The Inner Witness
Imagine this scenario. Someone comes up to you on the street on a warm spring day a few months from now, and asks you, How do you know that Christianity is true? What would you say? What evidence would you refer to? And if this asking person rejects the “evidence” provided by you, in an apparently intelligent way, even logical way, would you be shaken? Would you walk away from the exchange with doubts maybe about the truth of Christianity?Read more...
Play it Safe?
Thinking about Risk
Turn to Luke 21, because we’ll be going there in just a few minutes. But for the moment, follow this line of reasoning with me.
Question: What is risk? Answer: The potential of something adverse happening
Question: Can risk be eliminated? Answer: Risk cannot be completely eliminated; there is always some risk.
RBR (Repent, be Baptized, Receive Holy Spirit)
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call (Acts 2:36-39).
T in the Road
Our passage is Acts 8:26-40. We are all familiar with the story of the meeting of the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip the evangelist.
So here is this important person, head over all the treasury of the queen of Ethiopia. He is returning to Ethiopia after worshiping God in Jerusalem. He is passing through a desert region. There is nothing but sand and sagebrush for miles. But he comes to a "T" in the road--a place where the the road he is on meets another road perpendicular to it. He has two choices. He has to decide.Read more...
This Moment in Time
This year (2020) has been jolting. The very ground has shifted under our feet. It is as though in each week decades of historical development are taking place. We are to be in this world but not of it. Unless we are awake, we will very soon find ourselves bowing down to the current idols side by side with other pagans. God’s law says “You shall have no other elohim [gods] before Me” (Exodus 20:3). Yet we are living in a time when, we have been told,Read more...
God's Forgotten Gift to Every Person (for Covid)
God sends rain on the evil and on the just (Matthew 5:45). He blesses all with air to breath and opportunity to live. His Holy Spirit works for the persuasion of all humans, and Jesus died for all people. Heaven's goal is to help us, redeem us, save us, give life. Humans may forget God, but God does not forget humans. His love is sent out in search of us.
Someone once said, "I love you, let me count the ways." Enumerating the ways someone loves someone might sound fanciful. But sometimes such lists can help us. We forget. We need to hear things from the list.Read more...
The Political Trap
What does America Need?
What does America need? But wait. The first question is, what does the church need? Why do we ask what America needs first? Too often, when we divide religion from the state, the state seems to become preeminently important and religion is left impotent, lurking in the shadows of unimportance.Read more...