1 Thes. 4:13-18; 5:1-11 13Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have … Continue reading How Will History End?
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, … Continue reading What is the Church?
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what … Continue reading What is the Gospel?
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will … Continue reading Who is the Holy Spirit?
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have … Continue reading Who is Jesus?
"12 …sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." Romans 5:1 “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, … Continue reading What is Wrong with the World?
In the last post, we began by asking if there is credible evidence for the existence for a personal, creator God. We discovered that the evidence is overwhelming. That evidence is what we call in theology, General Revelation, how God has revealed himself as the Creator through the material universe. Now, we turn to what … Continue reading What is the Bible?
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans … Continue reading Does a Personal, Creator God Really Exist?
Lutheran professor, Dr. G. Ferdie, said, “The gospel is not a movement from vice to virtue, but rather, a movement from virtue to grace.” The idea is that when exposed as a sinner (our vice), we naturally attempt to become virtuous (i.e., we try to “be good” or at least be better). The big problem is … Continue reading Moving from Virtue to Grace
Listen: This is message #1 in our study through James, The Gospel for Real Life (TGFRL). I have a huge admiration for firefighters. While most of us instinctively run from fires, they run toward and into them. Totally counterintuitive. But in some ways, we all face fires. Not literal fires. But tests. James calls them … Continue reading “Facing the Fire”
Listen: This message comes with a “spoiler alert.” If you have ever read a movie review online, you have come across a “spoiler warning,” where the reviewer warns you that he is going to give the ending away. This morning, we are going to talk about the end. Not the end of a movie, but … Continue reading How Will History End?
Listen: Remember this? "Here is the church, here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people." What is wrong with it? Yeah, it gives the impression that the church is a building. But the church is not a building; it is a people. The church is not a Sunday event we go … Continue reading What is the Church?
Listen: When I was a young lad, I remember watching a TV game show with my grandmother called "To Tell the Truth." Here is how the game worked. Three celebrities would sit across from three contestants. The celebrities would have an opportunity to ask each of the contestants questions in order to figure out which … Continue reading What is the Gospel?
Muhammad Ali is arguably the most famous professional boxer of all time, with more titles and awards than one would think possible in a lifetime. You can read about them here. Although he was the fighter in the ring, he was never alone. His trainer and cornerman, Angelo Dundee, is the one who made Ali … Continue reading The Ultimate Cornerman
Listen: Beach or mountains? If you had to decide between one or the other as a vacation destination, which would you choose? For some, the answer would be a no brainer. You have a definite preference. For others, you may feel a tension, because you enjoy both the mountains and the beach. Steak or shrimp? … Continue reading Who is the Holy Spirit?
One of my spiritual heroes is a pastor from the 19th century named Octavius Winslow. In fact, I named my youngest child after him, calling her "Sarah Wynn." The Wynn is from Winslow. Get it? Sarah is after Jonathan Edward's wife. Anyway. His book, The Work of the Holy Spirit (1840), has had a profound effect … Continue reading How Sanctification Works
In sermon research today, I came across a passage from an old friend, Octavius Winslow. His book, The Work of the Holy Spirit, originally published in 1840, is one of my all-time favorites and has had a huge influence in my life. In fact, I named my youngest child after Winslow (Sarah "Wynn"... the Sarah … Continue reading When Baptism Avails Nothing
Listen: This is week 4 in an 8-week sermon series we are calling, Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Today our topic is Christology, or the study of Christ. While Jesus is our focus EVERY Sunday, today we want to slow down a bit and look at some nuances to the person and work of … Continue reading Who is Jesus?
In this Sunday's message, we are going to touch on the hypostatic union. As Dave Mathis writes, “The hypostatic union is the mysterious joining of the divine and the human in the one person of Jesus." Mysterious and controversial. In the centuries immediately following the writing of the New Testament, there were a number of church … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Jehovah’s Witnesses are Mistaken About Jesus
Cur Deus Homo was written by Anselm of Canterbury between 1094–1098 A.D. In this work he asks and answers the question of why God became man. Why he wrote Cur Deus Homo is answered in the preface to his work: I have been often and most earnestly requested by many, both personally and by letter, that … Continue reading Cur Deus Homo?
This Sunday we are going to discuss the person and work of Jesus from a theological perspective, understanding the divinity and humanity of Jesus, as well as the several aspects of his redemptive work. Since we have limited time on Sunday, I wanted to share briefly about the "offices" of Christ, as we may not have … Continue reading The Three Offices of Christ
Listen: [Here is an important addendum to this message.] In the mid-14th century, a bacteria called yersinia pestis was carried by fleas from Asia to Europe, being transported on rats that commonly infested merchant ships. As these ships arrived in ports such as Constantinople, Marseilles (mar-say), and Barcelona, the rats would disembark, carrying the infected … Continue reading Pandora’s Box
Listen here: This is part 2 in an 8-week sermon series called Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Last week we began by asking if there is credible evidence for the existence of a personal, creator God. We discovered that the evidence is overwhelming. That evidence is what we call in theology, General Revelation, how … Continue reading Flying by the Instruments
Listen here: Today we began an 8-week sermon series called Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. We know how important foundations are for buildings. It is the same for us. We all have a foundation for how we think, engage the world and act in it. We call this foundation a worldview. Over the next … Continue reading Does a Personal, Creator God Really Exist?
Why can't God just forgive? What is the real need for the cross where Jesus was brutally, violently, and painfully executed through crucifixion. Why can't God just forgive? One of the most popular genres of television is the crime procedural, where police investigators use forensic science to solve murders. Just consider the success and duplication of shows … Continue reading Why Can’t God Just Forgive?