Christians are described as aliens and strangers in this world. This article shows that this characterization means that Christians are to live with a desire and longing for home. At the same time they are given a foretaste of heaven through the communion of saints. Wisdom is knowing how to live with this longing amidst struggles in this life.
The Christian life is in many ways a paradoxical life. Christians live in an 'in-between', an interim, that is full of contradictions. We are citizens of a perfect world, living in an imperfect world.
What should the relationship between the church and politics look like? This question is rooted in a bigger struggle; namely, the struggle of the church to relate to society in general. Sometimes politics is used by church members to try influence society. The author looks at church history to better understand how the church should relate to society. He focusses his discussion on freedom of religion and the difficulty in establishing a moral consensus.
How can a Christian survive a culture that is hostile to God? it is through remembering the reality of sin, the last days, the Lord's Day, fellowship, and Christ that Christians can resist this worldly culture.
The growing toleration for wickedness in the world and the intolerance of Christian truth signals looming persecution for Christians. This article shares some ways in which parents can prepare children for persecution.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. Being a pilgrim is a result of being a follower of Christ. Like Christ, Christians must learn to face suffering (Peter 2:21). This article shows how Christians can follow in Christ's footsteps by submitting to suffering without being vengeful.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. What makes them pilgrims? They are pilgrims because they are aware of the end. They know that this world will come to an end in order to fulfill God’s purpose for His church. The awareness of this end shapes the way Christians live their lives in this world as they journey toward the eternal city.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. How can Christians travel on this journey? Pilgrims depend on the preached word of God as their food, as is stated in 1 Peter 2:2. Looking at the analogy of milk, the author discusses the characteristics of this preaching.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Why is this so? This article names God’s election as the cause of this. By electing individuals, God has prepared heaven for them. Therefore, the daily life of a Christian is filled with hope and an eager desire to be home.