“Lord give me firmness without hardness, steadfastness without dogmatism, love without weakness.”… Read More Reflections on Jim Elliot
There are many types of missions organizations—some are known for being very diverse in the kind of work they do, whereas others are known for a particular niche, such as translation, missionary aviation, or church planting. Sometimes even these more specialized organizations necessarily (or, perhaps I should say, crucially) branch out into broader areas of… Read More The Infrastructure of Missions
Many churches emphasize the significance of having a memorable, recountable conversion experience. Yet some of us who grew up in Christian homes never had that experience. Is that a problem?… Read More Born Again (…right?)
Acting as though every single thing we think is a good idea is the clear teaching of Scripture is dangerous and wrong-headed. Our lives must be thoroughly informed by Scripture, but we must also make space for wisdom, which helps us to practically apply our knowledge every day, especially to things that aren’t explicitly discussed in Scripture.… Read More Wisdom and Proof-Texts
Sometimes you just really want to be with Jesus. Is it wrong to want to skip ahead to heaven?… Read More Are We There Yet?
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