Tuesday, December 27, 2016

23 Realistic Goals for 2017

There are so many things that you need to get done in 2017. Life is full. But what will you do to strengthen your relationship with God, His word, and His people? Here are some suggestions.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

2016: A Christian Music Review

This is my third year of compiling an end-of-year Christian music recap. Check out my 2014 review and 2015 review.

I enjoy biblical music. There's a scale I made that shows the difference between music that's entertaining and music that's edifying. You can see that here.

My favorite style of music is indie/alternative. So there's my bias.

Unfortunately, this list could never be comprehensive. I try my best to feature a smattering of serious Christian songwriters, ranging from popular to lesser-known.

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.