Paul ran from Christ; Christ pursued Paul. Paul resisted Christ; Christ disarmed Paul. Paul persecuted Christ; Christ converted him. Paul was an alien; Christ made him a member of the family.” – Lewis B. Smedes, All Things Made New, p. 119 While it is true that “everyone who calls onRead More

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing ifRead More

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. – John 1:10-11 Reading through John and discussing it with my wife these days. What struck me aboutRead More

Heard a radio interview where the guest speaker recited Romans 8:28 saying essentially that God creates good out of the bad in the world. It’s as if to say that “God comes in behind us and cleans up our mess.” I know this is a popular reading of this passageRead More

Dear Complementarian: If you hold to the theological position that God the Son is eternally (read “permanently”) subordinate to God the Father and then ground your belief that submission of the wife to the husband is permanently true because of this theological position, then what does this text mean? AtRead More

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Ps 115:3 The history of the universe, from beginning to end, is governed, planned, guided, and directed toward the loving ends of the all-wise and all-powerful Creator. Nothing eventuates which has not already been intended, either permissively or purposefully, by theRead More

Does God forget my sins when he forgives my sins? Aren’t we supposed to “forgive and forget?” After all, the Bible clearly states “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25). And, Jeremiah exclaims “For IRead More

Death does not have the final word. The resurrection of Christ assures all believers that we will some day be raised and that something better does indeed lie beyond our existence here on earth (Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:54-57; Philip. 3:21). Not only the guarantee of our future resurrection, butRead More

Once again N. T. Wright has done an eloquent job articulating a very difficult teaching that so many for so long have wrestled with intellectually, existentially, or both. This short book goes a long way toward building a framework for understanding practical ways to live in the brokenness of creationRead More