How Many Times Was Jesus Anointed? A Comparison of the Four Gospels
Posted on April 21, 2022 3 Comments
Recently I preached a sermon from Mark 14:3-11 which records an account of Jesus being anointed with expensive perfume by an anonymous woman a few days before his crucifixion. You can view that sermon below if you’d like: In my study for this message, I came across a bit of a dilemma. The four gospels […]
Does God Always Side With the Marginalized?
Posted on April 7, 2022 1 Comment
With the incredible popularity of social justice talk in our culture, those within the Christian Church have had to try and sift through the ideas being pushed by the culture and determine which are supported by Scripture and which contradict it. I have written about this a lot already, but today I want to hone-in […]
Responding to Government Tyranny
Posted on October 24, 2021 Leave a Comment
In the previous two posts (see here and here), we have established a framework from Scripture for how we should view the government. To recap quickly: Human authority is not bad in and of itself God has ultimate authority He has delegated some authority to human governments Human governments serve God and people by enforcing […]
Where Do You Draw the Line?
Posted on May 4, 2021 Leave a Comment
People think in terms of categories. We can’t help it; it’s part of human nature. Categories help us to organize the world in a way that makes sense and allows us to (hopefully) make useful decisions within that framework. Because our minds tend to work this way, we categorize not only things or events but […]
What is Critical Race Theory?
Posted on December 16, 2020 3 Comments
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has hit mainstream awareness ever since President Trump issued an executive order against teaching CRT through government-funded means. Until that point, CRT was mainly known only to those who have taken college and university courses in social studies. (Side note: I guarantee one of the first actions Joe Biden will likely […]
When Should Christians Engage in Civil Disobedience?
Posted on May 4, 2020 1 Comment
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly raised some interesting questions for churches and Christians. Not only are there obstacles to the mere survival of some churches (via financial loss or difficulty in maintaining an online presence), many congregations have struggled with how to obey Scripture’s command to gather together as believers in the midst of a […]
Did the Story of Jonah Really Happen?
Posted on October 4, 2017 2 Comments
Everyone knows the story. Well, actually most people don’t know the whole story, but everyone knows the most memorable part of the story: Jonah being swallowed up by the whale, only to be spewed out on dry land three days later. Here’s the very brief account as recorded in the Bible: And the LORD appointed […]
What’s With All Those Weird Old Testament Laws?
Posted on August 28, 2017 1 Comment
Reading the Old Testament is kind of like eating a box of assorted chocolates—there are parts that seem all sweet and wonderful, but the next thing you know you are hit with something that makes your face turn sour. Few things in the Bible can create this reaction quite like the Old Testament laws. Sooner […]
How Can a God of Love Also Be a God of Wrath?
Posted on July 9, 2017 3 Comments
Everybody loves to talk about God’s love. The love of God is a concept we can receive quite easily…after all, what’s not to love about us? (Read sarcastically.) We are fond of the idea of a God who is fond of us, a God who’s love and patience and compassion knows no limits. We all […]
Should Christians Date Non-Christians?
Posted on May 11, 2017 1 Comment
Few things in life can bring more joy—and, conversely, more pain—than a romantic relationship. Since it is such a central and important aspect of our lives, we ought to consider how God has designed for relationships to work best. They were, after all, his idea. Wouldn’t he know what is good for us? If you […]