In the previous post, I posted on a sermon from my church. As I'm blogging through my church's sermons, I should make a note that I don't necessarily agree with everything that the speaker says. In this week's sermon, there were a few things that I took issue with. I have no doubt that preacher … Continue reading Some of My Thoughts About Hell
How Should I Be Thinking About Hell? Series: Debated: Answering Hard Questions About Christianity Pastor Jeff Dart What does the Bible say about hell? Matthew 5:22 is a key text. Jesus talks about Gehenna. Gehenna (Gk.) was a valley ("Valley of Hinnom" in English) that was used by pagan kings and Hebrew kings to make … Continue reading Sermon 5: How should I be thinking about hell?
A powerful, mind-blowing piece. I'm thanking God for Matt Chandler, trembling at God's sovereignty, and confessing my tendency to escape suffering at all costs.
As the past year closed, Listverse gave some interesting facts about what America was like 100 years ago. From their website: In 1909 none of these things had been invented: zippers, band-aids, traffic lights, bubble gum, penicillin, sunglasses, ballpoint pens, shopping carts, nylon stockings, kitty litter, and milk cartons. In the US there were about … Continue reading Some facts about 1909
Is there another way to talk about abortion? Series: Debated: Answering Hard Questions About Christianity Guest Preacher Ed Noble, Journey Community Church, San Diego At our church, we are unashamedly pro-life, but we are not angrily or condemningly pro-life. This is not a political issue." God 101: Unpacking God's Heart for Life God as Creator. … Continue reading Sermon 4: Is there another way to talk about abortion?
Piper wrote a blog about his 2010 writing leave. I thought his last reason for why he writes was particularly cool -- and down to earth. Finally, there is an inner impulse that I cannot explain that drives me to write. I would write if there were no possibility of publication. I have hundreds of … Continue reading One Reason John Piper Writes
From a recent sermon by Mark Driscoll on temptation: Most of you don’t believe this: escape is always possible. What happens is, for some of us, the hook has been there so long that it’s like, “I can’t ever get free of it. I used to eat all the bait. Now, I eat some of … Continue reading Escaping Temptation
I think a huge reason for my spiritual ups and downs is the fact that I tend to look at my subjective feelings more often than I look at God's proven faithfulness and goodness. As I spent time reading the Bible earlier in Psalm 13, my heart rejoiced with David's words: I will sing to … Continue reading One Reason We Sing
Is Jesus the Only Way to God? Series: Debated: Answering Hard Questions About Christianity Pastor Steve Moltumyr John 14:6; 1 John 4:1-10 There are three ways to deal with this most important question: You can outlaw religion (such as China and the former Soviet Union). You can condemn religion through education. You can keep religion … Continue reading Sermon 2: Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
Jesus had just fed over 10,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. After that, he walked on water to get to his disciples who had left by boat earlier in the afternoon. Not bad for a day's work. But the next day when the crowds found Jesus, they asked, "When did you … Continue reading Jesus Doesn’t Just Give Bread, He is Bread