God is Love

1 John 4:16b, God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him (own Greek translation). A long debated text. Some interpret this to mean that since God is love, He cannot be a God of wrath and anger; He can only impose on us good feelings. Such is the sin […]

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The Hard Path

Matthew 7:14, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” To use an imperfect analogy, the Christian path is like walking on a narrow nature trail with rocks and tree roots that twist and sprain our ankles. It is hard to walk on. […]

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True Christian Piety

1 Timothy 3:16a, Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh (own Greek translation). For millennia, men have sought true piety—true godliness, most to no avail. The mendicant monks of early Christianity thought piety to be the abandonment of all material possessions. No, that is more neoplatonic than Christian […]

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Gentiles with A Jewish King

Romans 9:5, To [the Israelites] belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God all over, blessed forever. Amen. As privileged Western Christians, we are often ignorant of the heritage of our religion. We think Christianity is a western religion, but it started in the east and was […]

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Forsake All Sin

Revelation 18:4, “Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues.” Here, we hear God’s command to His people—the Church, not unbelievers—to flee from the Great Whore (cf. Revelation 17). Most English translations translate it, “the great prostitute.” It is a kind and generous translation. No, she […]

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Review: More Than A Carpenter

Author: Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell Publisher: Tyndale House Rating: 4/5 stars Amazon Price: $6.11 (paperback) Bottom Line The McDowells give a terrific historical analysis of the historical Jesus. They list a great amount of evidence speaking to the authenticity of the Scriptures and the historical reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, especially considering how concise the book […]

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The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father

While the Lord’s prayer is a well-known part of a church service, I sometimes wonder if there is a lack of intentionality and consideration in the recitation of the Prayer. While listening to others say it, and even noting my shame as my thoughts wander sometimes, I often ask myself if people consider what they […]

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The Typology of Abigail’s Faith

Check out my newest article with Geeks Under Grace! What do we make of Abigail’s loyalty and her husband Nabal’s disloyalty to David in 1 Samuel 25? They are two unseemly characters in God’s narrative of the coming Messiah. Abigail seems an insignificant character at first, but there’s a lot more depth to her example. […]

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The Christian Dispersion

Acts 8:4, Now those who were scattered went about preaching the Word. At this time in Acts, the early Church had grown immensely. After Pentecost, they went from barely any believers to over 3,000 believers who gathered regularly for worship. Things were going well for these early Christians—the apostles were healing and performing other miracles, there […]

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