The Christian faith is chiefly concerned with the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Such a sentence seems too plain to have to utter. However, Jude found it necessary to remind the saints for all time “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3) The … More Christ or Nothing
There are more often than not mixed feelings when we hear about Christ as Lord, then if we had mentioned Christ as Savior. Even nowadays, the mention of Christ as Savior has grown in offense because of its necessary implication that individuals need to be saved from something or someone (which they do). But the … More You Are Not God
I always love this time of year because my strawberries are ripe for the harvesting. That may be an understatement, because we are swimming in strawberries. I love my garden and seeing it bloom, and bring forth delightful treats for my family. Although my wife and I are now enjoying the fruit of our labors … More Rain or Shine
Faith lies at the heart of the Christian message. But what is it? Does it have any content? How should we express it? I have found in my limited experience that discussions concerning faith can lead to very interesting places depending upon whom you are speaking. For Christians, faith is an essential component. A faithless … More Sola Fidei
As a pastor, I am regularly asked about the Bible. Questions can range from “Where in the Bible does it talk about church membership?” or “What does the Bible have to say about the end of the world?” There are many great questions, and the Bible is ready to answer them. Though there are many … More Ancient Solutions Required
There are many things in our world that have penalties. At the present I am suffering the penalty for loving more chocolate than I ought. We find penalties for poor diets. We find penalties for failing to recognize the limits of our bodies, perhaps after too much lawn work. Maybe we’ve learned about penalties because … More Sin is Always Costly
From the autumn of 1618 to late spring in 1619, an assembly of godly pastor-theologians met in a city of the Netherlands called Dordrecht (or Dort for short). This synod, or assembly, was truly international having eight countries present and involving nearly 100 delegates. They assembled to settle a dispute about the nature of salvation, … More Spiritually Dead
One of the central teachings of the Christian faith is that God is holy. We are reminded in Isaiah 6:3 that God is not merely holy but is “Holy, holy, holy.” The holiness of God is a demonstration of His transcendence and purity. We are drawn to consider in the holiness of God that He … More What Does God Require?
When we consider the God of the Bible what words come to your mind? I’m always amazed at the various ways people use to describe God. They often use words like “big” or “powerful” if they are sympathetic with the God of the Bible. However, I’ve also heard those who’ve been less than sympathetic with … More Who Are You, God?
There is no mystery as grand as that of the Holy Trinity. It is indeed a holy mystery. What does that mean though? In our world, mysteries are that which can be understood given sufficient time and thought. Mysteries in our world need patience and diligence but can eventually be found out and unveiled by … More No Trinity, No Christianity