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”

Yes, There is Only One Way to Heaven (No, That’s not Unfair)

One of the most despised doctrines of the Christian faith is the doctrine of the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. Western culture hates it. Even some within the church shy away from it because they don’t want to offend or cause conflict. It’s not popular. However, the lack of popularity doesn’t mean we should back downContinue reading “Yes, There is Only One Way to Heaven (No, That’s not Unfair)”

Whoever wins, Jesus is Lord

As we all anxiously wait for the presidential election results to filter in, I know it can be easy to lose hope. We want the person we voted for to win. As Christians, I would hope we’d want the country to be ran as close to biblical values as it can be. As we seeContinue reading “Whoever wins, Jesus is Lord”

What does the Bible say about the death penalty?

The other day I thought to myself, “I haven’t published a blog in awhile that was controversial.” And then I decided to write on capital punishment. No, I’m kidding. But the thought did occur in my mind that writing on this would be interesting. Though this is a controverisal topic, my intention is not forContinue reading “What does the Bible say about the death penalty?”

Who — or What — is Discipling You?

The other day I started to think about how easily Christians are influenced. We don’t just live in the culture but we are, by every indication, being discipled by it. I wouldn’t imagine this is intentional, as I can’t fathom a Christian wanting to follow the waves of the culture rather than the firm foundationContinue reading “Who — or What — is Discipling You?”

Guarding our Mouths

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” (Proverbs‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬) Sarcasm is my second language. Whether I am at work, in church, or simply at home with my family, many times I respond with sarcasm. And sometimes it’s not the most appropriate way to respond. WithContinue reading “Guarding our Mouths”

Christian, be a Peacemaker

In a culture where everybody is at each other’s throats, we need a breath of fresh air–fresh air of peace among people. And this fresh air needs to be more prevalent in Christians. Constant bickering isn’t getting us anywhere. This may be an election year — and tensions are high from racial issues and COVIDContinue reading “Christian, be a Peacemaker”

The Benefit of Storing God’s Word in Your Heart

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms‬ ‭119:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬) In Don Whitney’s famous book Spiritual Disciplines, he gives Scripture memorization as one of the key disciplines for the Christian life. But why is that? Why is memorizing the Bible such a necessary and beneficial partContinue reading “The Benefit of Storing God’s Word in Your Heart”