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
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?
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
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t cry over animals often. But, every now and then something comes along and creates an exception to this rule. Such is exactly what happened when I heard about Nigel the bird. Nigel isn’t just any old bird. He’s known as the world’s loneliest bird. According to a Washington Post … Continue reading A Lesson on Love From a Bird
Do you find yourself getting bored during Wednesday night Bible study or even in Sunday Bible class? For some, this is a serious problem. Maybe the class is going over something you already know, or perhaps the class material seems “dry.” The first thing we need to look into is why we feel bored. This … Continue reading But Bible Study Is Boring
Who is the main character of the Bible? God. It's his book, his revelation, his communication, describing his actions with his people. I should be obvious then that God shows up in the Bible a lot. It's how he has chosen to reveal himself most consistently throughout time, and even many of his non-literary revelations … Continue reading My Favorite Descriptions of God
By and large, we live in a merit-based society. While there are some exceptions to this general rule, most of the time success requires merit. The largest college scholarships are given to those who have the best grades and test scores. Usually, employees are hired to work based on the merits of their resumé or … Continue reading God Can Use You Too