How are rebellious, disobedient humans able to avoid the wrath of the God they have so consistently defied throughout their lives? Now that is a good question! Throughout history, Christians have phrased the question like this: How is a sinner justified before God? Justification is a theological and biblical word, but it is also very … More Justification: Not Only for Theologians
It would not be an overstatement to say that God’s revealed word has been a source of controversy from nearly the beginning of time. The serpent of old asked Eve, “Did God actually say…” (Gen. 3:1), and that question has been an incessant refrain ever since. One of the central topics of the conversation, especially … More Has God Really Spoken?
“Martin Luther was a giant of history… [He] was the pioneer Reformer, the one whom God first used to spark a transformation of Christianity in the Western world.” These accurate and sobering words from Steven Lawson on Martin Luther properly begin the discussion of such a man. There is no doubt that the stage of … More Luther & the “Five Solas” of the Reformation
Recently, I taught a bible study course through the Galatian epistle and began the first lesson by discussing only the first three words of the text, “Paul, an Apostle…” ‘Who is Paul?’ and ‘What is an Apostle?’ seemed to be two questions that needed to be asked and answered before we could move on to … More To whom was the Letter to the ‘Galatians’ written?
What does it mean to be Lost? Usually, in the context of Christianity, one is not speaking of location confusion when using the term lost. To say, “he is lost,” is to say something other than, “he does not know how to make his way from his home to the church building.” The term lost … More What does it mean to be ‘Lost’?
Prayer is essential in the life of every Christian. Most churchgoers would fully acknowledge this as a reality, but some may be embarrassed to answer any questions regarding the frequency, intentionality, or purpose of their own prayers. Likewise, most churchgoers would accept some responsibility for evangelism generally. However, personal evangelism and the clear requirement of … More Jesus, Prayer & Evangelism
Is “receive Christ” terminology proper to use in presenting the gospel? It is of paramount importance that anyone who seeks to articulate the Gospel of Jesus Christ does so in terms that are understandable to the one or ones with whom the evangelist is attempting to communicate. This means that the evangelist will need to … More Should a person ‘receive Christ’?
Church growth and church outreach have been topics of interest among church leaders for a long time. These subjects are not new. In fact, the biblical record can give us some incredible insight into these concentrated areas. Far from being a field through which we may walk, seeking to ‘cherry pick’ verses to fit our … More A Theology of Church Growth & Outreach
Both the New and Old Testaments are acutely focused upon the basis and Object of worship. Misconception #1: The New Testament cares more about the heart of the worshiper than the Old Testament. 1) The OT is deeply concerned with the heart of the worshipers and the Object that they worshiped. The list could be … More Jesus Christ is the focal point of all true Worship in both the Old and New Testaments