Early to Church, Late to Forgive

In Matthew 23, Jesus famously pronounces his “seven woes” to the Scribes and Pharisees. In this section of the New Testament, we can really grasp the seriousness and righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. I can picture it perfectly, Jesus in front of the crowds and his disciples, proclaiming a scathing review of the vain, … Continue reading Early to Church, Late to Forgive

Who Is Our Master?

The commonality of slavery in first-century Rome led many New Testament authors to employ references to slavery in order to illustrate spiritual truths. One such spiritual truth is that we are all slaves. White, Black, Christian, non-Christian, American, non-American—everyone is a slave to something. The Paul makes this point in Romans 6:16-19: Do you not know … Continue reading Who Is Our Master?

Spiritual Decay: The Threat of Apathy

Christ’s church is not a structure of brick and mortar, but a collection of sinners made holy by the blood of Jesus. Though the church for which Jesus died is guaranteed an eternal existence (cf. Dan 2:44; Matt 16:18; Eph 3:20-21; Heb 12:28), individual congregations can still succumb to spiritual decay, and eventually, spiritual death. The spiritual reality of … Continue reading Spiritual Decay: The Threat of Apathy