In order to be effective in evangelism, we often believe we must be a world class apologist who can answer every question thrown at us, an extrovert who can talk to anyone, and a bold witness who isn't afraid of persecution or death. While we may think that, the average Christian doesn't typically possess these … Continue reading What’s the True Source of Powerful Evangelism?
If someone were to ask you how being a part of your local church impacts your day-to-day life, how would you answer? Or, to put the question another way, how should our lives be different because we belong to a local church? When we allow the Bible to be our guide, what we find is … Continue reading Why & How You Should Seek To Belong To A Local Church In 2018
For all the presents you opened this Christmas there are only a few that are truly life-changing, truly revolutionary. The smartphone is one of those revolutionary products. Now, I’m partial to Apple, even if they do slow their older phones down. When you look at an iPhone or any smartphone for that matter, you are looking at … Continue reading What’s God’s Christmas Gift to Us?
As 2017 begins to draw to a close, I'm thankful that the Lord has allowed us another year to produce content which has hopefully proved to be edifying to the Church and encouraging to the pastors called to care for her in their own unique contexts. And I hope that you too have been personally … Continue reading What’s New For Broken Shepherd In 2018?
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