I think most professing Christians would agree we should not “take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Ex 20:7). We must stand up when we see God’s name being publicly misused as an excuse to disobey the law.… Read More COVID restrictions and the Glory of God’s Name
A few weeks ago I saw a Christian college’s student handbook which prohibited students from practicing yoga, saying it denied the truth of God’s Word. “Christians and yoga” has come up for me a few times lately so the question I wanted to answer is: Is it possible to do yoga for exercise without being wrapped up in a misguided or even idolatrous philosophy?… Read More Christians and Yoga
Is it possible to baptize a newly professing-Christian too quickly? What about too slowly? After studying this matter from Scripture, my position has changed.… Read More Should baptism be… speedy?
Many classic films seem relatively wholesome because in the 1930s, movie studios created a self-imposed production code, attempting to submit to moral expectations held by the average American. Yet as we see our country’s moral standards decline, we must not wring our hands in despair, but remember we are actually pilgrims in a strange land.… Read More 1930s Movie Rules and Society’s Values
Many Christians today are convinced that the Ten Commandments came in with Moses and went out with Jesus. But what if these commands formally “codified” at Sinai actually reflected God’s unchanging moral standard for all mankind since the beginning? … Read More The Ten Commandments Before Moses
Although I (sadly) learned very little Korean during our two years living in Seoul, even still, the sound of the language itself became beautiful to me. If I was one of those people who listened to soothing sounds to fall asleep, I’d happily drift off listening to the Korean nightly news! Now that we live… Read More The World is Praying for You, America
In our culture, “pet peeve” has somehow became an acceptable euphemism to justify a response of inappropriate irritability, anger, and resentment. These are all things we should be putting to death as followers of Christ.… Read More Put Your Pet Peeves to Death
I have always found Jesus’ baptism intriguing yet a bit mysterious. Why did the perfect, sinless Son of God insist on being baptized by John the Baptist, who offered a “baptism of repentance”? I think the answer is actually in the Old Testament!… Read More Why Was Jesus Baptized by John?
Last week we considered the possibility that we may be too quick to call fellow brothers and sisters legalistic because they have a stricter conscience conviction on something. Paul was actually very forgiving of these brothers with overly cautious conscience convictions and even tells us to welcome these brothers. We mainly concluded that we should… Read More Charity & Conscience (Part 2, Looking Inward)
Many of us have a highly-sensitive Legalist radar. Any time it seems someone is adding unnecessary rules to Scripture, we are quick to point this out and label it as legalism. However, while legalists may very well be the “rule police”, I fear many of us have become self-appointed “legalist police.”… Read More Charity & Conscience (Part 1, The Legalist Police)