor disinterestedly, for his or her own sake, as my sister or brother, not as the calculated means to my own desired ends,” writes Timothy George describing the reason why the traditional...

What is the Doctrine of Justification?

What is the Doctrine of Justification?

John Calvin, the great Reformer, spoke for many when he declared that justification is “the main hinge on which religion turns”. Why is it so important? Because “unless you first of all grasp what your relationship to God is, and the nature of his judgment concerning...

Christ Our Substitute: The Meaning Of The Cross

Christ Our Substitute: The Meaning Of The Cross

Several biblical terms express (but do not exhaust) the ministry of Jesus as Substitute, and the meaning of the cross. Those are including (but not limited to) the following: Jesus as our PROPITIATION. “He is the propitiation for our sins…” (1...

Recommended Books on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been taking a look at the person and work of Jesus. From attacks against the idea of Jesus dying in our place for our sin, to the exclusivity of Christ, many people have a great deal of questions about...

The Incarnation: Jesus Fully God and Fully Man

The Incarnation: Jesus Fully God and Fully Man

The doctrine of the Incarnation is very important to Christianity. It reminds us that Jesus is both God and man, which makes it possible to speak meaningfully about who Jesus is and what He did. In the 19th century, James Denney, a professor at...

Understanding the Gospel: Justification

Understanding the Gospel: Justification

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). At the heart of the biblical gospel is the amazing truth of justification. Without this truth, there would be no gospel at all. It...

Three Critical Truths About Propitiation

Three Critical Truths About Propitiation

What Does It Mean? Propitiation (noun) prō-pi-shē-ā-shǝn: the act of gaining or regaining the favor of; in this case, a sacrifice that bears God’s wrath and turns it to favor. Why Does It Matter? Read that definition again, and it should be...

Jesus the Divine Word

Jesus the Divine Word

The Gospel of John differs from the other gospel accounts in many ways, chiefly among them—the beginning of his account of Jesus. Like the other Gospel writers, John wants us to understand that Jesus is God made flesh—the only God who became...

The Three Offices of Christ

The Three Offices of Christ

"Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed" Theology can be a daunting subject. When it comes to topics like the Doctrine of Christ, people can sink into their seats and ignore the subject, which is a terrible response to such precious biblical truth. Within the...

Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus

Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus is foundational to the Christian faith, and yet, oftentimes, we only give it real thought around the Easter season. But the resurrection of Jesus is so important that Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your...

Three Critical Truths about Redemption

Three Critical Truths about Redemption

“Redemption” is a rich word and perhaps somewhat unique among the great gospel words in our theological vocabulary, in that it’s a word that easily resonates with unbelievers. Some of our favorite stories, songs, and films are built around the...

Reigning with Christ on Daily Mission

Reigning with Christ on Daily Mission

  To say that the heart of the gospel is Christ crucified would not be wrong (1st Corinthians 1:23; Galatians 6:14). To say that the heart of the gospel is the resurrection of Christ would not be wrong either, for by it our justification comes (Romans...

To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible

To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible

Do not believe anyone who tells you that the way to focus on Jesus and His resurrection is to take the spotlight off the Bible. The entire Bible is a blessing to the believer, not a burden. It is not an obstacle to effective evangelism; it is...

“But Now”—Learning to Live in the Newness of Christ

“But Now”—Learning to Live in the Newness of Christ

It has often been observed that the “last days” are not just some future event of tribulation and doom, but are instead the days of Christ’s church, inaugurated by His resurrection. Thus, as Acts 2:17 and Hebrews 1:2 teach us, the last days...

The Whole Bible in One Meal

The Whole Bible in One Meal

I saw the new Star Wars film recently. The last scene (slight spoiler warning) is a wordless image that summarizes the goal of all the action of the film and points ahead to the plots of the sequels. Many films are like that: After all the...

Recommended Books on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

Recommended Books on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been taking a look at prayer and spiritual warfare. In our day, many Christians struggle with their prayer lives and even more struggle with the reality of spiritual warfare. With this issue of Theology for Life, we...

Spiritual Warfare and Our Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Warfare and Our Spiritual Growth

Spiritual warfare is vitally important in the world of spiritual growth. With the increase of new age thinking, atheism, Satanism, and a growing interest in the occult worldwide, the need for Christians to understand what spiritual warfare is has never...

The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer

The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer

In the double interests of going deeper in some of my favorite theologians and trying to strengthen my own prayer life, I've recently been reading John Owen’s work titled, The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer. This 116 page treatise is actually the...

The Grace of God in Prayer

The Grace of God in Prayer

Many Christians struggle a great deal with prayer. Whether it’s struggling with feelings of guilt or shame, the struggle is often not to make time to pray, but why pray. In Hebrews 4:16 the author of Hebrews tells his readers, “Let us then with confidence...

Five Benefits of Praying the Psalms

Five Benefits of Praying the Psalms

I’m sure such folks are out there, but I’ve not personally met any Christian who hasn’t struggled with saying the same old things about the same old things in prayer. Before long, such repetitive prayer is boring. And when prayer is boring, it’s hard to...

How I Started Praying the Bible

How I Started Praying the Bible

It was the 1st of March, 1985. I remember where I was sitting when it happened. I was Pastor of a church in the western suburbs of Chicago. A guest preacher was speaking on a series of meetings at our church. He was teaching on the prayers of the Apostle...

Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks: A Way of Life in Christ

Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks: A Way of Life in Christ

Near the end of his first letter to the church of Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul issued an exhortation that at once seems inviting and impossible. He writes, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of...

Elijah’s Suicide Prayer and the Whisper of God

Elijah’s Suicide Prayer and the Whisper of God

The book of James gives remarkable insight into the prayer life of the great prophet Elijah. James 5:17-18 says Elijah controlled the weather with his prayers. He prayed, and it did not rain. For three and half years not a drop fell from the sky. Elijah...

Passionate Prayers

Passionate Prayers

This particular season of ministry has been at times very difficult for me, and I’ve found that this is typically a result of not being focused on my prayer life. For me, praying in general has always seemed like a chore. I know that you do not want to...

Pastoral Ministry and Four Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

Pastoral Ministry and Four Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

Pastoral ministry is unrelenting spiritual warfare. There was a time in Protestant history when an emphasis on spiritual warfare in the Christian life and in pastoral ministry was standard fare. Such works as Richard Gilpin’s Daemonolgia Sacra, Thomas...

Spiritual Warfare and the Power of Scripture

Spiritual Warfare and the Power of Scripture

In Matthew 4, Jesus is confronted by Satan in the desert. In this story, we learn how Jesus used Scripture in spiritual warfare against Satan. Today, I want us to look at Matthew 4:1-11. This temptation is an attempt by Satan to subvert God’s plan for...

Spiritual Warfare in the Realm of Assurance

Spiritual Warfare in the Realm of Assurance

Over the years, a dozen or so individuals have entered my pastoral study for counsel due to struggling with assurance of their salvation—they are not quite sure whether they are saved. Week in and week out they attend Sunday services. They read the...

Seven Ways To Pray for Persecuted Christians

Seven Ways To Pray for Persecuted Christians

When members of the Body of Christ suffer, the whole Body suffers together (1st Corinthians 12:26). Even if we are geographically removed from those being persecuted, we can still draw near to them spiritually. Hebrews 13:3 exhorts, “Remember the...

The Practice of Private Prayer

The Practice of Private Prayer

Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life. 1st Thessalonians 5:17 encourages Christians to pray without ceasing. How can we know what words to pray? Scripture gives us seven examples: Adoration Psalm 18:2 – The LORD is my rock and my fortress and...

The Practice of Corporate Prayer

The Practice of Corporate Prayer

The Prayer of Adoration Jeremiah 10:6-7, "There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their...

The Importance of Prayer to Theology

The Importance of Prayer to Theology

It is extremely easy to make the discipline of doing theology all about us. We can rob God of His glory in theological study by doing it in such a way that it ignores actual interaction with Him. Kelly Kapic reminds us that God is not merely an object of...

Spiritual Warfare and the In-breaking Kingdom

Spiritual Warfare and the In-breaking Kingdom

Matthew 12:22-32, “Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only...

Prayer: A Precious Remedy Against the Flesh’s Devices

Prayer: A Precious Remedy Against the Flesh’s Devices

Evagrius of Pontus once wrote, “If your soul grows weak, pray. As it is written, pray in fear and trembling, earnestly and watchfully. We ought to pray like that, especially because our unseen and wicked enemies are vehemently trying to hinder us.”[i] The...

Three Keys to a Better Prayer Life

Three Keys to a Better Prayer Life

By the kindness of God’s grace, I’ve been a Christian since I was five years old. Over the years my family has endured many difficult situations, such as my parents’ divorce, my brother’s divorce and separation from his son, my father’s hospitalization for...

Persistent Prayer to a Loving Father

Persistent Prayer to a Loving Father

Persistent prayer proves hard for many Christians. We may labor on our knees for years as we pray for our unbelieving child, an empty womb, our spouse to be converted, the friend battling cancer, depression to no longer have a hold, a sin to lose its grip,...

Praying with George Mueller’s Faith and Joseph’s Results

Praying with George Mueller’s Faith and Joseph’s Results

You are reading a theological journal. You are, no doubt, then familiar with the story of George Mueller; a story that is equal parts wonder at the amazing faith of a man with a heart for orphans and an amazing God who provided in response to his faith. It...

Does the Reformation Still Matter?

Does the Reformation Still Matter?

The things that matter most to us all center on the Gospel. The Church simply can’t afford to forget the lesson of the Reformation about the utter supremacy of the gospel in everything the church does. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winner and...

Four Convictions for Boldness from John Knox

Four Convictions for Boldness from John Knox

  John Knox was born in Haddington in 1514, though admittedly there is some debate on the exact date. We do know that Knox was born into a poorer family with not a lot of resources. Upon completion (another point of historical contention) of...

The Five Solas of the Reformation and Their Importance Today

The Five Solas of the Reformation and Their Importance Today

The Reformation in the 16th century is long known as a religious renewal movement, which we refer to today as the Protestant Reformation. This movement is known to have changed the course of Western civilization, but what is often not understood about this...

Who is Jonathan Edwards?

Who is Jonathan Edwards?

In order to gather a sense of Jonathan Edwards’ titanic legacy in American religious history, one needs only to survey the host of nicknames ascribed to him by various scholars through the years. In 1988, Robert Jenson pronounced Edwards “America’s...

Who is Martin Luther?

Who is Martin Luther?

  When tasked with writing about Martin Luther there are many ways in which one can approach the man. There are books on his influence on the Christian life, biographies aplenty, commentaries on his Tabletalk’s, commentaries on his letters and...

Soli Deo Gloria: To Glorify God Alone

Soli Deo Gloria: To Glorify God Alone

It has been said that Soli Deo Gloria is “the glue that holds the solas together”;[1] the way we view God influences everything about us. It influences how we parent our children. It influences our work ethic. Our view of God influences the way we relate...

Being John Calvin

Being John Calvin

Born on July 10, 1509, in Noyon, Picardy, in northern France, John Calvin was raised in a family of deeply committed Roman Catholics. Calvin would long remember his mother taking him on pilgrimages to see the relics of the saints, while his father, the...

Why Christians Should Read the Dead Guys

Why Christians Should Read the Dead Guys

"Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” But they said ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16, ESV) We are living in an unprecedented age of...

Is Calvinism Good for the Church?

Is Calvinism Good for the Church?

It’s an innocent question at first, “Is Calvinism good for the church?” Some people will not be alarmed by that question in any way, shape, or form. Others will think that this question doesn’t need to be asked at all. To them, Calvinism is a disease, a...

What Is Revival and Where Do We Find It?

What Is Revival and Where Do We Find It?

The idea of revival originates in the reality that, on the one hand, God is the decisive giver of all spiritual life and, on the other hand, humans, even those who are born again and part of God’s covenant family, from time to time drift into a kind of...

Sola Scriptura: Returning to the Fount of the Word

Sola Scriptura: Returning to the Fount of the Word

One of the greatest truths rediscovered during the Reformation was Sola Scriptura. Men such as John Wycliffe and John Huss affirmed this doctrine and called people to return to the Bible. When challenged by hostile church officials, Huss repeatedly...

Sola Gratia: Understanding Grace Alone

Sola Gratia: Understanding Grace Alone

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther hammered his now famous Ninty-Five Theses to the castle door at Wittenberg. It wasn’t long before his “beef” with Rome went viral and led to his excommunication. Less than four years later, Luther was summoned to appear...

Who is George Whitefield?

Who is George Whitefield?

  George Whitefield was the most famous man in America before the American Revolution. The Church of England minister was the most visible leader of the Great Awakening, a series of revivals that swept through Britain and America in the mid-eighteenth...

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of William Tyndale

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of William Tyndale

William Tyndale’s life story is one of adventure (see the movie God’s Outlaw; 1986). This is not the story of some scholarly, ivory-tower theologian. Tyndale had a singular desire, and that was to see the Word of God available in the native language of his...

The Reformation, Preaching, and What is Needed Today

The Reformation, Preaching, and What is Needed Today

Five centuries ago, an unknown Augustinian monk named Martin Luther rocked the world with his Reformation theology and preaching. What started out as an attempt to engage in a debate turned into the greatest awakening in human history since the explosion...

Christ Alone as Central to the Reformation Solas

Christ Alone as Central to the Reformation Solas

Reformation theology is often summarized by the five Solas. Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura) stands as the formal principle of the Reformation, and the foundation of all theology. God’s glory alone (Soli Deo Gloria) functions as a capstone for all...

The Protestant Reformation and Biblical Counseling

The Protestant Reformation and Biblical Counseling

On the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I am profoundly thankful for the many efforts to commemorate the theological themes central to the great recovery of the gospel in the 16th century. Most people summarize those key themes in the Five...

Sola Scriptura: The Heart of the Reformation

Sola Scriptura: The Heart of the Reformation

Within a year of posting his Ninety-Five Theses, Martin Luther was summoned to appear before Cardinal Cajetan to be examined for his accusations against the Roman Catholic Church’s theology and practice. When the Cardinal pressed him on the issue of the...

Sola Fide: Trusting in the One Who Saves

Sola Fide: Trusting in the One Who Saves

Critical to the Reformation was the recovery of the great doctrine of justification by faith. Martin Luther believed this doctrine was the doctrine on which the Church stands or falls. I will not assume that everyone understands the meaning of the word...

Recommended Reading on Suffering and God’s Sovereignty

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been discussing suffering and justice, and what that means in light of God’s sovereignty. In our world today, many people have a skewed view of what justice is and God’s role in bringing that about. So many people are also...

Four Powerful Outcomes of Sharing Your Pain with the Church

Four Powerful Outcomes of Sharing Your Pain with the Church

Churches are filled with people who are, and will be, experiencing hurts and disappointments in life. Jesus promised we would experience troubles in this world, but to take heart, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Pain and suffering are marks of...

Take a Step Back in Suffering

Take a Step Back in Suffering

The Westminster Shorter Catechism famously answers, "Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." This is to be the single greatest controlling influence in our lives. I confess that it is easy to talk about glorifying God and enjoying Him...

The True Meaning of Justice in the Workplace

The True Meaning of Justice in the Workplace

Biblically speaking, to be just means to use your strength on behalf of the weak. Justice most certainly includes an overall “fairness”, truth, integrity, honesty and refusing to show partiality. But the essence of justice goes beyond that. The essence of justice is...

Three Critical Truths about the Sovereignty of God and Prayer

Three Critical Truths about the Sovereignty of God and Prayer

There is no theological issue more complicated than the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. And this is no mere academic question, for our understanding here (or lack thereof) significantly affects such practical areas as evangelism and...

The Problem of Evil in the Book of Job

The Problem of Evil in the Book of Job

  The Lord is sovereign, powerful, and good. Evil exists and creatures bear moral responsibility for it. In making sense of the undeniable presence of sin, along with injustice and suffering it causes, many people deny one or more of these essential truths....

Suffering, Adversity, and Character Development

Suffering, Adversity, and Character Development

Whatever difficulties you face, it's safe to say there is something else going on than what meets the eye. In what way is God working all things for good? According to Romans 8:28, God is conforming us to the image of His Son. Jesus Himself was brought to...

Putting to Death the Fear of Man in the Glory of God in Christ

Putting to Death the Fear of Man in the Glory of God in Christ

John 12:35-43, “So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that...

God’s Grace and Your Sufferings

God’s Grace and Your Sufferings

Achilles was the Greek hero in Homer’s Iliad during the Trojan War who was killed by Paris with an arrow that struck his only vulnerable spot, his heel. So the Achilles heel is the vulnerable or susceptible spot. Critics of historic Christianity often point to the...

ISIS: Loving Our Neighbors and the Judgment of God

ISIS: Loving Our Neighbors and the Judgment of God

Few issues are as volatile right now as the problem of ISIS. Former President Obama, during his Presidency, stated multiple times that Islam is a “religion of peace”. While some denominations of Islam may seek to have peace, the statement that Islam is...

Hope: The Best of Things

Hope: The Best of Things

Hope has been defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “desire with anticipation.” Other definitions given by Merriam-Webster include a “deeply held wish” or a “feeling of wanting something to happen.” I’m certain that this is how the broader culture defines hope,...

Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Work of Missions

Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Work of Missions

If God is sovereign and all powerful, He must not be good. Or if He is good, then He must not be sovereign and all powerful. So reason many who believe that there should simply not be any suffering in the world. But even if they understand some suffering...

Augustine on Evil

Augustine on Evil

Is God the author of evil or its helpless victim? St. Augustine's answer has been the most intellectually credible and emotionally satisfying solution to this vexing problem.  One doesn't need a Ph.D. in theology to look around the world and realize something is...

The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God

The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God

As we examine the topic of the suffering of Christ and sovereignty of God, we see that it is one that many people face and struggle with mightily. In this article, we will begin the journey through this topic by considering what is said in the Book of Revelation. In...

When Love Lets Us Suffer

When Love Lets Us Suffer

We often think that if God loves us, He should spare us, or those we love, from suffering. And when He doesn’t, we wonder how that can be love. In John’s account of Lazarus’s death and resurrection, Jesus shows us how this can be. We start by being...

Five Truths About the Wrath of God

Five Truths About the Wrath of God

The doctrine of the Wrath of God has fallen on hard times. In today’s world, any concept of God’s wrath upsets our modern sentiments. It’s too disconcerting, too intolerant. We live in a day where we have set ourselves as the judge and God’s character is...

Preaching to Sufferers

Preaching to Sufferers

All people suffer. All Christians suffer. In fact, Christians suffer in unique ways because of their faith commitment. After being stoned and left for dead, the apostle Paul exhorted the disciples to understand, “It is necessary to go through many...

The Prosperity Gospel: A Global Epidemic

The Prosperity Gospel: A Global Epidemic

Prosperity is hot topic in the church. Does God care if a pastor drives a nice car or lives in a nice home? Does God command that all who follow Him take a vow of poverty and starve their families in a protest of earthly comfort? Bible teachers sell...

Theology Matters When Counseling the Suffering

Theology Matters When Counseling the Suffering

Consider these ministry scenarios: you are teaching a Bible study and during a time of group discussion, a woman reveals that her husband left her for another woman. What do you say? Or someone you serve in ministry learns they have a debilitating disease...

Sovereignty over Suffering and Satan’s Hand in It

Sovereignty over Suffering and Satan’s Hand in It

The impetus for this article comes from the ultimate reality of God as the supreme value in and above the universe. God is absolute and eternal and infinite. Everything else and everybody else is dependent and finite and contingent. God Himself is the...

Spurgeon, Suffering, and Social Justice

Spurgeon, Suffering, and Social Justice

On February 17, 1860, citizens from Montgomery, Alabama, gathered in the jail yard to burn the “dangerous books”[i] of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the most popular preacher in the Victorian world. A newspaper recorded the event: Last Saturday, we devoted to...

How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study

How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study

What a privilege it is to lead a Bible study! And what joy and excitement await you as you delve into the Word of God and help others to discover its life-changing truths. If God has called you to lead a Bible study group, I know you'll be spending much time in prayer...

Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

When Jesus approached His two disciples departing Jerusalem on the day of His resurrection, He asked, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” (Luke 24:17). Deftly, he quizzed them about the events of his own death, burial, and...

The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible

The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible

Biblical Interpretation through the Centuries Throughout the centuries there have been hot debates about the meaning of Scripture. In fact many church councils were called to end what was considered heretical teachings and debates about the meaning of God’s written...

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Most of us read the Bible as if it is telling a story, one that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We get the overarching narrative of Scripture and can see that Scripture sets out to tell a story about Christ. For some reason, however, it is more...

Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking

Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking

Going to church each Sunday and sitting under godly, loving, biblical, and practical preaching week in and week out should be enjoyed as a privilege by God’s people. While some people, like myself, learn best by sitting and listening, I know many people get more out...

Reading the Bible with the Church

Reading the Bible with the Church

Bible reading, meditation, journaling, meaty theology books—they are crucial and quite individualistic. And while there is a place for your personal, passionate pursuit of God, the Bible was never meant to remain a solely singular endeavor. The Word of God was and has...

What is Bible Preaching?

What is Bible Preaching?

One of the most penetrating series of imperatives that explode from the pages of Scripture is found in Paul’s letter to his young protégé, Timothy, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and...

Reading the Bible for Personal Devotion

Reading the Bible for Personal Devotion

So you'd like to begin spending time with God daily? It's a noble goal and one that every Christian should strive for. Perhaps you just made a personal resolution or you just had a spiritual mountaintop experience and you want to fan the flame of passion you feel for...

Reading the Bible with Family

Reading the Bible with Family

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign...

The Bible and the Interpreter

The Bible and the Interpreter

The word interpret can be used to mean “to understand”, “to translate”, or “to explain”. These three functions of the interpretive process are also appropriate for preaching. First, we seek to understand what the text is saying. Then, we translate that information...

Collected Writings on Scripture

Collected Writings on Scripture

Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, the Word of God has been under attack. These attacks not only come from outside the walls of the church, they also seem to creep into and rear their ugly head from inside the Church as well. Thus, it is vital for believers to make...

Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV) When it comes to understanding the Christian life, knowing and applying the Bible is a non-negotiable: one...

The Need for Word Studies

The Need for Word Studies

If someone were to ask you, “What does the word dog mean?” You might respond, “Well, use it in a sentence!” Most words have a range of meanings, and what a word means depends on how it is used. Doing a word study is a helpful Bible study practice; however, it involves...

The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What to Do About It

The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What to Do About It

One of the biggest issues that isn’t being talked about enough is the issue of biblical illiteracy. Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: “Americans revere the Bible–but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it,...

Biblical Meditation As Experiential Reading

Biblical Meditation As Experiential Reading

Perhaps one of the greatest ironies should be assigned to our current situation: we have more access to Scripture and its rich historical truths than ever before, and yet we have in our churches an ever-increasing lethargy when it comes to the exploration of said...

The Five Biblical Basics of Biblical Interpretation

The Five Biblical Basics of Biblical Interpretation

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27) The word “interpreted” in Luke 24:27 comes from the Greek word διερμηνεύω (transliterated as diermēneuō), which means either to...

The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and Redeemer

The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and Redeemer

  The doctrine of God has been either neglected or under attack for more than a century. Yet, it is one of the most neglected doctrines in the Church today. From understanding the doctrine of the Trinity, creation, prayer, Satan and demons, God’s providence, the...

Recommended Reading on the Doctrine of God

Recommended Reading on the Doctrine of God This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the Doctrine of God. We are living in a time where this doctrine is either neglected, under attack, or greatly misunderstood. With this issue of Theology for Life...

Preaching the Doctrine of God

Preaching the Doctrine of God

In the contemporary evangelical movement, we are seeing all sorts of attacks on the doctrine of God. From neglect of teaching on this particular doctrine to weird ideas as it relates to the Trinity and more, over the past century, we’ve seen this doctrine under...

Searching Hearts and Testing Minds The God of Biblical Counseling

Searching Hearts and Testing Minds The God of Biblical Counseling

The Gospels record that those who heard Jesus teach were “astonished” and “amazed” by the authority with which He spoke (Matthew 7:29; Mark 1:22; John 7:46). Whether Jew or Gentile, Jesus’s audiences were frequently captured, not only by His knowledge of God’s word,...

What Matthew Henry Can Teach Us about Prayer

What Matthew Henry Can Teach Us about Prayer

In all of the time I have been a Christian and in all of the time I have served in my ministry at the local Church I have never heard anyone say the following sentence: “I am satisfied with my prayer life.” For many in the local Church their prayer life is...

Defining Miracles Biblically

Defining Miracles Biblically

The way we approach the miraculous is important. Many Christians do not realize that they have adopted an impersonal worldview that makes the miraculous an intrusion into the affairs of our life. They sound often more like David Hume than the Bible. Hume, for example,...

What Are the Incommunicable Attributes of God?

What Are the Incommunicable Attributes of God?

In the study of the doctrine of God, a primary concern is to develop an understanding of His attributes. In this article, we’ll look at specific characteristics of God, such as His Holiness, His immutability, and His infiniteness, to gain a coherent understanding of...

What Are the Communicable Attributes of God?

What Are the Communicable Attributes of God?

Theologians often like to use fancy words to describe biblical teaching and categories. In two articles in this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, I’m going to explain what the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God are. In this article, we’ll start with...

The Righteousness of God

The Righteousness of God

In English, the terms righteousness and justice are different words, but in both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament there is only one-word group behind these two English terms. In the Old Testament, the terms primarily translate forms of the tsedek...

The Grace, Mercy, and Patience of God

The Grace, Mercy, and Patience of God

God’s mercy, patience, and grace may be seen as three separate attributes, or as specific attributes of God’s goodness. The definitions given here show these attributes as special examples of God’s goodness when it is used for the benefit of specific classes of...

The Providence of God

The Providence of God

Over the past century, we’ve seen multiple attacks on the doctrine of the providence of God. The truth is though these attacks are unwarranted. The providence of God is a great comfort to the people of God. John Flavel, a prominent Puritan writer and author of The...

Patristic Contributions to Trinitarian Theology

Patristic Contributions to Trinitarian Theology

The historical development of Trinitarian theology was anything but unencumbered and straightforward. Articulating and explaining how one God exists in three persons—who are equal in substance, essence, and glory from all eternity—was the primary theological task of...

Creation: Why, How, and When Did God Create the Universe?

Creation: Why, How, and When Did God Create the Universe?

Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Scripture begins with a simple, clear, and important declaration. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. There is no explanation of where God came from. We are simply told God...

The Love of God

The Love of God

Have you ever looked at a diamond ring at the jewelry store, literally captured by its beauty? As you admire this stunning stone, the salesperson places a sheet of black velvet under the diamond, which always does one thing: it accentuates the beauty of the diamond....

The Goodness of God

The Goodness of God

The daily headlines relentlessly pound against the shore of our lives. We live in a world that suffers from the curse of sin. Ours is a world filled with pain. In such a cultural milieu, it is crucial that we know and affirm the goodness of God. The goodness of God...

The Eternal God

The Eternal God

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2 CH. Spurgeon, when preaching on Psalm 90, said, "God was when nothing else was." Quite honestly, this sounds like a...

The Omniscience of God

The Omniscience of God

They are everywhere. Do you see them? You can’t miss these things. The pages of Scripture shout from the mountaintops about them. What are they? Verses about the omniscience of God. We’ll begin with three: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the...

The Omnipotence of God

The Omnipotence of God

I want to fly. No, not just purchase a ticket and take a seat in 3B. I want to really fly. Put out my arms, jump off the Empire State building, and fly. It isn't just the fancy of it that appeals to me. Don't get me wrong, it would be fun, but I have practical reasons...

Morality and a High View of God

Morality and a High View of God

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the greatest preachers and theologians of the 20th century, taught that a high view of God leads to a high view of Jesus. Popular culture flaunts its belief that man, in all of his glory, is the beginning and the end of all things. The...

Immanence of God

Immanence of God

God as “other”, and God as “near” are two key elements of Biblical doctrine. God is the sovereign Creator, transcendent, and distinct from His creation. Yet, God also draws near in love and judgment to His creation. Both elements are important for a Biblical...

Soli Deo Gloria: More Than a Phrase

Soli Deo Gloria: More Than a Phrase

“To the glory of God alone.” Most of us have heard of this phrase, also referred to in the Latin as Soli Deo Gloria. We hear it from athletes as they talk to reporters after the big game, or actors upon receiving an award. It is the topic of conversation in many Bible...

The Knowability of God

The Knowability of God

What can we know about God? The knowability of God is a topic in Christian theology that answers this question. Additionally, it is very much the most basic question of Christian theology. Why do I say this? The answer is quite simple; this is the most basic question...

The Holiness of God: Awakening to His Character

The Holiness of God: Awakening to His Character

If there is one truth evangelical Protestants can all get behind, it is the holiness of God. To deny the holiness of God would be to deny the Christian faith and the Scriptures altogether. Countless studies and books have been tailored to exploring this particular...

Adam, Eve, the Gospel, and the Truthfulness of Scripture

Adam, Eve, the Gospel, and the Truthfulness of Scripture

The historicity of Adam is one of the most debated issues in modern Christianity. There are many who simply do not believe Adam and Eve existed, even within the Church. Some scholars do not believe that the existence of a literal Adam and Eve is crucial to Christian...

What If My Pastor Avoids Genesis?

What If My Pastor Avoids Genesis?

Why are Adam and Eve some of the last people to visit our churches? After all, Genesis is the starting point and foundation of God’s revelation about redemption! Well, if you really want to open doors, you need to know the stumbling blocks pastors must overcome. A few...

Recommended Reading on Astronomy, Geology, Apologetics, and More

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the topics of Adam as a real person in real history and science. We are living in a time when many people are questioning whether Adam is a real person in real history along with a literal reading of Genesis....

Evolution vs. Creation: The Order of Events Matters!

Evolution vs. Creation: The Order of Events Matters!

The order of events of creation recorded in Genesis 1 contradicts (at very many points) the order of events according to the evolution story. Many Christians think that if we just take each of the days of creation as being figurative of long ages (hundreds of millions...

God’s Covering of Man’s Nakedness

God’s Covering of Man’s Nakedness

Over the past couple of weeks at a Bible Study I have been attending, we have been exploring some fundamental aspects of Scripture and theology in general. As a starting point, a necessary one I might add, the discussion has centered on Genesis 1-4, for it is in these...

Peter Enns, Jesus and Genesis

Peter Enns, Jesus and Genesis

In the past few years, a handful of books from ostensibly conservative Christians have challenged the traditional interpretation that God created man from the dust of the ground. Instead, these authors have argued for some eclectic blend of creation and evolution when...

In Defense of the Historical Adam

In Defense of the Historical Adam

The cover story in Christianity Today in June 2011 was “The Search for the Historical Adam”. The subtitle read, “Some scholars believe genome science casts doubt on the existence of the first man and woman. Others say the integrity of the faith requires it.” The...

The Quest for the Historical Adam – A Review

The Quest for the Historical Adam – A Review

The intriguing title, The Quest for the Historical Adam, by William VanDoodewaard, is patterned after Albert Schweitzer’s (in)famous The Quest for the Historical Jesus (1910). But rather than a focus on the “last Adam,” VanDoodewaard focuses on the first Adam. And...

Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis?

Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis?

Anyone who has read the Bible very much will recognize that there are different kinds of literature in the Old and New Testaments. There are parables, poetry, prophetic visions, dreams, epistles, proverbs, and historical narrative, with the majority being the latter....

Adam A Determinative Hermeneutic in the Bible

Adam A Determinative Hermeneutic in the Bible

Adam as a real person in real history is under attack in our day. From attacks on the scientific community to the Christian community, some are suggesting we shouldn’t take seriously the Bible’s teaching on Adam. What is often missed in books and articles on this...

Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Narrative

Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Narrative

With the influence of evolutionary and humanistic constructs which gained prominence during the latter stages of the nineteenth century cultural and academic milieu, alternative interpretations of creation became vogue. The increasing pressure from the scientific...

Is Genesis 1 Literal, Literalism, or Literalistic?

Is Genesis 1 Literal, Literalism, or Literalistic?

Young earth creationists, or rather biblical creationists, are often accused of being over-literal in their interpretation of Genesis 1. Regrettably, this accusation caricaturizes this position as a “literalistic interpretation”, which is unfortunate since biblical...

Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years

Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years

There is an intensifying controversy in the church all over the world regarding the age of the earth. For the first 18 centuries of church history, the almost universal belief of Christians was that God created the world in six literal days, roughly 4,000 years before...

An Interview with Dr. Robert Carter

An Interview with Dr. Robert Carter

T4L: Hello, Dr. Carter! Could you give us the elevator ride introduction to yourself and your ministry? Dr. Carter: Creation Ministries International was started in Australia nearly 40 years ago. Today, we have an international team of about 30 speakers operating out...

Science and Biblical Authority

Science and Biblical Authority

As a scientist and Christian, I have come to the conclusion that the Bible serves as an essential foundation for understanding science, in the past and present. While I would expect atheists to object to this concept, I find that even many Christians object. Why is...

The Image of God an Explanation of Man Created in the Image of God

The Image of God an Explanation of Man Created in the Image of God

At the heart of much of the discussion on gender today is a wrong understanding of the image of God in man. Much of this discussion is occurring in a secular media that wants to promote “equality and tolerance”. These people want people to believe that there is...

Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap

Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap

The issue of purity, especially when it comes to matters of a sexual nature, is not just a problem for men. Women also face the pernicious allure of sexual impurity and the draw of fantasy, whether that is through mental images parading across their thought life, or...

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace

Heath Lambert’s book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, is an issue-specific book for men and women who struggle with sexual sin, specifically in the area of pornography. In the introduction of the book Lambert puts forth his thesis: “This...

Five Ways to Help You Grow in Christ and Defeat Your Addiction

Five Ways to Help You Grow in Christ and Defeat Your Addiction

Sam struggles with pornography on a weekly basis. Every time he looks at pornography he feels guilt and shame. Sam has read the books and articles on how to fight pornography but still thinks, “Help, I’m addicted to pornography and don’t know what to do!” There are...

Finding Freedom in Christ: Letting Go of Self-Condemnation

Finding Freedom in Christ: Letting Go of Self-Condemnation

If you were to open my email inbox in the morning and read my emails you’d see that, outside of getting emails from publicists, the vast majority of emails I get are from people struggling with an addiction to pornography. Whether on my social media pages or in my...

The Real Victims of Pornography

The Real Victims of Pornography

When it comes to the topic of pornography and the Church, our default is to point to the man. We are inundated with statistics that reveal just how prevalent pornography is among men in and out of the Church. We have all seen them — the outrageous percentages that...

Counseling Pornography Addicts

Counseling Pornography Addicts

Pornography is not usually about sex. Sexual addiction is often a symptom of a deeper heart issue, and while we must correct behaviors and habits, if we never get below the surface in our counseling we will not ultimately be helpful. To help a sex addict, we must...

Pornography & Temptation: Getting to the Heart

Pornography & Temptation: Getting to the Heart

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1...

From Pew Sitter to Abolitionist Sex Trafficking and the Church

From Pew Sitter to Abolitionist Sex Trafficking and the Church

Pornography and sex-trafficking have gained a foothold of normalcy in the United States. Don’t believe it? Advertisements for sex with minors are now posted on several mainstream online ad companies. The activity is indeed illegal. But the right to advertise it,...

Confronting the Evils of Sex Trafficking

Confronting the Evils of Sex Trafficking

As the author of When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart, and as one whose first husband was ensnared by the evil web of pornography, I became heartbreakingly aware that porn fuels the demand for sex-trafficking. The continued demand...

The Secret Sin in the Mind of a Woman

The Secret Sin in the Mind of a Woman

It had been an exhausting day. I can’t even describe to you how much I would just love to close out the rest of the world and drop into the fantasy world of the novel resting on my night stand. Its pages beckon temptingly. I breathe deeply, knowing that if I give into...

Three Ways Jesus Makes Sex Education Easy for Parents

Three Ways Jesus Makes Sex Education Easy for Parents

It’s amazing how sheepish parents can get about the subject of sex—especially around their children. At a recent conference, I spoke to a packed crowd of parents who wanted to learn about how to give their kids a godly sex education. After an hour session, a woman...

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

Pornography has very quickly become a popular conversation among Christians. Pornography is a rising problem not only in our churches but also in our culture. Pornography disrupts how men interact with women. Countless Christian men (and an increasing number of women)...

Four Ways to Minister to People with Sexual Addictions

Four Ways to Minister to People with Sexual Addictions

Over the past few years, I’ve been in a fortunate position to be able to minister to many men locally and across the United States who struggle with an addiction to pornography. Pornography is a huge issue inside and outside the church. Based on the things I’ve...

The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures

The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures

It is not that much of a stretch to declare the Word of God has been under attack since the Garden of Eden, when the Serpent questioned God’s command to Adam, up until the present day when Scripture continues to be questioned on seemingly all fronts. The desire for...

The Doctrines of Grace: Understanding the Heartbeat of the Gospel

The Doctrines of Grace: Understanding the Heartbeat of the Gospel

Charles Spurgeon once noted, “That doctrine which is called “Calvinism” did not spring from Calvin; we believe that it sprang from the great founder of all truth.”[i] With these words, Spurgeon set forth the critical truth that the Doctrines of Grace, also known as...

Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher

Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher

The past ten years has seen the rise of the Doctrines of Grace, also known as Calvinism. In his helpful book, Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology, Pastor Greg Dutcher writes, not as an outsider critiquing what he doesn’t understand, but as an...

Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest by Mark Jones

Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest by Mark Jones

The debate over the relationship between law and gospel has been waged since the time of the Christ, with some affirming justification by the grace of God which provides the believer freedom from the law, and with others declaring a more legalistic approach suggesting...

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Few issues are as important as understanding the Christ-centered nature of the Scriptures. When we consider who Christ is—what He came to do and accomplished in His death and resurrection, and what He continues to do as our Mediator, Advocate, Intercessor, and High...

Recommended Books on the Doctrines of Grace

Recommended Books on the Doctrines of Grace

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the topic of the Doctrines of Grace. We are living in a time when many people are either learning or rediscovering what the gospel is and the importance of a biblical understanding of the gospel. With this issue...

Limited Atonement

Limited Atonement

Romans 8:30 states, “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified [by Christ’s atoning blood], and those whom he justified he also glorified.” A central component to the gospel announcement is the death of Jesus Christ. The...

Reforming According to the Word of God for the Spread of the Gospel

Reforming According to the Word of God for the Spread of the Gospel

Over the past six months, I’ve prayed extensively about the topic of the Doctrines of Grace. I prayed that this issue would be biblical, theological, practical, and equip our readers to understand the heartbeat of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. As this article...

The Doctrine of Predestination

The Doctrine of Predestination

The Protestant Reformation was a movement in sixteenth-century Europe that sought to reform the Roman Catholic Church back to a Christ-exalting, gospel-believing, and Word-centered expression of the Christian faith.[i] However, the more the Scriptures shed light on...

Total Depravity: The Problem Defined and Solution Provided

Total Depravity: The Problem Defined and Solution Provided

Humanity has a problem. Turn on the news, listen to the radio, or take a quick glance at your favorite social media outlet and you will likely find a plethora of stories concerning the desperate plight of someone around the world. Why does the inhumanity of man...

Evangelism, Missions, and Calvinism

Evangelism, Missions, and Calvinism

The name John Calvin is a controversial one that evokes a broad range of reactions from different people around the world. To some, he is the tireless, larger-than-life, second-generation French reformer who changed the world forever with his Reformation ministry in...

Assurance and Perseverance in Hebrews 6:1-8

Assurance and Perseverance in Hebrews 6:1-8

The controversy surrounding Hebrews 6:1-8 is many fold. From those who believe that it teaches that the salvation of God’s people is conditional to those who believe it doesn’t—over the history of the Church there has been a lot of various interpretations advanced. It...

False Intimacy by Harry Schaumburg

False Intimacy by Harry Schaumburg

As a counselor, I probably speak with more men about pornography and sexual addiction than I do any other subject. Porn addiction has become an epidemic in the church, and helping guys fight for sexual purity has become almost a full-time job. As a result, I am always...

Jesus’ Growth in Knowledge and Wisdom

Jesus’ Growth in Knowledge and Wisdom

Orthodox Christians affirm that Jesus is God and possesses deity equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. That is, the three persons of the Trinity share in the same divine essence and thus the same divine attributes. Some of these divine attribute are classified as...

Reading Your Bible: Building a Passion for God and His Glory

Reading Your Bible: Building a Passion for God and His Glory

One of the greatest needs for Christians, today is open their Bible’s and read it. You may have decided that this was going to be the year when you read through all the Bible. You may even have been regularly reading your Bible and be at the point where you've gotten...

Standing for Life in a Culture of Death

Standing for Life in a Culture of Death

Few issues are as volatile and as least understood as the issue of abortion. People today on the pro-choice side of the debate make two arguments. The first is that they are autonomous individuals, therefore, able to make choices that only impact their own lives. This...

Helping Adoptive Parents

Helping Adoptive Parents

I was speaking at a conference on my book, After They Are Yours: The Grace and Grit of Adoption (Cruciform Press, 2014). I was talking openly and transparently about my wife’s and my struggles as adoptive parents, our failures, and our hopes. As I did, there were 4 or...

Lessons on the Journey of Adoption

Lessons on the Journey of Adoption

Lessons on the Journey of Adoption I love to speak and write, but I am not a storyteller. In the adoption world story is king. The story of a child languishing in an orphanage across the ocean can pull on the hearts and minds of prospective adoptive parents and they...

Think Adoption

Think Adoption

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship (adoption). And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) Two years ago, my wife and I adopted our daughter. I can only imagine what it must be like to be...

Recommended by Books on Abortion and Adoption

Recommended by Books on Abortion and Adoption

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the topic of abortion and adoption. We are living in a time many people are rediscovering the adoption and practice of adoption, along with understanding the horrors of abortion. With this issue of Theology for...

The Hypostatic Union: Its Construct and Importance for the Believer

The Hypostatic Union: Its Construct and Importance for the Believer

The Hypostatic Union: Its Construct and Importance for the Believer The hypostatic union, while arguably not at the forefront of most believers’ minds when it comes to matters of theology, is nevertheless a vitally important doctrine, especially regarding the study of...

Five Principles to Search The Scriptures Profitably

Five Principles to Search The Scriptures Profitably

Today we continue our three-part series looking at John 5:39. In this series, we began with looking at three reasons we miss the message of the Bible. Yesterday we looked at three ways to find Christ in the Old Testament. Today we conclude this series by exploring...

Heaven: Hope for the Redeemed and Destruction for the Wicked

Heaven: Hope for the Redeemed and Destruction for the Wicked

Heaven is a place where the Redeemed of the Lord will go after they die. The true Christian lives in tension between the “already” and “not yet” of the Kingdom of God. On one hand, the Kingdom of God is here and now through the death, burial, and resurrection of...

What is Systematic Theology?

What is Systematic Theology?

In a previous article I answered the question, "What is theology?" with the hope of helping you understand how theology is biblically/theological, and practical. In this article I want to help you understand what systematic theology is and why it is important. Ever...

What is Theology?

What is Theology?

At first it may seem innocent to ask the question,“What is theology?” after all theology means the study of God. Throughout this article, I intend to demonstrate that while it may be innocent to ask the question, “What is theology?” the answer is actually quite...

Til Death Do We Part: The Truth About Marriage

Til Death Do We Part: The Truth About Marriage

To download or view the the issue as a PDF please click on:   Til Death Do We Part The Truth About Marriage   The past decade has seen an increase of attacks on the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman for the rest of their lives....

Sinners In The Hands Of A Merciful God

Sinners In The Hands Of A Merciful God

To download or view the the issue as a PDF please click on: Sinners In The Hands Of A Merciful God Sin is a concept that is by and large discounted and even neglected in the Church. Not that many Pastors don’t preach on it—they do—it’s more that sin is an...

Scripture: The Source of Truth in a Culture of Doubt

Over the past decade, I’ve spent considerable time studying the Bible in both an academic and personal setting. During this time, I not only learned a great deal about the Bible, but also about how the Bible is under attack through a multifaceted method from the...

Christology: Christ, the Church, and the Christian Life

Christology: Christ, the Church, and the Christian Life

Over the past six years I’ve lived in Boise, Idaho, an area that is predominately Mormon. Before this, however, I lived for 26 years in the greater Seattle, Washington area. While Boise’s predominate religions are Mormonism and Catholicism, in Seattle the most highly...

The Blood of Jesus

The Blood of Jesus

The cleaning of humanity by the blood of Jesus is the turning point of human history. This is what Hebrews 9:26 means when it says that Christ “appeared once for all at the end of the ages.” That expression marks this as the decisive point of history, when God’s...