What is the church? (Acts 2:42-27)

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Acts 2:42-27

As a pastor, numerous people have told me that if they were to walk into our church building, the roof would cave in. I jokingly reply, “It has not caved in on me yet.” Continue reading

What did Jesus do? (Romans 1:1-6)

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Romans 1:1-6

“If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects [Heb 2:17] that he might learn to feel our pain [cf. Heb 5:2]. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross [Gal 3:13]; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent to hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgement, in the power given to him to judge.” These are the words of the sixteenth century reformer John Calvin. Continue reading

Why is the world a mess? (Genesis 3:1-7)

 

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Genesis 3:1-7

The Bible begins with the affirmation that both creation and humanity were created “very good” (Genesis 1:31). In last week’s article we discussed what it meant for humanity to be created good in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27).

If God created humanity and creation good, what happened? Why all this strife, conflict, division, and suffering? Continue reading

Are humans good? (Genesis 1:26-27)

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Genesis 1:26-27

Are human beings generally good or generally evil? How we answer that question affects how we view ourselves, view others, rear our children, and even how governments are formed? Continue reading

Why is the Bible Soo Important? (2 Peter 1:19-21)

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2 Peter 1:19-21

Christians are people of the Book. Why is the Bible so important, if God makes himself known to us in many ways? Continue reading

Who Created the Heavens and the Earth? (Genesis 1:1)

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Genesis 1:1

The Bible begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).” It is difficult to imagine nothing: no white room, no bright light, just nothing. Whether over seven literal days or through some instantaneous initiatory event, like a big bang, the Bible affirms that God spoke all creation into existence. Every star in the sky, celestial satellite, atom, molecule, tree leaf, and toenail resulted from God’s creative act. Continue reading

God Exists as Trinity (2 Corinthians 13:14)

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2 Corinthians 13:14

The belief that God exists as Trinity distinguishes Christianity from other religions.

You might be surprised that the word Trinity appears nowhere in the Bible. The concept of the Trinity, however, fills the pages of Scripture. Continue reading

What’s Prayer For? (Colossians 4:2-6)

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Colossians 4:2-6

The Apostle Paul exhorted the Colossian Christians, “Devote yourselves to prayer… (Colossians 4:2).” Many Christians lament that their prayer life is not all it could be. Perhaps prayer is not as regular as it ought to be, because people do not understand it. They prayed for something, and nothing seemed to happen. So, they pray less. Continue reading

Husbands and Wives, Part II (Colossians 3:18-4:1)

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Colossians 3:18-4:1

Last week’s blog addressed Paul’s exhortation to wives. This week’s addresses Paul’s exhortation to husbands, “Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them (Colossians 3:19).” Continue reading

Husband and Wives, Part I (Colossians 3:18-4:1)

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Colossians 3:18-4:1

“Wives, submit to your husbands (Colossians 3:18),” is likely one of the most misunderstood and abused passages in the Bible. It might be tempting to write it off completely as culturally irrelevant for American families today. However, that would say more about our tendency to submit Scripture to our tendencies, rather than submitting ourselves to God’s revealed Word. This exhortation has roots in the overarching Biblical account of God’s reconciling work in the world. Continue reading