Everyone has failed in life. Everyone has failed God. It is true that some people have failed more than others, no person alive has perfectly lived up to God’s standard of righteousness. In some ways it is encouraging to think about people who have blown it worse than we have. The wrong kind of encouragement […]

If prayer is us talking with God, there is a real sense in which the Bible is God talking with us. The Bible reveals God and his ways to us. When we pray in response to the Bible it is the best kind of conversation. One of the most famous stories of Jesus is about […]

It is right to marvel in God as an awesome source of hope. God has all power. He can switch your entire world around overnight. Some well-meaning people will offer you comfort, but they really can’t do anything to stop your pain. That is never the case with God––he can change things. God also knows […]

Once C.S. Lewis created a fable to attempt to communicate how the words and pictures in the Bible about heaven might relate to how wonderful it will truly be (The Weight of Glory, New York: Touchstone, 1980, p. 85). He had his readers imagine a woman in a dungeon that had just a little patch […]

Recently Vermont Senator and former presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders, showed a remarkable ignorance of both the United States Constitution and the basic beliefs of Christianity. In a confirmation hearing of Russell Vought for the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Senator Sanders offered challenging questions not about Vought’s math skills, […]

Recently, a person commented that they didn’t want to visit a church because it was “too Calvinistic.” Smiling, I wondered at all that must be behind such a remark. What does it mean for a church to be “too Calvinistic?” How would that person define these terms? There might be a church that would be […]

  Calvinism is on the rise. That label that once was considered bad in almost all Christian circles is actually experiencing some popularity. Surging numbers of Christians are attending Calvinistic conferences, listening to Reformed preachers online, and reading their books. Calvinism is still grossly misunderstood, and has had to overcome so much negatively biased press. […]

Businesses spend great amounts of money to hire efficiency experts to suggest ways the business can improve. Coaches constantly look for ways to correct athletes and make them better. Artists will benefit from critics and teachers to see ways to perfect their work. Each of these examples involves people or companies benefiting greatly from the […]

How can two churches that claim to have the exact same purposes look so different? Reaching out with the gospel to unbelievers is the cry of most evangelical churches, and yet the way they seek to carry this out is vastly different. Most churches say they want to try to build up Christians in the faith. What […]

I have been blessed to have a good Christian education. I graduated from a Christian college and spent seven years studying at three different seminaries. I know the Bible pretty well. But the main reason I know the Bible as well as I do is not because of the college or the seminaries. I know […]