Monday, November 7, 2016

24 Election Day Meditations


I'm thankful to be an American; I'm more thankful to be a sinner saved by grace, destined for an imperishable inheritance because of the goodness of my God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We can easily get caught up in the emotion of the presidential election, but that should not be so. We should be found abiding in Christ, trusting in Him, resting in the mercies of the Lord. Here are a few thoughts that may settle the anxious heart on this week.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Four Affirmations of God's Word

The Bible makes some drastic claims in regard to its own authority. Scripture says that it is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16-17), written by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:19-21), worthy to be glorified (2 Thess 3:1), the focus of Christian study (Acts 15:35, 17:11, 18:11), and the basis for preaching (2 Tim 4:2). Scripture has been regarded as authoritative since the days of Moses as evidenced by the way David, Jesus, Paul, and others all used it in their ministries. There's no doubt that the Bible has been uniquely placed at the center of religious history and makes remarkable assertions.

Naturally, skeptics respond to the Word of God with questions about its presumed authority. These questions are good and healthy. It would be a shame if Christians always rejected intelligent questions that challenge a presumed position. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

First Things First: Bodily Resurrection

In this series, I'll be going through the first column of my doctrinal perspectives chart, defining each topic and defending its priority. Reference the chart for more information.

Doctrine: Bodily resurrection of Christ

Definition: After dying on the cross, Jesus was resurrected in His physical body never to die again


Why it's primary: The resurrection of Christ is clearly a paramount doctrine in Paul's philosophy of Christianity. He says, "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain...And if Christ has not been raised your faith is futile and you are still in your sins," (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17). A literal, physical resurrection is an essential part of the gospel.

Friday, September 9, 2016

First Things First: Substitutionary Atonement

In this series, I'll be going through the first column of my doctrinal perspectives chart, defining topics and defending their priority. Reference the chart for more information.

Doctrine: Substitutionary Atonement

Definition: Jesus, who is God, died on the cross in the place of man, who is utterly sinful, meeting the demands of God's justice and wrath because man could never do it himself.


Why it's primary: First, please note that I've written fuller thoughts on this subject in a book that's free to you. Subscribe to my website on the right side of your screen, and you'll receive a link in your e-mail.


All of history points to the cross. Events in the past pointed toward the coming of the Messiah and His death. Events in the present and in the future flow out of the once-for-all sacrifice that changed the world forever. When Jesus took on death, everything changed.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

First Things First: Unique nature of Christ

In this series, I'll be going through the first column of my doctrinal perspectives chart, defining each topic and defending its priority. Reference the chart for more information.

Doctrine: Unique nature of Christ


Definition: Jesus is the eternal God, coming to earth as 100% God and 100% man, being born of a virgin, possessing no sinful nature, and never committing any act of evil


Why it's primary: The identity and particular nature of Christ is of paramount importance in theological discussion and development. Because Jesus is the supreme focus of the Christian religion (and all of human history, for that matter), some aspects of His nature must be prerequisite convictions for any person to claim identification with Him and His people.