A stereotypical fairytale begins with the words, “Once upon a time.” When we hear these words, something triggers in our brains that tells us, “Oh, okay, so this never really happened.” But the phrase itself would indicate otherwise. Once upon a time actually suggests that this event took place...
As we come to the Gospels and the book of Acts, many of the things we said about reading narrative passages will apply. These five books make very compelling reading—fascinating stories, deep theological implications, and some crucial history for the Christian faith. As we read these books, we’ll notice that...
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16). “If we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:15). If you pray for something, you’ll get it. Isn’t...
Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me. If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.” (Genesis 4:23-24) Have you ever noticed this little poem tucked into the early...
Facebook asks a great question every time we log in: What’s on your mind? It’s a question we should be asking ourselves, not necessarily as a conversation piece, but as a means of self-reflection. We can learn a lot about what we really value by examining what we’re constantly...
The traditional image that angels have wings is pervasive. I’ve rarely heard anyone question it. But—as has been my trend over the last few posts—I’m going to question it. Put simply, nowhere in Scripture do we see angels with wings. Nowhere. If you know of any, please drop the...
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging, but I wanted to let you all know that I’m still alive and am back to blogging. I took a break because I’ve been trying to finish a book I’ve been working on for...
Our “Book of the Month” feature (which, by the way, is not a monthly installment) allows us to highlight books that we have appreciated and that we feel may be beneficial for you as well. This “month” I want to share one of the most helpful books I’ve ever read:...
Look around you. Think about every situation you’ve ever been in. Every day of your life (including the very best and the very worst) has somehow been affected by sin. There is a fundamental difference between the world as it was when God created it and the world as...
Last night, the Bible study group my wife and I are privileged to be a part of took a sinister turn. We were discussing the benefits of reading the Bible, and we examined a familiar passage: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,...
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