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Why We Preach the Law

There was an old interview that Joel Osteen did–I think it might’ve been with Oprah–where he was responding to criticism that he doesn’t preach enough, or at all, on sin. The citation escapes me, but he said something like, “You know, I want to encourage people. I want to make them feel better. People already […]

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Ministry Shouldn’t be Entered Hastily

About two years after I became a Christian, I sensed the tug on my heart to be in pastoral ministry. Early on as a new Christian, I desired to not only preach God’s Word, but to counsel God’s people. For me, however, the latter has always been tough for me, since I’m naturally an introvert. […]

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Ephesians 1 and Union with Christ

The doctrine of our union with Christ is unmistakably present in Scripture. Certainly, you would have to blatantly lie to deny it. It is arguably the most precious doctrine in Scripture because it is central to our salvation. And yet, it is widely misunderstood and, even more so, neglected because of its confusing details. Everybody […]

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Imputation for Everday Life

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21 ESV) Numerous are the doctrines that many well-meaning Christians say, “What does this have to do with everyday life?” It’s a valid question. It’s an important one, something all Christians […]