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
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
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
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?