My wife and I were sitting on the pier in Pismo Beach when a sweet middle-aged woman slowly approached us. When she got close to us, I could see that her hands were trembling. Her voice was shaky as she gave us a pseudo-greeting: “Do you know Jesus?” We smiled...
God wants us to be holy (1 Thess. 4:3). That’s a truth that is pretty well known in Christian circles. But how exactly do we grow in holiness? In theory, we’re probably pretty united on this point: we become more holy as God’s grace works in our hearts and transforms...
As I’ve said in previous posts, I believe God is sovereign. Not just vaguely in control, but possesses the freedom to do whatever he wants. “Our God is in the heavens, and he does whatever he pleases,” declares the psalmist (115:3). God has the freedom to kill, make alive,...
Last week, Eternity Bible College hosted its annual Winterim course, which always features distinguished guest professors teaching on a issue that is pertinent to the life and health of the church. This year, we were honored to have Dr. Joel Willitts from Northpark University teaching on the Kingdom of...
What could Thomas Kinkade possibly have in common with Quentin Tarantino? Both of these artists are famous for portraying only one side of reality. Which means that both give us a deficient view of the world. Of course, artists can’t present every aspect of reality in every work, nor...
We all want to hear the voice of God. What is his will for my life? Should I buy this car? Marry this person? Attend this school? It makes sense that we’re looking for God’s voice in these things. We make so many decisions every day, and we don’t completely...
Why should Christians care about the arts? The two reasons I have already given are that art cannot be avoided, so we should think critically about it, and that the arts serve as a cultural barometer. In this post I will add a third reason: The arts allow us...
Halloween is upon us, and even though our kids are young adults now, I am reminded of autumns past when we did not celebrate Halloween. It is an issue that every parent needs to consider, along with a multitude of other child-raising decisions. So I offer the following thoughts...
Jesus is the light of the world. As profound as that statement is, it gets crazier. Because this is a title that Jesus claims for himself, and then also bestows upon us. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says: “You are the light of the world. A city set on...
Last year I posted a series of blogs titled “Christians and Violence” that gained a lot of attention. Much has happened since those posts, including a book on violence that I wrote with the help of my good friend and former student, Andrew Rillera. The book is titled Fight:...
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