How a believer understands the atonement of Christ has a significant impact on how they respond to tragedy. In this post, I explain how a Biblical understanding of God’s wrath is essential to understanding and resting in the sufficiency of God’s love. God’s Wrath Although the idea of a wrathful God has fallen on hard…

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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…

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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…

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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. …

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It may seem surreal to some that a 21-year old man is able to make hundreds of thousands[1] of dollars walking around Wal-Mart performing expletive-laden “pranks”[2] 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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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“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…

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“…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…

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