A Stone by the Sea: Understanding Sin and God’s Forgiveness

The earth was created on the very first day of time (Genesis 1:1). When it was created, its entire surface was covered by water (1:2). This water was divided, first by the creation of the sky on day two (1:6-8), then by the formation of land and seas on day three (1:9-10). Imagine that you … More A Stone by the Sea: Understanding Sin and God’s Forgiveness

Praying Before Meals: Sanctifying a God-Given Tradition

On more than one occasion while enjoying a meal with fellow Christians I’ve observed the following: a Christian shows up late, asks if the food has already been blessed, and, upon finding that it has been, proceeds to eat without a moment’s hesitation. In fact, sometimes when a guest has arrived late, I’ve seen a … More Praying Before Meals: Sanctifying a God-Given Tradition

Gloom, Doom, and the Empty Tomb: How the Resurrection of Jesus Should Affect Our Lives and Our Vision of the Future

Over 15 years ago I remember hearing a sermon that was entitled something along the lines of, “Can God Continue to Bless America?” The answer the speaker offered, after having outlined the many sins of the American people at large was, “No.” The suggestion given to the audience was to prepare for trials both from … More Gloom, Doom, and the Empty Tomb: How the Resurrection of Jesus Should Affect Our Lives and Our Vision of the Future

Preparing for November 4: How Christians Should Behave Regardless of the Outcome of the Elections

By and large, this year’s elections have been characterized by vicious vitriol, sensational sectarianism, and fierce fearmongering. Politicians and pundits of both sides herald sad tidings if the future is held by those across the aisle: the end of liberty; the end of democracy; the end of America. As a Christian, I have to accept … More Preparing for November 4: How Christians Should Behave Regardless of the Outcome of the Elections

Counting the Cost Ancient Christians Paid: Why Properly Evaluating Ancient Trials Is Incredibly Important for Those Facing Modern Ones

Teaching someone the Gospel should always involve an exercise I call “counting the cost.” Counting the cost is where you help someone to understand that, though the burden of Jesus is comparatively light to the weight of living without Him (Matthew 11:28-30), there is a burden to be borne and at times a high price … More Counting the Cost Ancient Christians Paid: Why Properly Evaluating Ancient Trials Is Incredibly Important for Those Facing Modern Ones

Engaging Extra-Biblical History: Eleven Suggestions for Becoming a Better Student of History So That You Can Become a Better Student of the Bible

When Luke put pen to parchment to tell the story of the first century church, he told a story of conversions, of people who were turning from the way of the world to the Way that is in Christ. If someone were to do the same (minus the parchment no doubt) for the twenty-first century … More Engaging Extra-Biblical History: Eleven Suggestions for Becoming a Better Student of History So That You Can Become a Better Student of the Bible

Navigating the Death of a “Notorious” Public Figure

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020. She was an incredibly polarizing public figure. Her followers branded her, “The Notorious RBG,” in praise; her opponents would have applied the word notorious to her in a more traditional sense. Since her passing, I’ve seen two very different and very vocal responses … More Navigating the Death of a “Notorious” Public Figure

The Choice Facing Christians After Minneapolis

Satan delights whenever man determines to disobey God, especially when that disobedience is directed towards Gods’ command for each man to love his neighbor as himself. I can only image Satan’s joy over the events of the past week. Satan was thrilled when a police officer chose to apply undue brutality without mercy and a … More The Choice Facing Christians After Minneapolis

To Assemble or Not? Some Thoughts for Christians as Churches Seek to Return to Normality After Covid-19

You can’t open up Facebook or turn on the evening news these days without seeing coronavirus-induced frustration. Depending on where you look though, you’ll typically see two kinds of frustration from two camps of people. These camps oppose each other and voice their frustrations out of a desire for opposite things. Some people are frustrated … More To Assemble or Not? Some Thoughts for Christians as Churches Seek to Return to Normality After Covid-19

Patriotism, Politics, and the Christian – One Man’s Journey to Finding Peace in the Political Process and Profound Gratitude for His God and His Country

Last year, my family and I were blessed to be able to visit my nation’s capital. I have to specify that second “my” – the fact that my wife is an Australian citizen is actually what brought us to Washington D.C. She needed to renew her passport, which unfortunately requires an in-person visit to the … More Patriotism, Politics, and the Christian – One Man’s Journey to Finding Peace in the Political Process and Profound Gratitude for His God and His Country