Why do we love Jesus? We do we serve Him?Why do we live for Him?Why would we die for Him? His holiness for our sin. It’s that simple.
This morning I woke early and retreated to the living room to have my devotions. Readings in the Psalms and the Gospel of Mark and then in a devotional that my wife gave me some years ago that I return to often. There, as morning began to rise, I find these words as a part … More The Opportunity of Temptation
Paul was a missionary, an apostle, a sent-one to the Gentiles. His call from God was to go the Gentile world, the non-Jewish world, and announce the gospel. And if you are not Jewish and yet believe in the Messiah of Israel, you are part of Paul’s legacy. Why was Paul sent to the Gentile … More Are You a Gentile?
Sunday Afternoon Musings Zacharias, an aging and godly priest, a teacher of the law who had kept the commandments and walked in the statutes of God all his life. He is coming to the end of his active priesthood. He and Elizabeth have prayed for a child for years, but are now beyond childbearing years, and have … More Eight Days After a Nine Month Wait
Weekend Links I was out of the reach of the Internet and even good cell phone connection for five days making my posts pretty sparse. West Virginia may be “almost heaven” but its mountains are pretty formidable for almost all technology. But it was good to see Steph’s mom and to spend some time with … More Understanding Atonement; Christianity’s Crisis in Parenting; Dealing with Gossip; and much more.
Weekend Musings “The church can preach salvation and nurture the saved, but it cannot save. The church can preach, exhort, rebuke, and admonish against sin, it can proclaim the forgiveness of sin and it can give theological definition to sin, but the church cannot atone for sin.” —R.C. Sproul Who is Jesus? (Crucial Questions Series) … More What the Church Can and Can’t Do
Weekend Links Busy packing day so this will be quick. Some good links below. Remember, a link is not an endorsement, just a stimulating or helpful perspective. Thinking Better about New Testament Studies Evaluating “Empire” in Current New Testament Studies (Reading the NT as rhetoric against Roman Empire has become a popular concept in ana-baptist … More Evaluating “empire”; Doctrine; The Origins Debate; Purity Rings and Wisdom; Jim Wallis Jumps the Shark;
Wednesday is for Prayer I’m beginning my own preparation for Lent and Easter today, two weeks before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 13. I want my heart to be broken again by the magnitude of my sin and need for a Savior, so that the wonders of Passion Week and the glories … More Prayer Preparation for Easter
Friday is for Heart Songs (Cf. Matthew 27:45-46, Mk. 15:33-34; Psalm 22) “My God, My God, Why Have Your Forsaken Me?” It was the ninth hour of the day, 3:00 PM by our reckoning. Hanging in silent agony for some time, He opens His mouth and reveals what His heart has been meditating upon through … More Forsaken By God: What Can We Learn?