One who oppresses [ōshēq] the helpless reviles the One who made [ōsēh] him; But one who is gracious to the poor is one who honors Him (Proverbs 14:31). This is a particularly beautiful proverb. The disparity between “one who oppresses the helpless” and “the One who made him” … Continue reading Where, Oh Where Has Social Justice Gone?
In The God Delusion Richard Dawkins says, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” But is this true? Is God who … Continue reading What should we think of God’s command to destroy an entire nation?
If you think about it, the world is full of untrue, unsound, unbiblical theology. It is important we know where it comes from, so we can better understand it, speak against it, and protect ourselves and others from it. What is Theology? Just so we are on the same page, Theology simply means the study of … Continue reading From Where Does Bad Theology Come?
Every now and again, as a Pastor, I get asked, Why should I join a local church? I mean, I'm a Christian, which means I'm a part of the universal church. I attend church semi-regularly. Why do I have to join a local church? For the most part, that's an honest question. And an honest … Continue reading Why should you join a local church?
If we are going to live in a certain way as the church, then we need to know what the church is. So: What is the church? One popular belief is that the church is a building. Even though that belief is false, the building in which you attend church is not the house of … Continue reading What is the Church?
Editor's Note: This series is designed to provide answers as to why we should pursue serious study of the Bible and to dispel the false notion that serious study cannot lead to personal, spiritual transformation. Each fall it is my happy privilege to teach Biblical interpretation at our church. And each fall the point that … Continue reading Why Study The Bible? Part 1
Sunday, November 5th another gunman ascribed to himself the authority to take human life. And now an unsuspecting, rural church is left with unspeakable wounds which they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, as literally half of the congregation was killed and most of the rest injured in some way. Monday, … Continue reading A Pastoral Response To The Sutherland Springs Tragedy
Real, true, honest-to-goodness apologies are hard to come by. We know this because we've experienced times where a real apology would've been so life-giving to us after being wounded by someone we love and respect. And, unfortunately, we know this because there have likely been times when we were the ones who needed to give … Continue reading 3 Words To Avoid In Your Apology
This is part 3 of my 3 part series on why we worship. In the first part I covered how we were created to worship. In part 2 I discussed how we were commanded to worship. Finally, we come to Christ, who without him we cannot worship. As we started in John 1, … Continue reading Christ is Our Worship
Solomon, one of the wisest kings ever to live, at the end of his life wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. He wrote not only to his children but to his kingdom and us as well. The book itself consists of Solomon’s learned wisdom. Wisdom he seeks to pass down so that we won’t waste our life chasing after … Continue reading Fathers, Direct Your Kids Toward that Which Matters – Part 3