What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. (Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 2) The Scriptures of… Continue reading What Rule Hath God Given?
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever. (The Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 1). To Glorify God For from him and through him and to him are all things. - Romans 11:36 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living… Continue reading What is the Chief End of Man?
Contingency: occurring or existing only if certain circumstances are the case. Similar terms: dependent, conditional, subject to, controlled by, hanging on. The Independent, unchanging, unconditional One The Bible opens with, “in the beginning, God created..”. Throughout scripture we see the implications of this statement, that God alone created everything that is created. Nothing exists outside of… Continue reading Christians Must Understand Contingency
I've long wondered how to rightly think of the imprecatory psalms. This term imprecatory, in case you're unfamiliar, is a late middle English word that means to speak evil towards someone. And a Psalm is a sacred song or prayer. So then, imprecatory psalms are sacred songs or prayers speaking evil (or harm) towards someone. What the… Continue reading Learn to Love Imprecatory Psalms
You've heard it before, "I just never thought it would happen to me". We say this when we win the lottery, and when we're struck with tragedy. "Time flies. You'll regret that when you're older. Kids grow up so fast. No church is perfect. People will let you down." All true. And yet, somehow, we… Continue reading When They Leave You, God is There
Doctrinal Lines and Gospel Essentials As more time goes by in my Christian life, the more convinced I have become of certain doctrinal truths. I'm fully convinced I will never change my view on some of these truths, as I believe they are clearly displayed in the full biblical message. Some people disagree with me… Continue reading Doctrinal Disagreement
My aim today was to write on the infinite damage done to our mind, body and soul when we engage in sexual promiscuity, one form of which is pornography. I wanted to write about the insane foolishness of trading perfection (God) for pixels (pornography). I hoped to illustrate how widespread this drug of choice has… Continue reading Preferring Pixels Over Perfection
Mere excess in food is much less valuable than delicacy. Its chief use is as a kind of artillery preparation for attacks on chastity. On that, as on every other subject, keep your man in a condition of false spirituality. Never let him notice the medical aspect. Keep him wondering what pride or lack of… Continue reading Screwtape and Spirituality
Very few people are interested in reading an article with only three pieces of new information. There's just not enough novelty. But if you propose five you're likely going to turn away potential readers because of commitment anxiety. So here I am, offering four of my observations while reading Ephesians 4 this past week! :)… Continue reading Four Observations From Ephesians 4
Disclaimer: I really dislike any claim to bring something "fresh" to the christian life. So much so that just hearing the word in christian context causes me to cringe a bit. I have my reasons! Anyways, today I want to quickly explain the what I call the RARE method. This name for this methodology came to… Continue reading My Personal Method for Reading the Bible Well.
Offensive - adjective causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry. Glorious - adjective having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration. It may strike you as odd that I say both of these descriptors are accurate of the gospel of Jesus. In light of my ever growing desire to write… Continue reading The Offensive and Glorious Gospel.
Welcome to familiar territory. I would be shocked to hear of a single saint in the past few thousand years that did not feel this way at one time or another. Don't worry, it's not your fault. That's something you might expect me to say, but I can't, because it is a lie. It is… Continue reading You Don’t Want To Read The Bible, Now What?
"There is no mistake more terrible than to suppose that activity in Christian work can take the place of depth of Christian affections." There are a great many people that often fall into a trap of believing the purpose of the Christian life is to please God by doing much. At times I am one… Continue reading Why Are You Busy, Christian?
Jesus wept. Within this tiny text is one of the greatest revelations of God’s character in all of scriptures. At face value this text is simple enough to be held and enjoyed by the lowest class of society and yet in God’s wisdom it seems to be forever beyond the reach of some intellectual elites.… Continue reading Omnipotence and Tears, God Revealed in Mourning.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. These are the words of Jesus to an early church. He continues on to say, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with… Continue reading Reproved and Disciplined, Be Zealous and Repent.