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The trimmings of the season were all around me during my Bible reading this morning: the Christmas tree next to my chair, the glow from the seasonal lights reflecting off the pages of my Bible, mellow carols quietly playing in the next room. It seemed a strange setting in which to read the passion narrative, but since that’s where my Bible reading plan has me this time of year, that’s what I...

It all happened in a moment.

It was dark. The sheep had bedded down. The shepherds were kicked back on the hillside, captivated by the lights from the little town below. And then, WHAM! The darkness exploded. The angel appeared. And the shepherds were scared out of their minds.

Christmas carols make it seem all warm and wonderful, but the Bible says they were terrified! It’s no...

In a word, Christmas is about humility.

Consider again the circumstances of Jesus’ birth: the scandalous pregnancy, the low-income family, the stable, the manger, the shepherds. These details seem warm and wonderful to us now, all dressed up in the hues and hominess of Christmas. But think for a moment about the raw reality of these circumstances. How have your family and friends handled...

The word “advent” simply means “coming.” When used in a Christian setting like ours, it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ in the world.

For the people of God, however, Advent usually has much more to do with waiting than arriving. The four outer candles on the candelabra represent the four centuries of waiting between the end of the Old Testament and the Messiah’s birth. In our own...

Can you imagine a church where the Christ we share is more important than the politics we don’t? I suspect it might look something like this…

We’d welcome both Democrats and Republicans into membership based on our common profession of faith in Christ rather than our common loyalty to a political platform.

We’d refuse to define our church with opposition to either political party,...

Why should our church be involved in ministries of mercy like Operation Christmas Child, the Thanksgiving meal outreach, or CrossPurpose through Providence Bible Church of Denver? Five reasons:

First, benevolence to the poor is good for the soul. Generous giving, Paul says, “benefits you” (2 Cor 8:10). Jesus Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). ...

Every sermon gets better when the preacher must leave good material on the cutting room floor. In the final stages of editing my notes on Isaiah 40 last week, I slashed a whole section that I still really want you to think about! So here it is…

You may recall the scene from Isaiah 40:9 where a herald of good news is sent up on a high mountain with a message of comfort for all God’s...

One of my seminary professors used to call baptism “Jesus’ altar call.” In other words, baptism is Jesus’ ordained response to the gospel. Are you a Christian? According to Jesus, you should show it by being baptized. If you claim to be a Christian and you’ve not been baptized, you need to ask yourself why. Perhaps one of the reasons is that you don’t really understand what...

I’m a citizen of a different kingdom (Phil 3:20), and so my interest in American politics is only as an outsider. I’m just here as an ambassador, proclaiming a message for the King of all kings (2 Cor 5:20). I’m also a soldier, advancing the interests of my homeland and being careful not to get too caught up in civilian affairs (2 Tim 2:3-4). No matter what, I always try to keep the words of...

How do Christians know for certain that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God? Because the Bible says so.

But wait… isn’t that a circular argument?

It’s true that you aren’t supposed to appeal to your premise to prove your conclusion. But when you’re trying to establish the source of ultimate authority, the laws of logic have to yield slightly to the limitations...

 

Arguing with atheists is embarrassing. And I don’t mean it’s embarrassing for Christians. It’s embarrassing, not because the arguments for atheism are so strong, but because the arguments would be impossible to make if atheism were actually true. Only the existence of God makes it possible even to mount an argument for atheism.

To put it another...

 

Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul assured his young friend Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out [i.e., inspired] by God,” and Christians ever since have held to the doctrine of the “inspiration of Scripture.”

It’s important to note that when Christians talk about inspiration, they are referring to the product (i.e., the Scriptures) and not the people (i.e., the...

Let’s just admit it. This thing we do every Sunday is strange. Not the gathering or the singing or the saying hi to each other things. It’s the listening to preaching thing. Concentrating attentively for 40 minutes while one person lectures us excitedly about things we can’t see and people we’ve not met from a book over 2000 years old—doesn’t that seem strange to you?

It would be, if not...

George Whitefield, the great revivalist preacher of the 1700s, wants you in a Care Group.

He exhorted his converts: “My brethren, let us plainly and freely tell one another what God has done for our souls. To this end you would do well, as others have done, to form yourselves into little companies of four or five each and meet once a week to tell each other what is in your hearts; that...

One of the idols of our age is that we are both the source and the measure of right.  Thus, we look inside ourselves for the most reliable answers and strive to be true to our truest self.  That begs the question of whether we can ever be wrong, or how to change if we are.  It leaves us sadly incapable of learning and improvement.  Interestingly the self-as-measure approach...

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