The Width and Depth of Scripture

Recently, I was humbled by the story of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. I was humbled for the following reason:  I've read the Bible through, cover to cover, many times.  In various translations.  Additionally, I've "camped out" in particular books and/or passages for months at a time.  Finally, I've carefully studied … Continue reading The Width and Depth of Scripture

Bewitched

**Immediately below this blog is a message I preached not too long ago to help people understand that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Stop trying to work your way to heaven. It’s called “legalism.” It’s bondage. And it will suck the life out of you. It’s the day-after-day “checking … Continue reading Bewitched

Don’t Read the Bible Through in One Year

I stumbled across this blog by professor, author, and defender of the Christian faith, Sean McDowell, and thought it was brilliant.  Why?  Because Sean offers encouragement to those who, desperately trying to read the Bible through in a year, grow discouraged and quit when they fall behind in the designated schedule. From the article: Why … Continue reading Don’t Read the Bible Through in One Year

Christian Theology: What is it, exactly?

What is Christian theology? "Theology" simply means "the study of God." While some are vocational theologians, all Christians are theologians.  Paul's instructions to Timothy (and us) were a command, not a suggestion: Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a worker who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and … Continue reading Christian Theology: What is it, exactly?

What Price Are You Willing to Pay for Biblical Truth?

A Nugget of Truth from this past week's time of Learning:  John 8-9 What price are you willing to pay to stand up for biblical truth? Take the two most combustible issues of the day:  sexuality & the rights of the unborn. Are you willing to pay the price for biblical truth?  It will cost … Continue reading What Price Are You Willing to Pay for Biblical Truth?

Another Gospel: A Response to Progressive Christianity

I rarely consume a book as quickly as I did this one.  Most often, I am reading three or four books at once.  But, this one - perhaps because of the current state of North American church culture - was difficult to put down.  My copy (as with any book I read) is now annotated … Continue reading Another Gospel: A Response to Progressive Christianity

Why Are There So Many English Bible Translations?

"Why are there so many English Bible translations?" I get asked that from time to time.  The answer? So we can read the Bible. (The truth is, since the autographs (originals) of the Bible do not exist, every single Bible that’s ever been printed is, by definition, a translation.) But, it may be surprising that … Continue reading Why Are There So Many English Bible Translations?

What Is the Definition of Christianity?

"What's the definition of Christianity?" Have you ever been asked that question?  If not, how would you answer it?  How about beginning with letting God answer the question: For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was … Continue reading What Is the Definition of Christianity?