Your pastor prays for you. His God-given duty, after all, is to "keep watch over your soul" (Heb. 13:17). But unless you're a rare individual, you don't pray for your pastor as much as you should. I want to convince you that your pastor desperately needs you to pray...
On a bright nineteenth-century morning, a madman lit a lantern and rushed into a crowded marketplace in a German town. “I seek God!” he exclaimed. No self-respecting townsperson in the post-Enlightenment world believed in God, so the madman’s cry was met only with laughter. “I’ll tell you where God is,”...
Church discipline is a big deal. If you’ve never been in a church that has practiced church discipline, it basically means that a person is caught in some type of sin, refuses to repent, and therefore is put outside of the church body until they do repent. Church discipline doesn’t...
It is always a struggle to make communion meaningful. I have taken communion my whole life. When I was a kid growing up in a Baptist church, communion Sunday simply meant that the service would go extra long. As a pastor, I always grappled with the texts and rituals...
The gospel is not a message about you. It’s not a message about how to become a better person, nor is it about all the bad things you have done. It’s not about how to be holy, humble, or happy. It’s not about how you cleaned up your act....
If I had a nickel for every time an angel lied to a person and led them to start a false religion, I’d have at least 10 cents. I’m thinking here of Joseph Smith and Muhammad, both of whom started their religions (Mormonism and Islam) after receiving revelation from...
I’d like to start a series of blog posts dealing with what the Bible says about the poor. My interest in this topic began a few years back as I was preparing to teach the book of Ezekiel. With much excitement, I got to chapter 16 in my study, which...
Protestants are generally suspicious of Catholics. I often hear concern that Catholics work to earn their salvation. In this post, I would like to turn that accusation back on Protestants. We talk a lot about grace, but I’m not convinced that the typical Protestant confidently believes that he doesn’t...
You know the story. Two men visit Lot and they must have been hot, because they attract the attention of the men of the city—every single one, even the kids: “The men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house…and called to...
The Old Testament is all about grace. It contains some laws and talks about judgment. But at the end of the day, the whole thing is held together by grace. If you pull grace out, like tugging on a loose thread from a sweater, the whole garment will become...
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