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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...

 

How do you do something you’ve never done before or don’t know how to do well?

One great answer is to find a mentor to disciple you, and you should seek out opportunities to disciple and be discipled.  One way that you can be discipled is by reading the work of thoughtful Christians who share their insights from successes, failures, and...

Years ago I visited what seemed to be a good church.  Knowing there were cultural differences I was very intent on finding out if there were differences in belief as well.  I listened keenly to the prayer, the teaching, and conversation.  I could have listened with casual acceptance or with self-righteous skepticism, but by comparing what I heard to what...

I’m making reading recommendations in this column, and that comes in several forms

 

Why read?  To grow.

It seems that growth should be normal but “Biblically speaking, drift is always away” – Mike Bullmore.  We have to choose to grow.  Books are an opportunity to deliberately benefit from a...

 

Empty nets lying by the water’s edge tell the rest of the story of when the Lord called Peter. What does it mean to follow Jesus? It means reckless abandon, relinquishing everything you once called yours. Jesus’ promise to make Peter a “fisher of men” encodes the basic purpose of Christianity—to help people.

For Peter, it all began...

Almost a year passed between the time Jesus met Simon Peter (Jn 1:42) and the time He called Peter to be His disciple (Lk 5:1-11). Jesus comes along the shore of Galilee teaching, followed by crowds of people. He asks to use Simon’s boat as a platform for His sermon, and they push out from the shore. While Jesus continues preaching, Simon leans back against the side of the ship, weary from the...

In one of my favorite scenes from the life of Christ, Jesus meets Peter and says: “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter) (Jn 1:42). Don’t overlook the tense of the verbs: “You are Simon. You shall be Cephas.”

Three names: Simon, Cephas, and Peter. “Simon” was one of the most common names...

Last week’s column highlighted the wonderful doctrine of redemption—the marketplace transaction whereby Jesus Christ purchased our freedom from sin with the tiny red coins from His own veins. It’s a great story, and its applications to our lives are many.

First, it reassures us that our sin will never jeopardize our relationship with God. The fear of discovery and the resultant dread of...

 “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave / O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” You’ll probably hear the familiar, stirring words of America’s national anthem often this weekend, and rightly so. It’s an appropriate tribute to a great nation, and it reminds us of inspiring themes: resolve, sacrifice, bravery, and above all, freedom. It’s what Independence Day is all...

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