Ephesians 1:1-14 – The Army You Are Joining

When the British, Canadian, and American soldiers invaded Normandy on D-day, they knew what army they belonged to. Although some, if not most, had been conscripted for duty, it is undeniable that most of the soldiers involved in that day were there of their own volition. They wanted to be there.

Why are God’s commands good?

Whether the commands are good unto themselves or good because of theistic declaration seems to be a “chicken and egg” argument, but it is not. Copan addresses the question by first stating that “objective moral values are an inescapable, properly basic bedrock.”

What is Truth?

Pilate ends the discussion with the famous question from John 18:38 – “Veritas, quid verum?” Pilate then, literally, walked away from the Truth.

Kingdom of God Part 4: Approaching the Throne

Now that we have established these facts about the Kingdom, we need to talk about something important. That is approaching the King (God) in the Kingdom of God. For this, we need to start in Genesis 1 and 2. For a lot of my writing, I tend to go back to Genesis 1 and 2 to establish a baseline. This is humanity’s intended purpose and place in God’s Kingdom. It is who we are meant to be.

The Kingdom of God – Part 3 The Kingdom of God and the gospel

Let me ask you a question. What do you understand the gospel to be? Some might answer like this: "Accept Jesus as your Savior, and when you die, you will go to Heaven." Or "Put your faith in Jesus, and your sins will be forgiven." Or "Follow Jesus, and you will find meaning and purpose for your life." All of these answers are right – but they are only partially correct. These statements are parts of the gospel, but they are not the entirety of the gospel.

The Kingdom of God part 2 – How to Live in the Kingdom

In the first installment, I discussed what the Kingdom of God (KoG) is. The KoG is something we look forward to in full in the future. It is also something we live in now in the present. We wait for the fulfillment, but we live in the present Kingdom through the power of the Holy Spirit. The question then becomes, how do we live in the KoG.

Failure – The Beginning of Restoration

Tonight, we are going to look at a passage of scripture that, to be frank, is difficult. For those of you who come from a Roman Catholic background, you will know about the Stations of the Cross and you will recognize this scripture as one of those stations. While most of the stations reflect on the actions of Jesus, this station, the fourth station, reflects upon the actions of Peter and his denial of Jesus.

Book Review: The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends

The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends by Michael Pocock, Gailyn Van Rheenen, and Douglas McConnell reviews many of the issues and trends facing Christians today. Whether working in vocational ministry / missions or working as a layperson in their own personal ministry, these trends and issues are relevant to how …

Lost and Found Psalm 119:9-16

Today I want to speak to you about being lost and being found. Who among us has been out there, on the road, and completely baffled as to where we are? Maybe heading up to the Dragon in Tennessee you took a wrong turn and ended up who knows where? Well, today I can’t be your road GPS, but I want to speak on how God’s revelation to us is our spiritual GPS.

Cur Deus Homo: Anselm of Canterbury and an Apologetic for the Incarnation

Distinct in the Christian faith form all other worldviews is the doctrine of the Incarnation. Other religions and worldviews may include elements of a god walking among humanity (a virgin birth, or even a human becoming a god). However, no other faith claims that the Creator of the universe, out of love for His human creations, was born both human and God for the express purpose of suffering and dying to redeem His beloved.

Big Bang, Origin of the Cosmos, and the Voice of God

When we think of astronomical science today, it is mind-blowing how far this observation has advanced. No longer are we tied to this planet, but humanity can now observe space from space. The technologies that have been developed have allowed observers to see even greater movement in the entirety of space.