In After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters N. T. Wright says Romans 12 is “the start of the ‘so what’ section of Romans.” Proffering a connection between Romans chapter 1 and chapter 12, Wright insists the “renewal of the mind is at the center of the renewal of theRead More

I’m not short on criticism. In fact, I don’t have to work hard at all to be critical. Seems to come rather natural for me. This is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because being critical has given me a sharper intellectual edge in analyzing doctrine andRead More

In After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters N. T. Wright says Romans 12 is “the start of the ‘so what’ section of Romans.” Proffering a connection between Romans chapter 1 and chapter 12, Wright insists the “renewal of the mind is at the center of the renewal of theRead More

Feeling the need to re-post this. Many believers have been involved in some type of small group gathering that typically meets in homes and that is usually sponsored by a local church. Is it important to have guidelines that govern such a gathering? Or should folks come together and justRead More

So often I encounter people who are not merely assertive but aggressive, predominantly coarse rather than careful; people who are eager to expound their opinions and knowledge rather than reserved and reflective, thoughtful and socratic in dialog. Consequently, they often lack an understanding about what others are saying because theyRead More

A quote from Jerry Bridge’s The Pursuit of Holiness (pp. 25-26, 1st ed.): Many Christians have what we might call a “cultural holiness”. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more orRead More

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in conversation with others (many believers, some unbelievers) who say something like, “But the Bible says…” or “Somewhere I read in the Bible that…” You fill in the blank. However, it is often the case that the text does not sayRead More

Dear Pastor, Would you please remember that each time you preach a sermon, you’re not just expositing God’s Word to God’s people, admonishing them to align their beliefs and behavior with God’s will, but you’re also exposing them to your hermeneutical methodology that is the framework from which we understandRead More

I’ve been thinking about this quote from Jerry Bridge’s The Pursuit of Holiness (pp. 25-26, 1st ed.). He writes: Many Christians have what we might call a “cultural holiness”. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more orRead More

Graham Cole has written a keen and insightful essay entitled “WOMEN TEACHING MEN THE BIBLE: WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?”. In it he sketches out 7 considerations why women can teach men the Bible. Those considerations are: Consideration 1: Authority comes from God and his Word Consideration 2: 1 Corinthians 11:3 andRead More