Do black lives “matter”? John 3:16 is answer enough. Selah. But John 3:16 demonstrates something infinitely more “dope” than any particular cultural movement. This verse reveals that ultimately, Jesus matters…the One who demonstrated that the pinnacle of the human condition is suffering to the glory of God. Contrary to the culture of His day, the…Read More
Depression & Being Clothed With Christ’s Righteousness
Many believers in Scripture experienced depression, emotional pain and distress: Elijah “I have had enough Lord, he said. Take my life, I am not better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4 Job “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?” Job 3:11“I have no peace, no quietness, I…Read More
God’s Power Over Nature
During a ski outing in Colorado several years ago, snow had fallen heavily. I skied into a patch of deep snow late in the day and was instantly buried up to my chest. I struggled to get out, but my struggling just seemed to make it worse. As the minutes wore on, I became exhausted. …Read More
Baylen Levine: Child of Pseudomodernism?
It may seem surreal to some that a 21-year old man is able to make hundreds of thousands of dollars walking around Wal-Mart performing expletive-laden “pranks” sprinkled with sexual innuendo, “stealing” golf carts, and making noises of flatulation next to senior citizens. Yet that is the plight of Baylen Levine, who is at first glance…Read More
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When Perceptions of Reality Clash
Each one of us views life’s events through our own unique position in the world. We bring our own backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and personalities into how we view each and every situation. As a result, when trying to sort out a conflict, differing stories risk deepening the division. The truth is Biblical, right? So we…Read More
Why the Doctrine of “Christ Alone” is Vital to Christianity
To trust in (πείθω, be persuaded in, won over to) Jesus Christ is to be convinced that He alone can rescue, He alone can save. The key phrase in the question above is “Jesus Christ alone”. “Alone” means that I trust in Jesus Christ and no one else, including myself. Neither my willpower nor my…Read More
Is secular psychology able to offer true & helpful information about the human condition?
A question I hear discussed frequently goes something like “what do Christian counselors think of drugs and secular psychology? Are they helpful?” I respond to that question below, but first, an understanding of the limitations of common grace and an understanding of special grace will prove beneficial. Common Grace Generally speaking, common grace is the…Read More
The Dual Nature of Man
Scripture refers to man as a unified, complex, singular being having two elements: a body and a soul. Man is not a duality, he is a unity 1. God created mankind as a physical and spiritual being. Louis Berkhof said, “It is customary, especially in Christian circles, to conceive of man as consisting of two,…Read More
Trust: a key component of saving faith
Generally speaking, saving faith in the history of the church has been comprised of three elements, notitia, or “knowledge”; assensus, or “assent”; and fiducia, or “trust.” Faith is not a blind leap in the dark – as atheists would like us to believe. Faith has substance (Hebrews 11:6): knowledge rooted in the Word of God…Read More
The Chief End of Medicine
“Patient-centered care” is often seen as the highest goal in medicine. But is patient-centered care the highest goal for the Christian physician? Most Christian physicians would, of course, say no. Jay Adams said that the highest goal of medicine is “to enable a man to use his body to honor God as an instrument of…Read More
What does “pray continually” mean?
“…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6:17-18) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1…Read More