He Had to Die

The ancient philosopher Aristotle once wrote, “By nature, all men long to know.” There is an inherent curiosity hardwired into our human nature. We want to know more. Our pursuits are boundless and are often ignited by that three-letter word “why”. Our instinctual curiosity does not dissipate when we come across the Bible. There are … More He Had to Die

Christ or Nothing

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

You Are Not God

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

Rain or Shine

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

Sola Fidei

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

Sin is Always Costly

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

Paradise Reclaimed

In the book of Genesis, we read about the first instance of evil committed by humanity. Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden and they bought into the lie of the serpent which was that God never had their best interests in mind. The lie told was that they could elevate themselves to … More Paradise Reclaimed

Relational Dissonance

Any genuine consideration of the text of the Bible inevitably has to consider the notion of sin. Depending on your translation the word “sin” occurs over 750 times. But we cannot mistake an awareness of a word with its comprehension. There are various words and terms in our own world that we encounter regularly and … More Relational Dissonance

Spiritually Dead

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