Having taught a class on suffering and evil recently, I’m always looking to expand my knowledge on topics that I will likely teach again. When I learned Michael Gorman recommended Laura Reece Hogan’s book, I Live, No Longer I: Paul’s Spirituality of Suffering, Transformation, and Joy, I quickly requested a review copy from theRead More

exhortation | ek-ˌsȯr-ˈtā-shən | noun | an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something In Philippians 2:12-13, Paul issues a general exhortation to the believers of Philippi, then spells out more precisely (2:14ff) how it should look in their lives. What follows are some observations on the general appeal. Paul refersRead More

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 Four observations. This is not some carte blanch guarantee that we will always have our needs met, much less our desires. Like every verse in the Bible, it must beRead More

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. PhilippiansRead More

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through himRead More

For believers, the answer to the question “Who’s on first?” is “Others are!” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 The Apostle PaulRead More

For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. Philippians 3:18-19Read More

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearanceRead More

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gainRead More