15SEP 2012

A Message from Leviticus

       Many people begin reading the Bible with a lot of zeal. Genesis is often quickly devoured. Exodus is pretty good. It’s at Leviticus that people often give up. The reason is because its contents are very foreign to us. All of the ceremonial ritualism, rites performed by the priests and its other……..[Read More]

08SEP 2012

Miracles and Providence

       The illustrious power to perform miracles is a legacy that should be protected in the church. It’s no show. Those who truly performed them were from God, John 3:2; 9:32-33. There is a difference between God’s providence in our lives and miracles. I want to make the proper distinction in my own……..[Read More]

02SEP 2012

The Casting of Lots

       In explaining the sovereignty of God with people I sometimes use an analogy of Mt. Everest. I want people to understand that while I can indeed proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God from the Bible, I myself still remain in awe of it. God remains far beyond my imagination in every way.……..[Read More]

25AUG 2012

Two great acts

              In the Scriptures the two greatest deliverances that God performed were the Exodus of the Old Testament and Christ’s work on Calvary in the New Testament. The first was a type. The second was the anti-type.   Both were perfectly accomplished. Both were to be remembered perpetually. Both were done while the people……..[Read More]

19AUG 2012

By grace alone

       Due to several recent discussions and debates I’ve had this month, I’ve again been pouring over the doctrines of election in Scripture. I once hated the Biblical idea of God’s sovereignty. I detested any theology that taught that God decides who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. Reader, I can……..[Read More]

11AUG 2012

Help Thou my un-hiddenness

       Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest prophet and man of all those who’d gone before him, Luke 7:28. What a tribute! In Israel, John was sent ahead of Jesus to fulfill his predestined role in redemptive history, Malachi 3:1; cf. Matthew 11:10. He was sent to call the nation to repentance……..[Read More]

05AUG 2012

Truth over tempo

       I am currently between churches as I write this due to a move. We’re looking. Two great tools to use for this by the way are the IX Marks website church search, and the Master's Seminary alumni search. I went to a new church today. I am left, among other things, considering……..[Read More]

29JUL 2012

They bring absolutes

       There are eight or nine authors (though dead) who still speak today. Their names are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James and Jude. Who wrote Hebrews is uncertain. Their words, with the exception of the Old Testament writers, were inspired by God in ways that no others were, 2 Peter 1:21;……..[Read More]

20JUL 2012

Levels of certainty

       Beloved, in our culture today we are a people who feel totally sure of ourselves and uncertain of what we believe. I think it’s supposed to be the other way around. In Scripture, there are varying levels or degrees of certainty we can have when it comes to divine truth. For my……..[Read More]

15JUL 2012

The ministry of Jesus

       The profundity and far reaching implications of the words and miracles of Jesus are completely mind boggling. No one that God has given the Scriptures to will ever stop marveling at their perfection and symmetry. Through the study of Scripture, I’ve recently realized my own complete underestimation of the power of Jesus’……..[Read More]

09JUL 2012

How many sins does it take to make God the one to blame?

       There’s a collective effort or excuse of conscience at work in our culture today. I’ve heard its influence in the opinions of those I meet many times and in many ways. It could be summarized along the lines of the old adage that says that, “There’s safety in numbers.” I’ve heard a……..[Read More]

02JUL 2012

The everlasting temple

       The temple of King Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians in the sixth century B.C. It was literally razed to the ground, and the people of Judah were taken captive into Babylon. This was a promised judgment of God against the people for their sin. Before it took place, God promised Israel through……..[Read More]

24JUN 2012

Spiritual warfare

         Spiritual warfare does NOT deal with super-Christians running around telling devils what to do. Such antics gain you attention in word of faith cults, but have no place in the church. I’ll never forget wandering into a chapel one night in Bagram, Afghanistan on my way home on leave, and listening……..[Read More]

12JUN 2012

The desires of our hearts

       Psalm 37:4 reads, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” You know, when I was first brought to faith I thought I knew what I wanted from the Lord. I came with a list of things in my heart like a child’s Christmas wish list. I’m……..[Read More]

05JUN 2012

A question about communion

          On 4 Jun, Clint H. asked:           “I have a question regarding the Sacraments/Communion…My two roommates and I hold a Bible study and fellowship night every Friday at our house. [Someone] stated that we should hold communion at our home. Both myself and my roommates hold……..[Read More]

03JUN 2012

What is imputation?

            “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Corinthians 5:21.             The doctrine of imputation is a theological term explaining how a Christian actually receives forgiveness for sin. It is……..[Read More]

30MAY 2012

Thank God for Regeneration

             Regeneration is another word for the new birth. I believe that regeneration is best described in John 3:8 when Jesus says that it’s like the wind. “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where……..[Read More]

20MAY 2012

Truth and love

       Love is the driving force and guiding light in the Christian religion. Without it, every doctrine, every effort and every conviction becomes absurd. There are many among us, either by action or omission, who pervert love by declaring it free to accept everything the world wishes, but this isn’t love. We love……..[Read More]

12MAY 2012

A question about dominionism

           On 8 May Stacey W. asked:        “Sitting up researching the other night I came across a blog talking about "dominionism". The claim made by the blogger is that the new Calvinism and the emergent movement is really "dominionism." He specifically named John Piper as being part of……..[Read More]

07MAY 2012

The greater and the lesser lights

       Truth is necessary for salvation. A man can no more believe in a Jesus in whom he has not heard (Romans 10:14) than he can be saved by a false one, Matthew 24:5. Truth is found in all saved people. It is propositional truth that serves as the baseline for the right……..[Read More]

28APR 2012


       Jesus prayed for His church. He came to redeem for Himself a church from this world. In what we call His high priestly prayer He prayed: “…Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are,” John 17:11b. With the state of many……..[Read More]

21APR 2012

The rock of salvation

         Just before his execution, the Athenian philosopher Socrates (~470-399 B.C.) said, “All of the wisdom of this world is but a tiny raft upon which we must set sail when we leave this earth. If only there was a firmer foundation upon which to sail, perhaps some divine word.” What will……..[Read More]

14APR 2012

The source of the source

                        In response to the question, “God is perfect; explain?” Ravi Zacharias once answered: “God is the only being in existence whose reason for existence is within Himself.” I love this!          There’s a droll tension in my profession where each……..[Read More]

06APR 2012

A question about the Orthodox Church and orthodoxy

On 3 Apr 12, Stacey W. asked:             “Is using the term orthodox a correct way to describe reformed soteriology? I recently had a person who is not a professing Christian refer to herself as orthodox. I have only heard of the eastern orthodox churches, and upon looking up the term orthodox came across the……..[Read More]