Suffering And Sovereignty

Thankfully, the Bible does not shy away from the hard issues. Suffering is one such issue. Suffering is hit head on from the very beginning by giving an explanation of why there is pain and suffering and yet, all the while, continually affirming God’s sovereign rule over this world and the suffering experienced in this […]

Holiness Not Required? (Pt. 2)

A Helpful Illustration I heard a story a few years ago that went something like this (I have forgotten where I heard this); one summer, a father gathered his two sons and told them that he had a job for them. Behind their home was a small grove of trees that he wanted cut down and […]

Holiness Not Required?

“and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23-24) Defining Our Terms Holiness. Let that word hang in the air for a moment. It is a word that seems to have been all but banished from the […]

Encouraging One Another

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. — Ephesians 4:29 (ESV) Have you ever thought about how certain events, words, situations, people, etc. are able to greatly encourage us? Think about […]

The Pillars Of The Gospel

From the beginning, God has faithfully and graciously blessed His Church. However, with the conversion of Constantine in 312 AD and the Edict of Milan issued in 313 AD, which not only decriminalized Christianity (a very favorable turn of events) but also established Christianity as the religion of the empire (a not so good turn […]