essays & expositions

Resources below consist of essays and biblical studies I’ve written over the years. From general topics in systematic theology, religious pluralism, doctrine, philosophy, and apologetics to small group materials designed for Sunday School classes, one-on-one discipleship, or personal devotion, this content is intended to inspire, encourage, and empower minds and hearts from a biblically faithful world and life view.

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The Mystery of God Incarnate: An Analysis and Critique of John Hick’s Christology
Faith and Reason: Friends or Foes?
Why Believe God Exists?
Reaching Islam: Doing It Paul’s Way
Why Apologetics is Important to Your Church
Resurrection or Reincarnation?
Letter to a Yogi
Natural Theology and Cosmology
The Divine Command Dilemma: A Christian Appraisal


Toward a Christian Theology
Augustine and Freedom: Some Tentative Philosophical Conclusions
The Mystery of God Incarnate
Christ and Chalcedon
John Hick’s Religious Epistemology Reconsidered
The Character of God
The Making of Theology
Does God Really Change His Mind?


The Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Gospel, Part 1
The Gospel, Part 2
The Gospel, Part 3
The Gospel, Part 4
The Gospel, Part 5
The Gospel, Part 6
The Gospel, Part 7
The Gospel, Part 8
The Gospel, Part 9
The Gospel, Part 10
The Gospel, Part 11
The Gospel, Part 12
The Gospel, Part 13

Against Baptismal Regeneration
Election and Salvation in John’s Gospel
Faith without Works: James 2:14-26
Is Hell Going Out of Business?


Philippians 1:1-2
Philippians 1:3-11
Philippians 1:12-30
Philippians 2:1-11
Philippians 2:12-30
Philippians 3:1-6
Philippians 3:7-14
Philippians 3:15-21
Philippians 4:1-9
Philippians 4:10-13
Philippians 4:14-23

1 Peter Introduction
1 Peter 1:1-12
1 Peter 1:13-25
1 Peter 2:1-10
1 Peter 2:11-17
1 Peter 2:18-23
1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Peter 3:8-12
1 Peter 3:13-22

Ephesians 1:3-14
Ephesians 1:15-23
Ephesians 2:1-10
Ephesians 2:11-22

1 John Introduction
1 John 1:1-4
1 John 1:5-7
1 John 1:8-2:2
1 John 2:3-17
1 John 2:18-28
1 John 3:1-9
1 John 3:10-24
1 John 4:1-6
1 John 4:7-21
1 John 5:1-5
1 John 5:6-10
1 John 5:11-21

 Christian Spirituality

Our Strength, His Power: Who We Are and Why It Matters
The Sufficiency and Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit in Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections
Bible Verses for Faith in Times of Stress
Small Group Philosophy of Ministry
Small Group Member Opportunities to Serve
Signs of Maturity
Proverbs with a Purpose
Being Jesus’ Disciple
Follow the Leader: Gleanings from Jesus’ Leadership

Understanding the Bible, Part 1
Understanding the Bible, Part 2
Understanding the Bible, Part 3
Yielding Spiritual Fruit
Using Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual Disciplines: What Are They?
Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer, Fasting, Journaling
Spiritual Disciplines: Memorization, Meditation
Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude, Silence, Simplicity
Spiritual Disciplines: Modeling Jesus (Obedience)
Spiritual Disciplines: Secrecy, Sacrifice
Spiritual Disciplines: Service, Submission
Spiritual Disciplines: Fellowship, Confession
Spiritual Disciplines: Worship, Celebration
Spiritual Disciplines: Recommended Reading

Why Pray?
Preparing to Pray
Jesus’ Prayer Life
The Disciples’ Prayer
Prayer for Maturity
Prayer for Love and Purity
Prayer for Power
Prayer for Ministry
God’s Providence, Our Prayer

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ). Galatians 3:28


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