Relationships Can Change The World: The Letter To Philemon

What does the Gospel of Jesus Christ have to say about your relationships with other people? That’s an important question, but don’t answer it just yet. Answer this one first: Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ primarily about going to heaven when you die, or is it about having every aspect of your life, bothContinue reading “Relationships Can Change The World: The Letter To Philemon”

What Is The Gospel?

“Gospel” is simply a word that means “good news” but many people use it as shorthand for the central message of Christianity. Usually then, “gospel” refers to the good news about Christ and his Kingdom. So what’s the good news about Christ and his Kingdom? To understand that good news, we have to understand itsContinue reading “What Is The Gospel?”

Obadiah: The Danger Of Indifference

Indifference. It seems to be a perennial problem. Obadiah dealt with it. Obadiah was a prophet. His book is the shortest in the Old Testament. If you can quote a verse from it without looking it up, you’ll have earned my undying respect. We just don’t seem to pay much attention to Obadiah. I thinkContinue reading “Obadiah: The Danger Of Indifference”

If God Is Good, Why Do Bad Things Happen? (A Sermon From Psalm 10)

Psalm 10 is one of those heavy Psalms. It forces us to wrestle with a question that has been asked throughout human history and that question is this: “if God is good, why do bad things happen?” Most think that David is the author of Psalm 10. Assuming that, what David is doing in PsalmContinue reading “If God Is Good, Why Do Bad Things Happen? (A Sermon From Psalm 10)”

If God Is Good, Why Do Bad Things Happen?

If God is good, why do bad things happen? The question is not new. People have asked it for centuries. It shows up in historical, philosophical, and religious texts. One of the places it appears is in Psalm 10. Most think that David is the author of Psalm 10. Assuming that, what David is doingContinue reading “If God Is Good, Why Do Bad Things Happen?”

Look At All The Disappointed Little Gods

We’ve got a problem. There are too many gods and not enough worshippers. Yep. That’s what I said. Go read it again in case you missed it. And then let me explain what I mean. First off, I want to defend my orthodoxy and say that I believe there is only one true and living God,Continue reading “Look At All The Disappointed Little Gods”

The Lord Who Knows The Man Who Is Blessed – Psalm 1

When it comes to worship music in the church today, there’s a much better atmosphere than that which existed a few years ago. “Worship wars” is how many described the rough transition from a church that predominantly relied on hymnals and pianos to one that rolled out a dizzying array of guitars, keyboards, and (heavenContinue reading “The Lord Who Knows The Man Who Is Blessed – Psalm 1”

Submitted to the Word: Church Leadership

A couple weeks ago, I posted about why Christians should base everything they do on the Word of God. Then I posted a case study of what it looks like for a church to base their view of membership on the Scripture. In this post, I’m going to explore what it looks like for aContinue reading “Submitted to the Word: Church Leadership”

Submitted to the Word: Church Membership

Last week, I wrote a post about Christian decision-making and why Christians should submit everything to the Word of God. In this post, I am going to explore what submitting everything to the Word of God looks like in the life of a church, specifically regarding church membership.   Church membership is one of thoseContinue reading “Submitted to the Word: Church Membership”