That Sunday After Easter
Few of us remember those Sundays that come the week after Easter. By then the pastel finery is packed away in our closets. The lunch is not as great. The anticipation for corporate worship has dropped down from the seasonal…Continue Reading
Jesus’s Closest Companion
The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson.
He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written.…Continue Reading
When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong
The story of Naomi in Ruth chapter one teaches us that how things look and how things feel are often not how they are.
The last time Naomi had seen her hometown on the Judean hillside, the barley fields had…Continue Reading
Jesus Is Better Than Porn
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
These words from the apostle Paul are the heartbeat to Jimmy Needham’s song “Forgiven and Loved,” written in the aftermath of a decade-long battle with…Continue Reading
Sinner, Come Home
My heart was already full as John Piper began his message that would close the recent Together for the Gospel conference. I prayed that God would use his message to implant a passion within our hearts that would shape our…Continue Reading
How I Almost Became a False Teacher
What does a false teacher in the church look like?
Some of them are easy to spot. Health-and-wealth, prosperity preachers hardly require any effort at all. Those who ignore or sneeringly distort the Bible also are fairly obvious.
But what…Continue Reading
Grow in Grace at the Table
The Universe Is Saying Something
Earlier this year, the earth tried to tell us something: it doesn’t like Corvettes. At least that’s the interpretation given by ABC news analyst Matthew Dowd, who suggests the universe is sending us a message.
Maybe he’s right. Perhaps the…Continue Reading
An Excellent New Book on Justification
If a thoughtful layman asked me what he should read to understand the doctrine of justification in relationship to the New Perspective on Paul, I would send him to Stephen Westerholm’s new book, Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme (Eerdmans,…Continue Reading