Who was Mark, and how did his published account of the Gospel story become so influential in the early church? First, let’s address the elephant in the book. It is anonymous from the direct perspective of the book, meaning that it never directly identifies its author. There is no signature appended to the end of … Continue reading Critical Conversation: Peter’s preaching notes.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18, ESV. This is what the Apostle Paul immediately confesses after rejoicing over the magnificent claim that to be in Christ is to also be a blessed child of God, … Continue reading Yes, God is still for His Children.
Have you ever told someone, ‘I’m praying for you!’ and then never actually prayed for them? Here’s three reasons why you need to stop doing that.
Be careful about what you ask The Lord for, because He might just give it to you! That was the case for the Israelites at a place they would later name, ‘graves of craving’...
Every time you sit under biblical preaching your heart is either transformed, making you fit for heaven, or it is hardened, making you fit for hell. So stop sleeping through the message, and wake up so that you can discern what is happening.
I am absolutely convinced of this truth: The most impactful thing you can do for your soul is to read God’s Word in a comprehensive way and on a consistent basis. There are two points in that truth worth mentioning: Read the Bible comprehensively, that is read it from cover to cover. Read the Bible … Continue reading 3 Tips For Reading The Bible.
It’s a story we are all too familiar with: Sodom and Gomorrah. In fact, I would be willing to say that your familiarity is so strong that you could easily rehearse the facts without much mental effort. Shoot, you might even be able quote Ezekiel’s prophetic explanation of the ancient twin cities ominous destruction. Kudos … Continue reading How God deals with Lingering Lot.
What was happening in the land of Shinar? You have probably never given much thought to the genealogies in the Bible, especially those recorded in Genesis. Their names are difficult to enunciate, they seem foreign to our Western minds, and we may ponder if these parts are as inspired as the epic historical narratives that … Continue reading How the Tower of Babel Comes Up Short.
One Momentous Theological Point. I once read, in a book teaching effective communication, that building a sermon around one major point is extremely effective. I remember laughing to myself because I struggle to zone down my sermon points from like 20 theological conclusions to the good old fashioned three Baptist alliterated points, that is all … Continue reading The God Who Chooses to Redeem.
I love Isaiah chapter 55. I love it for many reasons. I love it because it teaches me, a follower of Christ, of my Lord’s good and joyful plan for His people (55: 12-13). I love it because it reminds me that I do not worship a wimpy God unable to fulfill His purposes, but … Continue reading Does God feel distant to you?