I just picked up Christopher Bryan’s little book And God Spoke: The Authority of the Bible for the Church Today (Cowley, 2002), and in it he offers this excellent nugget of wisdom that I think many in the church need… Read More ›
The Apocrypha in a Nutshell
Recently I’ve been working my way through the Apocrypha. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are a collection of Jewish writings composed during the time between the Old and New Testaments (400 BC to the first century AD). The… Read More ›
The Bible’s Purpose, According to the Bible
Does the Bible come with a thesis statement? Turns out it has several. Here’s what we can learn from examining them all.
What Was the Bible Designed to Do?
We are exploring two related questions: what is the Bible, and what is it for? In my previous post (which you’ll want to read before continuing, if you missed it), I suggested that two common answers fall short of the… Read More ›
What IS the Bible? How We Answer Affects Everything
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of teaching a session at our church on the purpose and authority of Scripture. It is amazing to me to see the myriad ways in which people approach the questions of “What is… Read More ›
Reading the Book of Revelation Without Missing the Point
How do we make sense of such a strange and symbolic text like Revelation? We need to unlearn some faulty approaches and get back to focusing on the book’s main point.
Pursuing Purity in the Mind
The pursuit of purity must begin in the mind/heart. It’s not enough to stay away from bad physical habits (although that’s also part of the equation here). We must pray for God to renew our minds so that we can practice purity in our thought lives.
When Does Life Begin, According to Scripture?
The abortion debate is a very hot-button topic, with a whole host of sub-issues that would need to be addressed if one wanted to articulate a comprehensive Christian perspective on it. And it is not my intention to do so… Read More ›
Original Goodness (Genesis 1)
The way the biblical story begins affects everything about how we view the world around us. Take a look with me at God’s original intention for our reality.
God’s Words to Those Who Are Stressed and Anxious
When I talk to other Christians about what they need prayer for, the most common item on the list is stress. Worry and hurry seem to have become the primary ingredients in the modern lifestyle, and no matter what the… Read More ›