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Imagine two unchurched guests named Zach and Nikki drop in on Parker Hills one random Sunday morning. Mildly curious about the Bible, they’re attracted by the inscription on the church sign: “Bible based, Christ centered.” They conclude that an easy way to learn what the Bible says about Jesus would be to watch how people worship Him at PHBF.

Now at lunch, Zach and Nikki are processing...

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space and orbit the earth. The blow to the American psyche at losing this leg of the Space Race was deepened when reports began to circulate that, during his flight, Gagarin had commented: “I don’t see any God up here.”

Sometimes Christians are displeased by God’s apparent willingness to be ridiculed...

How do you know God exists? Part Three: GOODNESS

Atheists often attack Christianity because of all the evil and suffering in the world: “If there is a God, why is my life so hard?” It’s the so-called “problem of evil.” But there is an equal and opposite problem for atheism that we might call “the problem of good.” People everywhere have strong moral convictions...

How do you know God exists? Part Two: DESIGN

David’s meditation in Psalm 19 draws our attention to the finely tuned movements of the stars, particularly our own sun as it arcs across the sky: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. …In them he has set a tent for the sun,  which comes out like a bridegroom...

How do you know there is a God? Over the next three weeks, I’ll lay out three arguments in this column that are fairly easy to understand, easy to remember, and powerfully convincing: Origins, Design, and Goodness (= ODG or… GOD!). This week: ORIGINS.

For as long as Christians have engaged their critics, they have pointed to the existence of the universe as...

Some thoughts on what preaching is, how it operates, and what makes it good (or bad):

“It is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself; and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men into an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may...

“Pastoral work, in large part, deals with the difficulty everyone has in staying alert to the magnificence of salvation.” So says Eugene Peterson (Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work). I believe he’s right.

Do you really know what it means to be “saved”? Read on. Slowly.

It means your life is defined and shaped by an act of the living God, not by political, military,...

A couple weeks ago I ran a column taken mostly from C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity—a bit about the claims and identity of Jesus. Let’s pick it up again and finish the quote:

“We can all understand how a man forgives offenses against himself. You tread on my toes and I forgive you; you steal my money and I forgive you. But what should we make of a man, himself unrobbed and...

If Christians love God enough, trust the Bible enough, walk in the Spirit enough, and discipline themselves enough, should we assume they won’t need the chemical support of psychoactive drugs (i.e., medications for anxiety, depression, & other mental health issues)?

It’s a question we should approach with a high level of caution. For one thing, the Scriptures do not speak...

You really must read Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. I’m sure the public library has a copy. Or, if you’re in a real hurry, you can borrow mine today.

The chapter entitled “The Shocking Alternative” is his summary account of the history of the world in three acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption. Here’s an extended sample to whet your appetite:

“Then comes the real shock...

Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper every single Sunday? It’s a question that comes up in almost every membership class, and I’m always happy to answer it!

Historically, our church has roots in the Plymouth Brethren tradition, and one of the distinctives of the Brethren is a weekly observance of Communion. Our continuation of that practice is, in the first place, a humble...

Zechariah 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Five hundred years after Zechariah penned this prophecy of Israel’s coming king, Jesus deliberately and self-consciously...

As a kid, Easter to me meant candy. I knew Jesus died and rose; it just wasn’t something I really cared about. But candy? Now that was something I cared about deeply.

What about you? What does the resurrection mean to you? Perhaps more to the point, what should it mean to you? The biblical writers don’t assume the resurrection is self-interpreting. They give clear...

Who speaks with authority over your golf game? How about your exercise habits? Probably not the local golf club and health club, even if you are a member of one or the other. Those are groups you join voluntarily, for personal benefit, without any expectation of accountability. Even if you are a member of Empty Pockets Country Club, the other club members have no authority to tell you how you...

Who’s in charge here? If you are a member of Parker Hills, you are!

In last week’s column, I argued that the New Testament puts final earthly authority in the hands of the whole church. Ultimately, neither the elders nor a higher governing body is in charge; the members are. Although the elders have responsibility to lead and teach, the hand on the emergency brake belongs to the...

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