This article focuses on the preaching of John Chrysostom. Attention is given to answering the question: what is the role of the preacher in the process of bringing change in the lives of those to whom he is preaching?
This article explains that the ten commandments teach us more than just how to believe; they teach what it looks like for the holy and righteous character of God to take on flesh in the context of a sinful and fallen world.
There are four misconceptions about sanctification. This article mentions them, and explains how to counter them: sanctification is loving the Triune God, calmness in life, repentance, and law-keeping.
What could be reasons for lack of prayer? This article suggests the following: lack of motivation, not knowing what to pray for, and God’s sovereignty. The author goes on to shows how an understanding of God’s promises will fuel believers to pray.
Are children born with Down's Syndrome undeserving of life as some say? This article shows that being created in the image of God gives unconditional value and dignity also to those with Down's Syndrome.
Why did the ancient Greeks and Romans have no place for hospitals? This article indicates that paganism had no real basis for compassion. But as Christ is full of compassion, Christians sought to emulate that compassion, which provided the driving force behind early Christian medical care.
How are business and spiritual formation related? This article answers by explaining that trustworthiness, fairness, and perseverance are some of the characters for the spiritual formation of a Christian in the business sector.
What is it that makes shopping so addictive? What drives consumerism? This article gives the answer: worship. The author explains that we worship either God or idols, and it shows how we can fight consumerism by finding our treasure in heaven.
How and where do the Psalms speak about Christ? This article explains both the popular and academic views, giving due attention to just how Christ is present in the Psalms. Among other things it explains the meaning of typology and sensus plenior.
Are the laws of physics contradicting the possibility of creation? Laws do not create, they can only describe what happens under certain conditions. So the claim that science contradicts creation is not true.
Self-promotion can go under the disguise of seeking great things for Christ. This article shows how narcissism is a danger to many pastors, and how can they fight it through the desire to serve while still being ambitious.
Can a Christian be in business, pursue profit, and remain faithful at the same time? This article draws from the life of Joseph to show that it is possible to have business, profits, and biblical norms match.
When discussing the Sunday worship service, there is increasingly less talk about "worshipping God" and more talk about "the worship experience." This article calls for a rethinking of the kind of experience that many are looking for in worship. Christianity offers nothing less than a God-given message about Immanuel.
The efforts to reconcile Genesis 1-Genesis 2 with the theory of evolution will always lead to a different reading of the creation account. This article argues that Genesis 1 must be understood to record creation in six days.
How can Christians be helped to grow in their praying? This article lays out some suggestions. We first need to understand the gospel aspect of our praying, that Christ is our mediator and is interceding for us in heaven. We may also be helped in making use of the Psalms, in ordering our prayers, in concentrating on God first, and in reading works that contain the prayers of saints.
Faith is not against reason. Understanding God to be the source of knowledge, and taking into account the fall of man and the impact it has on his reasoning, this article shows that faith is in harmony with reason and at times beyond it.
This article explains that the redefinition of marriage that allows for so-called homosexual marriage is a sign of a crumbling foundation in society. For such a society to regain stability, it must make a choice for true marriage, and not for madness.
This article identifies and assesses five aspects of contemporary Christianity and church life that hinder church attendance. It speaks of different kinds of Christians, like the "pew-monia," "recliner," and self-centred Christian. The author also shares ways of curing the problems, by giving thought to Paul's counsel in 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1.
The justice of God was a concept that filled Martin Luther with fear. His efforts in trying to satisfy God’s standards brought him frustration. This article shows that to understand this we must know the context in which Luther lived.
Some stumbling blocks are necessary, others are the result of sin, and still others require considerable wisdom to deal with them. This article explains how the Christian is to be aware of the differences, and how the Christian life is a paraodox, one of seeking to please everyone, yet not living to please man.
This article explains the need to pray for the forgiveness of sins especially in a culture where sin is being denied even in the church. Confessing our sins is a way provided by God to deal with our guilt.
Christianity encouraged the study of science. This article gives four things that fuelled scientific studies from a Christian worldview. It argues that with the disappearance of Christianity, there will also be a disappearance of scientific studies.
This article looks at the theme in the letter to the Galatians of the place of the law. Attention is devoted especially to Galatians 3:1-Galatians 4:7. The law was given as a pointer to the coming of Christ, and it finds its fulfilment in him.
This article shows that the our culture increasingly objectifies women and sexualizes children. The author sounds the call for Christians to stand up against the hyper-sexualization of our culture, and critique the culture in discussions with children and teenagers.
In answer to the New Perspective on Paul, this article shows that Paul is not the only one who taught justification by faith. In fact, Jesus Christ taught the same doctrine. This article proves that and points to the reality that without this doctrine, there is no hope for salvation.
This article shows that penal substitution is the teaching that does justice to the biblical teaching of atonement. It gives balance to God’s love and justice, shows the involvement of the Triune God, and embraces the total work of Christ.
What does it mean to love God with all our minds? This article discusses what Christian thinking should look like. The Christian mind finds liberation in knowing Christ, while the worldly mind seeks to be separate from Christ.
Sex as God designed it is to be enjoyed in a heterosexual marriage. Our bodies are designed to operate best with one partner for life. This article discusses this, explaining that sexual activity goes through three different phases: desire, love, and attachment. This is why sex as the Bible defines it is the best.
The reality is that most children will be exposed to pornography. This article shows the impact pornography has on girls and boys. It shows the role parents can play by teaching their children about technology and sex, and praying for them.
The doctrine of inerrancy upholds the truth that the Bible can be trusted in everything that it says. This article explains what this means by looking at the nature of the Bible, and the importance of upholding inerrancy. It answers objections to this doctrine.
The sexual revolution with its promotion of cohabitation, contraceptives, legalized abortion, easy divorce, feminism, and the promotion of gay rights has led to the demise of marriage. But, as this article shows, it also gives the church the opportunity to witness about the beauty of marriage.
God's timing, while at times appearing to be slow or even late, is always right. This is true for events in redemptive history; it is equally true for the individual lives of his children. This article elaborates, and calls us to have our timing synchronized with God's timing. It draws out several biblical principles on how to develop a sense of divine timing.
This article explains that who we are behind closed doors reveals the true index of our spirituality. It reflects on the importance of duty, and it stresses the importance of living with the sense that your life is fully visible to God.
Should Christians be actively involved in a political party? This article interrogates three perspectives on politics and Christianity: those who favour direct involvement, those who favour conditional involvement, and those who favour comprehensive disengagement with a political party.
Man must believe, yet it is impossible for man to choose to believe in Christ. How can both these statements be true? This is at the heart of the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. This article explains this relationship.
Open theism claims that God does not really know the future. This article shows that if that were true, Romans 8:28-29 would be meaningless. God has complete foreknowledge of the future, including our suffering.
Why is that churches decline, and how do they recover? This article explains that a church declines when it loses its first love, shuns suffering, becomes lax in its orthodoxy, tolerates immorality, lacks spiritual life, and senses no personal need. The author goes on to explain several ways that churches recover, and experience renewed spiritual growth.
What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you. This article explains that a right understanding of God is basic to both theology and practical Christian living. Wrong thoughts of God lead to idolatry.
How is the Christian to make sense of suffering and pain? This article explains that the Bible does not dwell so much on people's pain as it does on the importance of their, and our, response to the suffering. God has his purposes in our suffering, and he is sovereign over both the now and not yet; therefore, we are to depend upon God for wisdom and growth in faith.
The conflict between evangelism and social actions within the church is what has shaped the church’s response to how to address the question of poverty. This article traces the answer of the church throughout history. It shows that the difference between biblical and secular charity is that one is led by love while the other is led by guilt.
Though we come to know that we will eventually die, we typically do not appreciate this fact until we take a first-person perspective on the matter. This article raises the matter of change and decay, and shows that if there is no God, life is meaningless.
How does the church combat the influence of consumerism in today's worship? This article explains that the church must understand the nature of worship, the focus of the worship service, the style of worship, and the Lord’s Day as the day of worship.
One of the themes celebrated in the Psalms is that God reigns. This theme was the heart of Israel’s worship, but was also a call to mission work. This article shows that the Psalms have the same call for the church today.
Looking at Romans 7, this article asks the following questions. Is it talking about the experience of Paul before conversion? Is it talking about the possibility of perfection? Is it about the present Christian experience? This article suggests that the answer impacts how you think about holiness.
This article identifies the ancient heretic Marcion as perhaps the greatest influence on today's evangelical church. The church has become practically Marcionite on account of its emphasis on the love of God to the utter ignoring of everything else, its neglect of the Old Testament, and its lack of interest in singing Psalms. The net result is and will be the worship of a God different from that of the Scriptures.
Revelation is a book that every Christian must read in order to see that God would have us experience true reality, where God is sovereign, Satan is real, believers are victorious, and believers fight alongside Jesus.
The difference between John Calvin and the Westminster Confession is found in their historical context and theological methodology. Does this mean that they are different in their teaching? This article looks at points of similarities to show that their teachings are consistent.
Comparing the claims of postmodernism and the Bible on the subject of truth, this article shows that the starting point for biblical truth is found in God himself. This article shows how this impacts apologetics and the Christian life.
Do we only have four Gospels? This is the question that the Da Vince Code has managed to bring to debate again. Looking at the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Judas and other Gospels, this article asks, Are they presenting competing Christianities or are they apocryphal? It gives four basic reasons why they should be regarded as false gospels.
What good thing can come out of the New Perspective on Paul? This article highlights some positives, but also explains that the damage to the biblical teaching on justification by this teaching is far greater.
Why is it that some Christians see science as contradicting Scripture? In thinking about the relationship between faith and science, this article shows that most Christians think that way because they fall into one of the four traps.
This article shows that the question that begins with, "What is the best method for…?" is the wrong question for the church to ask. God does not delight in using methods or machinery. He delights in using men of prayer.
This article looks at the relationship of general revelation and ethics. It shows that though an appeal can be made to general revelation for ethics, there is still a need for special revelation, which points to Christ.
Two questions face Christians in their reading of the Bible. How can they understand it and apply it? This article shows that the answer is rooted in understanding the nature of God’s Word, the meaning of the passage, and the purpose of the passage. These are essential to Bible reading.
God determined that elders should rule his church. This article explains the qualifications for eldership, the advantage of having a plurality of elders, and the elders' responsibility to organize congregational participation in the process of electing elders.
At the heart of living in communion with God is the call to holiness. This article shows that holiness in increased in the Christian life by looking at Christ, for holiness comes by Christ and for Christ.
The goal of Christian education is to present a Christian view of life and the world to its students. This article shows the challenges facing the churches and what to do about them to enable Christian schools to remain Christian.
Apologetics has to do with preparing the soil for the gospel by trying to answer rational obstacles unbelievers may have. This article discusses the basis of such an engagement and why it is important.
How do you find the will of God? For many, this question is a source of anxiety, but it need not be. This article explains that a desire for guidance may be directed by a desire to live for God, but can also be directed by unbelief and fear. To help the believer work through the issue, the author formulates a biblical approach to the matter of seeking God's will.
This article explains how in the Christian life, there are times when the good may actually be enemy of the best. Christians have to choose between good and better, and the article lists some biblical examples of this.
Without the preaching of the law, there will be no knowledge of sin, no understanding of God’s wrath, and no need to run to Christ as the Saviour. However, the problem with modern evangelism and evangelicalism is that the law is left out.
Crime increase is not rooted in poverty or single-parent families. Its basic root is when people turn their backs against God. It seems that the best way to keep crime under control is to cultivate traditional virtues in each rising generation.
Does Scripture make a promise that divine healing is a blessing that flows out of Christ's atoning work? This article shows that this passage does not promise physical healing based on Christ’s atonement. Total healing will only come when Christ returns.
The division between the sacred and secular has affected how Christians think about their work. This article shows that the coming of Christ, the goodness of creation, and the priesthood of all believers destroy this division.
Is the Lord’s Day under an identity crisis? This article answers in the negative, by showing the origin of the Sabbath, the relationship between the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day, and the discontinuity and continuity between the two. It shows how the Lord’s Day is the fulfilment of the OT promises of the Sabbath.
Are you involved in church shopping, being critical, and having minimal attendance? These and others are signs of consumerism in the church. This article shows that partnership is the cure to church consumerism.
When prayer focuses on what we need, then we are bound to neglect the One we need. Prayer becomes a shopping list, not a gaze at God. How can you change such an approach? This article answers that question.
Is it possible for a Christian to be demon-possessed? This article explains that the answer has to be in the negative, particularly when we appreciate the work of Christ in saving us and the fact that we are in Christ.
What happens to the unevangelized? This article explains that the reality of hell, the biblical description of the state of unbelievers, and the truth that Christ is the only way should answer the question.
The desire for church growth has led the church to fall into the trap of pragmatism. This article shows that God’s strategy for church growth is found in weakness. From 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 we see how this weakness is revealed in the message, the preacher, and the church.
What the church needs for church planting and missions, God has provided in the book of Acts. Acts records the progress of the Word, and this article shows how this progress happened and what it means for the church today.
When we lose the holiness of God, sin loses its meaning, and the gospel becomes meaningless. This is what has happened; the church has lost a sense of God’s holiness. How did it happen and how can the church regain it? These are the questions this article will answer.
Two things constitute revival: a new enjoyment of God and many new converts join the church. This twofold pattern appears repeatedly in the book of Acts. This article comments on how revival can come the church today.
Our Saviour was not emotionless. Christ displayed compassion, anger, grief, joy, and love. This article shows that those who are being transformed to the image of Christ are also called to learn to experience the same emotions.
Is the New Testament anti-Semitic? This article argues that such a question would be a horror to New Testament writers. Their message is consistent with the Old Testament message about Jews and Israel. They wrote out love for Jews, with a longing for their salvation. Therefore, there is no valid charge of anti-Semitism.
There are six common reasons given to prove that Christians cannot engage in politics. This article examines these six reasons, and shows that they do not hold water. Christians are called to be the salt of the earth, and that applies also to politics.
Believing the resurrection of Christ is not a matter of blind faith, but reasonable faith. The resurrected Jesus had his many eyewitnesses, and the Old Testament itself prophesided that the suffering servant would be vindicated.
As parents you want to be involved in the schooling of your child. How best can you do that? This article gives ten commandments that can assist parents in the improving the school work of their children.
Meditation involves holding an object in our view, considering it from every angle, refusing to turn our eyes from it, drinking it in, and seeking to understand it fully. This article shows that this is what Psalm 119 does, and what every believer must do.
Does God have a purpose? This article shows that the Bible is the record of the various stages through which the plan of God proceeds. Knowing that God has a purpose helps in reading the Bible and giving our life meaning.
The relationship between Christianity and culture can be viewed from three perspectives: Christianity may be subordinate to culture, it can destroy culture, or it can consecrate culture. This article chooses for consecration and it shows what it means.
If unbelievers are described as those who do not have the fear of God, then the believer must be described as a God-fearing man or woman. This article shows that without a proper fear of God it is impossible to live for Him.
Is open theism a case of good intentions gone wrong? Open theism affirms that God answers prayer, shows that God is love, and wants to make theology practical. But as this article shows, open theism is wrong because it rejects the biblical view of God.
There are three things that hinder Christians from evangelizing at the workplace: long-term nature of workplace relationship, desire for praise, and the challenge of when and how to discuss Christianity. From John 15, this article shows how these can be overcome.
How should Christians respond to the promise of mono-culture promised by New Age? To detect the counterfeit teaching of the New Age Movement, Christians must know what they do not believe, learn to loathe the enemy, and know what they stand on.
This article explains that recognition of our sinfulness and the consequent repentance are essential parts of our praise in worship. We need to have enough of an understanding of God in order to lament about the darkness in our lives. And when we encounter God in his fullness, our desperation can be turned to gratitude.
The apostle Paul, with all the problems he experienced in Corinth, wrote that the power of the gospel lies in preaching Christ crucified. The church has always needed to hear about sin, judgment, grace, and redemption.
Is art an evil, or part of God's gifts to the the world? This article shows how church history has witnessed swings between total embrace and iconoclasm. The author goes on to explain that the doctrines of creation, man, revelation, and eschatology that must shape our thinking about art.
Matthew 1:23 quotes Isaiah 7:16 to proof that Christ was the promised Messiah. Did Matthew misread Isaiah? By looking at the meaning of "Immanuel" and virgin girl, this article shows that Matthew was right.
Was Noah’s flood universal or local? Looking at both the internal evidence from the Bible and the external evidence this article shows that Noah’s flood as recorded in Genesis 6-Genesis 8 was universal. The story of the flood is not a myth; it is a reality that spoke of God’s judgment, but also his faithfulness.
This article gives a historical overview to the practice of the crucifixion. It reveals the torture behind this method, but most of all it reveals that Jesus endured this as part of God wrath, for our sins, which is the main message of the cross.
Christian schools can help young people regain true morality through regaining the moral certainty themselves, taking the difficulty children face seriously, showing that actions have consequences, and being clear about the purpose of the Christian life.
Is there hope for marriage after adultery? This article shows that through God’s grace, a willingness to face the pain, and a showing of repentance and forgiveness, marriage can be saved after the sin of adultery.
By a miracle we are referring to an act of God breaking into, changing, or interrupting the ordinary course of things. This article shows that the question behind miracles is not about miracles but the existence of God. It gives four reasons why we should believe that miracles mentioned in the Bible indeed happened.
Parenting can be shaped by idolatry. This article shows how the idol of comfort, respect, appreciation, and success can shape the way parents respond in their relationship with teens. It shows that this can be conquered by embracing biblical principles for parenting.
Christians are required to maintain a balance in how they speak. This article shows that this balance is needed in speaking the truth in love, rebuking error but also upholding the truth, and exercising freedom without offending.
Satan’s attack on the church has been through persecution or undermining Christ’s truth. This article shows how the Jesus Seminar undermines the historicity of Christ and the reliability of the gospels.
Parents who refuse to use corporal punishment are not simply being foolish, they are deliberately ignoring God’s clear commandments. This article shows that parents are required to combine love and discipline, which should include corporal punishment.
To desensitize soldiers to killing, they are taken through a training method of brutalization, classical conditioning, operant conditioning and role modelling. This article argues that by displaying violence and killing, the media uses the same method. Thus, we reap a culture of violence. What can the church do to help change the culture?
Can Christians who are divorced remarry? This article shows that answering the question of remarriage will depend on distinguishing between divorce as undesirable but not necessarily evil and the evil that caused divorce.
This article explains how Genesis 3:15 is not only the first announcement of the gospel, but is also a window through which we see the whole of history that speaks about the sovereignty of God, the power of his grace, and the justice and victory he brings.
It is the only book that does not mention God’s name or even prayer. Why did God give us the book of Esther? This article gives an overview of the message of the book. It shows that it is via implications that the book speaks at its best.
How do people come to be atheist? In tracing the development of Jean-Paul Sartre's theory of existentialism and atheism, this article shows that Christians have a responsibility to face skepticism by showing people that without God, life is meaningless.
Theistic evolution is the idea that God used a random process of chance to create the world. This article shows that such a view is inconsistent with the biblical message of creation, fall, and redemption.
In the face of shifting models for ministry, how should theological colleges train pastors today? This article considers three images of ministry and their impact upon the identity of seminaries in America and elsewhere. The images are that of the pastor-theologian, the professional, and the enterprising healer.
When coming to the issue of sex, there are only two choices: God’s voice or the world's. God’s voice set boundaries, and the world has no boundaries. This article shows how you can keep God’s boundaries.
Ideas have consequences. What are the consequences of the theory of evolution? This article shows that to embrace evolution is to embrace death, since life according to it is a cruel place created by the impersonal process of chance.
The effort to reconcile evolution and the creation story as recorded in Genesis 1-2 cannot work. The reason is that Genesis records history, and there is enough evidence to conclude that it is not poetry. The article considers the evidence.
In a court there are five crucial principles used to test the credibility of a witness. Does the witness of the Gospels and Paul about the resurrection measure up? This article shows that the witnesses of the resurrection of Christ are credible, faithful, and true.
True science and Christian faith have often been allies in history instead of at odds with one another. This article shows how scientists in history were motivated by faith in God and aimed to understand his creation for his glory.
Teenagers have lot of good questions. This article shows that this is the starting point to teach them apologetics. The goal is to present Christ and the Christian worldview clearly, while acknowledging the limits of apologetics.
Adolescence should not be seen as a problem to solve or a stage to get through. It is a gift to the youth, parents, and the church. Make it a time to grow in wisdom and maturity while enjoying the goodness of the Creator. This is what this article suggests.
Biotechnology has put on the table the question of what is man. This article looks at the challenges posed by biotechnology and how Christians can respond to them by affirming the biblical view of man.
Do you find yourself late at church? Being late may be dishonouring to God, hinder the work of the Spirit, and lead to hypocrisy. This article shows ways to arrive on time for the worship service on a Sunday.
Postmodernism says you can construct your own reality, truth, and values. This article shows how such mentality has affected school education, as it undermines reality, understanding of knowledge and values. The article also offers suggestions on how Christians may engage with postmodernism.
Education should aim at helping children be responsible before God, others, and in the world. It should help children develop their skills and character. This article shows how educators can do this in Christian schools but also in public schools.