June 24, 2019

Consider the Critters You have heard it said, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways, and be wise” (Prov 6:6) or “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin” (Matt 6:28). But I say to you, “Consider the rat.” When it comes to disgusting creatures, rats rank relatively high. A good friend of mine had a rat infestation in his house last year, and his wife is still struggling to… Read more

June 21, 2019

I just got home from watching Godzilla: King of the Monsters. There were a few things that stood out to me as a fan and as a Christian. So for today’s blog I thought I’d provide my own brief review of the movie. Then I’ll share a couple of thoughts on themes in the movie from a Christian point of view. I’m a pretty big fan of Godzilla. Not as big as some. I don’t collect books or figurines of… Read more

June 19, 2019

Today we have a guest blogger from my good friend David Schreiner. Dave has just released a new book entitled, Pondering the Spade: Discussing Important Convergences between Archaeology and Old Testament Studies. I highly recommend picking it up. As a bonus, if you read the recommendations on the back page you might see a familiar name. What inspired or challenged you to write this book? I wrote this book largely because of an annoyance that I have been experiencing when… Read more

June 16, 2019

The Church’s Place “God has not called the church to make this world a better place but to be the better place God has made in this world through Jesus.” This core thesis of my book Endangered Gospel has unsettled people since it was published in 2016. And now the concept is being championed in high profile places like Christianity Today. Just this week its editor in chief wrote an article using remarkably similar language: “The purpose of the church—the… Read more

June 14, 2019

If you’re a Christian interested in discipleship, then today’s blog is for you. We’re going to take a look at the Great Commission in Matt. 28:19. Our examination of the passage will accomplish two complimentary goals. First, I’m going to walk you through how knowing a little Greek can help unpack the meaning of a passage. Second, I’m going argue that, according to Jesus, discipleship is made up of two components: baptism and teaching. The heart of this passage is… Read more

June 12, 2019

Archaeologists are calling it the “find of the century.” A recent archaeological discovery sheds valuable light on well-known biblical stories. Though briefly mentioned in Joshua and 1 Samuel, the Book of Jasher was thought to be forever lost—until now. During renovations of the tragically burned Notre Dame Cathedral, a Hebrew scroll remained providentially untouched by the ferocious flames. After thorough investigation, it has been dated back to the Israelite monarchy. “We are cautiously calling this the Dead Sea Scroll of… Read more

June 10, 2019

The Problem with Spiritual Gifts I’m not sure spiritual gifts are a thing. I realize that this statement requires an explanation. The Apostle Paul appears to speak about them in 1 Corinthians. Churches often teach classes on them. And many Christians have taken tests to identify them. It’s how many of us first learned that we might be good teachers, preachers, or worship leaders. I don’t dispute that God has empowered each member of the church to serve the common… Read more

June 7, 2019

I love the trailer to this movie because it encapsulates discipleship. Listen to a few of the lines and hear them not as some magician talking with his apprentice, but as Jesus speaking to a disciple: “All over the world dark forces are gathering. You’ve been chosen to stop them.” “You are going to be a force for good.” “Great men have always been called. This is your calling.” “This is crazy. But it is fun…” If we learn nothing… Read more

June 5, 2019

By Tommy Moehlman The book of 1-2 Kings is bonkers. Floating axe heads rise from the water. Children resurrect from the dead. These stories are sandwiched between the rise and fall of the Davidic monarchy. The narrator of 1-2 Kings (hereafter Kings) depicts an enchanted world filled with violence, famine, ecstatic prophets, and fire falling from the sky. We rightly ask how these narratives fit together, and more generally, how we might teach and preach from the book of Kings…. Read more

June 3, 2019

The message that John the Baptist brought to God’s people was relatively simple. He called upon them to repent, for the kingdom of heaven was near. This was necessary because the people had a job to do. They had to prepare the way of the Lord, to make his paths straight (Matt 3:1-3). What did John mean by the metaphor “make his paths straight?” Jesus was driving toward a destination that required a straight highway. Israel’s job was to build… Read more

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