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 … Continue reading Why We Preach the Law
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 down … Continue reading Yes, There is Only One Way to Heaven (No, That’s not Unfair)
Kindness. Gentleness. Self-controlled. These three traits should all be prevalent in Christians.
When society rejects, Christians should welcome. When culture ostracizes, believers should embrace. When the world “cancels,” followers of Jesus should look past mistakes.
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 see … Continue reading Whoever wins, Jesus is Lord
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 for … Continue reading What does the Bible say about the death penalty?
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 foundation … Continue reading Who — or What — is Discipling You?
“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. With … Continue reading Guarding our Mouths
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 COVID … Continue reading Christian, be a Peacemaker
“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 part … Continue reading The Benefit of Storing God’s Word in Your Heart