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 alreadyContinue reading “Why We Preach the Law”

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.Continue reading “Ministry Shouldn’t be Entered Hastily”

Does Philippians 2:12 Teach Salvation by Works?

As Protestants, we champion the doctrine of salvation grace alone through faith alone—by Christ alone! We have firmly planted our feet in the Protestant sand, and that will never change! However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some texts of Scripture that make us scratch our noggin if we don’t understand the context. One ofContinue reading “Does Philippians 2:12 Teach Salvation by Works?”

God’s Grace in our Lives

Ordinarily, I write about theology and how it is applicable to our lives as Christians. From time to time, though, it’s necessary to write about more personal things. I wanted to write a blog about things that are going on in our life right now. Of course, most who see our (mine and my wife’s)Continue reading “God’s Grace in our Lives”