[Through Jesus we have received] grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:5-6) The first Christmas was a mission trip. The mission trip of all mission trips. Jesus left the comforts … Continue reading Day 23: Christmas: A Mission to the Nations
Thanks for joining me today, as I interview the Apostle Paul again to help us better understand Philippians 3. Let’s get started.Paul, thanks for joining me again. Can you tell me why you wrote Philippians 3:2-17? To write the same things to the Philippians is no trouble to me and was safe for them. Okay, well … Continue reading An Interview with the Apostle Paul on True Righteousness
A song by Johnny Cash, taken from the Apostle Paul: O Death, where is thy sting? O Grief, where is they victory? O Life, you are a shining path. And hope springs eternal, just over the rise, When I see my redeemer beckoning me. Oh row my ship over the waves of your sea Let … Continue reading “1 Corinthians 15:55”
The apostle Paul is the greatest missionary Christianity has ever known, behind only the Lord Jesus himself. Paul was a frontier missionary. He went where no one had gone before. He blazed new trails. In God's providence, Paul is the reason Christianity spread around the world. While on the frontier, Paul had a lot of … Continue reading How the Apostle Paul Did Frontier Missions
Here's a portion of my sermon, "Work Out Your Own Salvation" from Philippians 2:12-13. Paul doesn’t give us a three-step process for sanctification (there are very few, if any, of those in Scripture). Rather, he describes a heart disposition that characterizes “working out your own salvation.” At the end of verse 12, he says to … Continue reading Tremble Because God Did That, Not You
Often, the mystery of how we grow as Christians baffles us. There are some Christians who say, "God takes care of all the work. Those commands in the Bible simply show you that you can't do them and need Jesus." Others say, "No, you gotta clench your fists and get to work. God gets this … Continue reading The Miracle of Striving
Romans 7:14-25, is a controversial passage. As controversial as they come (well, maybe behind the one on tongues). Good, Jesus-loving Christians divide over what Paul is talking about. In case you are unfamiliar with the argument, there are three main views: Some believe that the "I" in the passage is Paul speaking autobiographically as a Christian, … Continue reading Why I Changed My Mind on Romans 7:14-25
What are you all about? If you are a church leader, what is your church all about? If you had to give a one-word answer, what would you say? As Paul begins his letter to the Romans, he writes that he has been called to be an apostle, "set apart for the gospel of God" … Continue reading What Are You All About?
At Brookside Church (our church here in Omaha), our middle school students are working through 1 Timothy and our middle school pastor asked the students to write down questions they had after reading through the whole book during one of their large group meetings. He asked if I would answer a few of their questions … Continue reading What in the World is Going on in 1 Timothy 2?!
I believe there is a future for Israel. Early in my departure from dispensationalism, I didn't want to believe that, however. In my exodus from Left Behind theology, I didn't want to believe in a rapture, a distinctively "Jewish" millennial kingdom, or a literal end-time temple where Jews and the nations would come to sacrifice and worship. I … Continue reading The Future of Israel