[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
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?
Christians have asked this question centuries. Even in today's globalized, social-media-driven world, Christians are still asking it. In question 60 of the Westminster Larger Catechism, the question is posed: "Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light … Continue reading What About Those Who Have Never Heard?
Top ten lists. That is what the last week of December is for, right? I should probably get in on the action before it's too late. Without further adieu, here are the top ten posts from this small corner of the blogosphere. Thank you all for reading. I am truly humbled. 10. Your Words Have … Continue reading My Top 10 Posts of 2011
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3) How could someone, Paul argues, who has died with Christ through the public display of baptism (the external display of an internal reality; the symbolic representation of our death and resurrection with Christ) … Continue reading Christian and Unbaptized? Unthinkable.
An Android app called CATE (call and text eraser) was created by Phillip Immler, a cop and law student, to hide what you don't want your spouse to see on your phone. No joke. In the online story, the author quotes Immler: "I had a good friend of mine who went through a divorce because … Continue reading Android App Created to Hide Calls and Texts
I am not very old. But with each passing week (more accurately, with each passing failure) I am reminded more and more of how I need the gospel. The gospel is my only hope. Without the gospel, I would be damned. This morning I read Psalm 91, and I focused on verses 1-2. The Psalmist … Continue reading Dwelling With God through the Gospel
One of my favorite moments in the Gospels is from John 11 when Jesus is about to raise Lazarus from the dead. Martha had just told Jesus that if he would have been around, Lazarus wouldn't have died. Jesus says to Martha, "Your brother will rise again," and she replies, "I know that he will … Continue reading Do you hope in the resurrection?
And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed … Continue reading Why is it important to understand the difference between justification and sanctification?
Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. (Romans 3:10) Think about the way you talked today. How did you use your words? Were they used to build up or tear down? To give life or kill? Paul writes that sinners (namely, everyone) … Continue reading Your Words Have the Power of Life and Death