Spiritual Life

“We all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our … More Spiritual Life

21 things about ‘the Word’ in 18 verses

The Gospel of John is thick with theological statements and concepts. John says much about Jesus, about God, about humanity, about belief or trust, and about sin. Some of the most potent and pregnant verses of the entire Bible are known as John’s prologue – the first 18 verses of his Gospel. ‘The Word’ is John’s … More 21 things about ‘the Word’ in 18 verses

Thomas Cranmer

In the early-to-mid 1500s, Thomas Cranmer was the personal chaplain to King Henry VIII and the archbishop of Canterbury, the highest position in the Church of England. At a time when Protestantism was being celebrated and embraced in England, Cranmer was a political and spiritual ally. Cranmer was instrumental in England’s rejection of papal rule … More Thomas Cranmer

Southern Baptist Identity | A Book Review

One of the most recent books I have read is “Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future.” It was highly informative, candidly thought-provoking, and engagingly eclectic. I am thankful for the book form of these many essays from varying leadership among the Southern Baptist Convention. You’ll read my full commendation at the end … More Southern Baptist Identity | A Book Review

Do you Believe?

Belief is a funny word. “I believe it might rain today.” “I believe in God.” “Just believe!” “I believe it might rain today.” “I believe in God.” “Just believe!”     All three of these uses of the word ‘believe’ are fairly common among our culture, and yet none of them actually line up with … More Do you Believe?

The Unsettling Jesus

Christians and non-Christians alike may envision Jesus as a social reformer, a passive resistor, or a gentle teacher. In a discussion about the biblical Jesus, there may well be room for these concepts, but this collection is far less than a complete view of the Jesus of the Bible. The Jesus of the Bible is … More The Unsettling Jesus

Are You Sanctified?

“[Put] off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22–24).   “Sanctification” is a churchy word, but … More Are You Sanctified?