Monday, August 21, 2017

God is Bothering Me

"If you're not wrestling with certain doctrines in Scripture; 
if you say, 'There's nothing that bothers me about God,'
are you really reading the Bible?"
From a recent White Horse Inn podcast

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Bondage of the Will

I was honored to write the forward for this special edition of one of the real classic Christian texts. Time is well spent learning church history in general, and the untamed Martin Luther in particular. Five hundred years later, this book still matters. It's for sale here

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Christian's Chief and Only Comfort

"Not only should we be sure that God wills, and will execute His will, necessarily and immutably; we should glory in the fact, as Paul does in Romans 3 -- "Let God be true, but every man a liar" (v.4). . .If then we are taught and believe that we ought to be ignorant of the necessary foreknowledge of God and the necessity of events, Christian faith is utterly destroyed, and the promises of God and the whole gospel fall to the ground completely; for the Christian's chief and only comfort in every adversity lies in knowing that God does not lie, but brings all things to pass immutably, and that His will cannot be resisted, altered or impeded." -- Martin Luther, from The Bondage of the Will, page 84

Monday, August 7, 2017

To the Christian Rich - Repent.

When the preacher for whom this blog is named was approached by crowds asking him how they might bear fruit keeping with repentance (Lk 3:1-22), he spoke to them regarding the relationship they had with their material possessions, their money, and their income. (Terribly interesting I think, and frightening). He told them to share their property, deal honestly in their businesses, be content with their income, and refuse to bully or otherwise intimidate in the pursuit of  financial gains. Now, let's go and do likewise.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

To the Christian Rich - It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive

It just is, as the Apostle Paul says when he quotes Jesus (Ac 20:35), which is quite rare. A person is more blessed when he or she keeps less to give more away. This is a unique design within the kingdom of God, along with related realities like dying to live, and losing to gain, and being last to finish first, and serving to attain greatness, etc. Embrace the paradox. Open your hands.

Monday, June 19, 2017

To the Christian Rich - Being Poor is Not a Sin

It just isn't.

Protestant Preaching

"In Protestantism, preaching is not communication of information;
preaching is God meeting with His people through the proclamation of the Word."
Carl Trueman

This is true. Look at Scripture. God has always called His people to gather that He might then speak to them. And He has most often used qualified preachers and teachers as His voice.