How the Priests and Scribes Abused the Bible
Micah 5:2, Part 4
Dec 31, 2019
Some people who teach the Bible should not be teaching the Bible. Here is an example from the Bible.
He Took Up Arms Against Liberalism
J. Gresham Machen (1881–1937)
Jan 1, 2020
J. Gresham Machen knew that if Christianity matters only because it is useful, and not true, then Christianity doesn’t really matter.
Are Personal Resolutions Effective or Futile?
Jan 1, 2020
Are New Year’s resolutions helpful, are they harmful, or are they just a setup for eventual failure?
What Should I Expect My First Time Through the Bible?
Jan 3, 2020
What can you expect when you set out on a journey through the entire Bible? Pastor John offers three cautions and nine life-transforming hopes for every Bible reader.
How Pervasive Is Paul’s Concern with Conflict in the Church?
Philippians 4:2–3, Part 1
Jan 4, 2020
Christians share more than the same worldview. They share the same heart, the same mind, the same body, and the same Savior.
How Do I Respond to Sexual Dreams?
Jan 6, 2020
What do sexually illicit dreams reveal about our souls? Pastor John offers biblical principles for understanding dreams and practical ways to overcome them.
The Bible and the Sermon Are Not Always Enough
Philippians 4:2–3, Part 2
Jan 7, 2020
Reconciliation between believers in our churches will require more than the pastor’s preaching or our private Bible reading.
What Prayers Does God Answer?
Asking According to His Will
Jan 8, 2020
God will give us whatever we ask in prayer, when we pray according to his will. So what does it mean to pray according to God’s will?
What Every Marriage Needs Most
Jan 8, 2020
What our marriages need most is probably not new and novel counsel from the latest book or seminar, but this one piece of timeless, biblical truth.
How Do We Respond to Claims That Christianity Is Dangerous?
Jan 10, 2020
How should Christians live in a culture that increasingly views our faith as bigoted, immoral, and even dangerous?
Eight Ways Paul Encourages Euodia and Syntyche to Come to One Mind
Philippians 4:2–3, Part 3
Jan 11, 2020
Pastors are not called to create unity in the body of Christ. They are called to help their people maintain it.
Christ Magnified in His World Through Servants Satisfied in His Worth
Jan 12, 2020
God will not settle for redeeming people from just a few parts of the globe. He will have people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
Are Hell and the Cross Overkill for Sin?
Jan 13, 2020
The cross will seem like an overreaction as long as man is big and God is small. The essence of sin is not harm done to man, but indignities done to God.
Why Does It Matter That Their Names Are in the Book of Life?
Philippians 4:2–3, Part 4
Jan 14, 2020
The frustrations and grievances we carry against other Christians would feel different if we could see their names written in the book of life.
How Should I Parent My Non-Christian Teen?
Jan 15, 2020
Should parents require non-Christian teens to attend church with them? And if so, how do they avoid creating hypocrites of their kids?
Is a Similar Sense of Calling Required for Marriage?
Jan 17, 2020
Most fundamentally, marriage is not a convenient matchup of vocations, but a covenant that displays the love Jesus has for his church.
Miracles Are Meant to Drive Repentance
Matthew 11:20–24, Part 1
Jan 18, 2020
Even healing can be dangerous, if we do not reckon with the purpose of our healing: repentance.
Serious Joy, Cultural Conflict, and Christian Humility
Thoughts on Christian Education
Jan 19, 2020
True Christian education fills our hearts and minds with a joy so serious and strong that our society loses its power to control where we stand and what we say.
What Is the State of Race Relations in the Church?
Jan 20, 2020
Our perceptions of race relations in the church are of some importance. God’s vision for where race relations are heading is of infinite importance.
Will Hell Be Worse for Some?
Matthew 11:20–24, Part 2
Jan 21, 2020
Some cities, Jesus says, are worse than Sodom. How they responded to him increased their judgment.
Is Something Evil Only If It Harms Others?
Jan 22, 2020
Evil goes beyond the harm we commit against other humans. Evil is preferring anything above God, even if we harm no one in the process.
Ruthless Nations Will Fear the Lord
The Coming Triumph of World Missions
Jan 24, 2020
No matter how much darkness covers the nations, God’s promise remains: strong peoples will glorify him. Cities of ruthless nations will fear him.
Did My Dad Die Because I Lacked Faith?
Jan 24, 2020
James tells us that we have not because we ask not. But do we still lack sometimes because we don’t ask with enough faith?
God Hides Salvation from the Proud
Matthew 11:25–30, Part 1
Jan 25, 2020
God has hidden works from some that if performed would have caused them to repent. Why?