Acts 20 – A Mighty Balsa Wood Boat
This article is an exposition of the apostle Paul's farewell speech to the Ephesians in Acts 20.
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This article is an exposition of the apostle Paul's farewell speech to the Ephesians in Acts 20.
This article discusses the meaning of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 15:58. The author believes that "the work of the Lord" consists of edification and evangelism.
How would someone like Paul share the gospel with Muslims? This article shows the importance of speaking to Muslims in terms they understand. Thus, instead of using the word "Bible," it may be more beneficial to use the titles that the Qur'an uses for our Scripture: Torah, Prophets, Psalms, and Gospel. The article explains why this is beneficial.
This article considers the Lord's Prayer from two angles: what it means and teaches us, and why the Lord Jesus gave this teaching in the form he did.
This article considers the prayer life of Jesus, taking its starting point from Mark 6:45-46. It considers where he prayed, with whom he prayed, and when he prayed, all the while outlining the significance for us as well.
This article discusses slavery in the Old Testament and explains how Israelite and non-Israelite slaves were to be treated.
This article considers the account of the Amalekite genocide in 1 Samuel 15:3. It works through the concern commonly raised regarding God's goodness. It shows who the Amalekites were, the role they played in salvation history, and how the passage points ahead to Jesus Christ.
This article establishes the truth of the crucifixion of Christ. It considers the various attestations, from both Scripture and non-Christian sources.
Are Christians set free from the law? Different responses have been given to this question. This article considers what the Lord Jesus was really saying in Matthew 5:17.
This article considers God's revelation to Moses in Exodus 3:14-15.
This article offers some cogent reflections on singleness. It looks at the pressure to marry, the idol one can make of marriage, and the value of being single.
This article is an examination of Ecclesiastes 1:2-3.
This article outlines what leadership in ministry should look like, according to 2 Timothy 4. Paul utters the simple charge to preach the Word, from which come six implications of leadership and the preaching of the Word.
This article explains what the doctrine of union with Christ means. It shows the relationship between union with Christ and conversion, justification, sanctification, and the church.
This article provides some basic but important reasons why Genesis 1:1-Genesis 2:3 is not poetry and is historical.
This article addresses the matter of sexual sin among women. It deals with why women don't talk about it, how to bring about change in behaviour, and concludes with a word to men about supporting our Christian sisters in their fight for purity.
This article considers whether or not God feels our pain. The doctrine it upholds is the impassibility of God, and shows why this is good news: God saves out of love and grace, and the cross changes everything.
This article addresses a number of pastoral concerns related to the doctrine of hell, such as how we speak about it, the end-time judgment, and how it should make believers bold to proclaim.
This article addresses theological issues that issue from the doctrine of hell, especially the doctrine of the justice of God.
This article discusses three main alternative positions to the historic orthodox position on hell: universalism, annihilationism, and a definitive self-exclusion from God's presence. From there it explores the biblical teaching on hell, making use of Christ's teaching in Mark 9:42-48.
Both pastors and Christians ought to be readers. How do you read in such a way that you can absorb and remember what you read? This article offers eleven ways to read a Christian book.
This article discusses Paul's saying in Romans 5:3-4 that character produces hope. The author explains that endurance in the face of suffering shows that a person belongs to Jesus, in which case hope in God is certain.
This article notes the mention of women in Romans 16. It addresses common arguments raised in support of women in ministry positions.
This article first gives two reasons why it is misleading and inaccurate to compare the Bible to the Qur'an: the Qur'an is not self-sufficient but the Bible is, and the Qur'an does not contain most of the basic practices or beliefs of Islam. The article goes on to give some facts on the Hadith and Sira. It rounds off the discussion by showing its relevance for the Muslim and the Christian.
This article speaks of the fact that the resurrection at the end will be a physical resurrection.
This article considers how the resurrection of Christ changed the world, particularly for the believer. Life is not in vain, there is no more fear of death, and we live in hope. The article also gives attention to what the resurrection life looks like for the believer.
This article evaluates the work of atheist Richard Dawkins, and shows it to be found wanting. It examines his position toward religion in general and Christianity in particular.
This article is an excerpt from John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, dealing with the Christian philosophy of self-denial.
This article is a sermon from Martin Luther on Philippians 3:17-21.
This article addresses the subject of polygamy from a biblical perspective. In relation to this, it considers the complications that arise for those who come to Christ out of a polygamous culture, a situation that Christians in Africa have had to grapple with.
This article considers some of the fallacies about same-sex marriage. Some argue that marriage is only about individual rights, that marriage laws should not be discriminatory, and that same-sex marriage would benefit same-sex couples without adversely affecting society. These are evaluated, and therefore the truth of the problem is discussed.
This article offers a comprehensive study of the subject of submission as found in both the Bible and the Qur'an.
This article evaluates gambling from a biblical perspective. The direction in which the article goes is that the very nature of gambling violates the principles of love and stewardship.
This article wrestles with the instruction in 1 Corinthians 11 that women should wear head coverings. It deals with matters such as the meaning of "head," whether to translate verse 3 as "man and woman" or "husband and wife," and the meaning of head covering then and now. It considers the reasons why Paul wanted women to be covered. It concludes with how the church today is to apply the text.
This article considers the fourth commandment in the context of all of Scripture, as well as for today.
This article considers questions such as what is the Bible's attitude to foreigners, to immigrants, and refugees, and what does the gospel have to say on the subject. Biblical law is remarkably generous towards strangers. The Scriptures speak of welcoming the stranger, in full knowledge of the risks, because of God's love for all.
This article considers what grief is, how it heals, and what we can do to help the grieving.
This article shows the contradictory perspectives of Islam and Christianity on the cross of Christ. It then suggests how a conversation might proceed that starts with Islam and moves to the gospel.
This article considers the meaning of the clause in the Apostles' Creed, "He descended into hell." It considers the relevant Bible passages, as well as the nature of creeds, the relationship between the Father and the Son, the holiness of God, and Jesus' experience of the passion.
This article thoroughly addresses the matter of premarital sex. It provides a Christian response to the world's view of premarital sex, and then also a pastoral response.
This article offers seven valuable points for those who are beginning to preach.
This article explores how we can think about time as Christians, and how to work out what we are to do with it. It considers why God created time, and answers by way of 2 Peter 3:8-9.
This article provides information to equip the church in dealing with drug issues. It identifies what drugs really are, as well as the culture of drug use, and the Christian response.
This article discusses some things about the Dead Sea Scrolls, namely, what they are, who wrote them, whether they discredit or support Christianity, and if you should go see them.
This article discusses how the doctrine of the Trinity makes a practical difference in the lives of believers: it names our God, explains prayer, shows us how to love, and leads us to the cross.
This article suggests how to engage with a Buddhist, by showing how many aspects of Christianity sharply contradict the Buddhist worldview.
This article offers a unique interpretation of 1 Peter 3:18-20, about the "spirits in prison." The author finds a key to the interpretation in the letter's background in Isaiah. The author ends with a section on whom Peter was writing to.
This article considers a number of biblical truths about money: affluence is unimportant and unreliable, greed and fear are two obstacles to sharing our money, and no one should ever have as their primary aim the goal of making money.
This article shows how greed is considered by many, even Christians, to be a trivial sin. It goes on to shed scriptural commentary on the matter, showing that the Bible denounces greed as one of the most serious of sins, a form of idolatry.
This article encourages fathers to take seriously their responsibility to establish and maintain family worship. It provides instructions from Scripture, as well as some practical ways to lead the family in worship.
This article explains the illumination of the Holy Spirit when the Scriptures are read or heard. They cannot be properly understood without him.
This article looks at how the resurrection of Christ changes the lives of his followers here and now.
This article explores the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and what it achieved. That resurrection demonstrated that Jesus is Lord and Christ, and it revealed that God will judge the world by a man.
This article addresses the question of how the disabled fit into God's world. In particular, the matter of how God views people with disabilities is addressed. The Bible leaves no question: he has a special concern for these ones. Thus, we are to as well.
This article reflects mainly on Luke 10:20, which contains a command for the seventy disciples to rejoice in their ministry, for in Christ it was a victorious ministry. This same joy is to be there today, and this article provides much encouragement to that end.
This article explores the consequences of the New Perspective on Paul for justification, as well as for Christian holiness and assurance.
This article shows that the New Perspective on Paul in general, and the position of N.T. Wright in particular, are a significant departure from the traditional Reformed understanding of justification. It first offers points of appreciation, and then provides its critique.
This article offers a presentation of the New Perspective on Paul, the view espoused by E.P. Sanders, James Dunn, and N.T. Wright, among others.
This article looks at what typology is, and how it can help us interpret the Old Testament. Typology actually shows that the temporal and theological gap between the Old and New Testament does not hinder our Bible reading, but helps it.
Is there a hermeneutical gap between the Bible and today? This article answers in the negative as it addresses the typical arguments made for the gap, namely, the arguments of time and culture.
This article provides an outline of the theology of Mormonism, as well as how Christians can have fruitful conversations with them over a number of topics of discussion regarding Mormonism, with a view to sharing the true gospel.
This article is of value for those who have had or are considering an abortion, and for the church in learning how to respond to those who have had one and are sorrowful over it, whether inside or outside the church.
Does the Bible speak on the issue of genetic engineering? Not directly, but the story of salvation history has implications for such engineering. This article discusses what the Bible has to say on the concepts of personhood, health, and medicine. From the conclusion that we have a moral obligation to restore the balance of creation, the article attempts to weigh in on the issue of genetic engineering.
This article defends the centrality of the atonement to the Christian faith, with consideration given to Romans 3:21-26.
This article spells out clearly that the first duty of a father is to provide for and protect the mother of his children. For an encouragement for mothers and fathers, read this article.
How ought a Christian to regard his emotions? The history of theology has answered that variously. In 1746, Jonathan Edwards published A Treatise on the Religious Affections, which is a biblical discussion of the matter, and a worthwhile read especially in today's discussions over religious experiences. This article offers a survey of the work.
This article identifies the heresy that was facing the church at Colossae, and how the apostle Paul fought against it by writing on the true identity and sufficiency of the Lord Jesus. The author ends up with a call for today's Christian to heed the word of Paul to the Colossians.
This article aims to help us know and assess Satan so that we are better equipped to fight him effectively. It gives a portrait of Satan, including his mentality and tools, but also speaks of the fact that he is captive, and we have weapons to use against him.
This article outlines the way to have a godly argument. It speaks of the need for and dangers of argument, and then provides seven suggestions for arguing in a godly way.
Do you ever ask why you work? What is your attitude to your daily task? This article offers five reasons from the New Testament why the Christian works.
This article looks at the subject of work. It considers what the coming of Jesus Christ means for our daily work. What is the nature of Christ's dominion, and how do we share in it?
This article looks at the subject of work. It begins by looking at what work meant for Adam before and after the fall. Then it jumps ahead to the time of Solomon, and looks at his insights in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.
What is praise exactly, and how do you do it? This article describes praise as essentially advertising. Read the article to see this intriguing viewpoint as it is fleshed out with Scripture.
This article considers how we ought to pray. It outlines seven principles that essentially span the whole of a prayer: relationship, recognition, request, repetition, resignation, rejoicing, and realization.
This article evaluates euthanasia, and judges it a rejection of the Bible's understanding of both God and humanity, and an attempt to usurp God's sovereignty.
This article considers various sayings concerning the meaning of 1 Timothy 2:11-12 that seek to take away from its real meaning.
This article declares that preaching is "inherently dangerous." What it means is that preaching that balances declaration with application, or information with challenge, is risky but necessary. The author gives seven reasons why he speaks in this way.
This article explores the discussion on whether sexual abuse committed by an authority figure in the church should be kept confidential. The author makes plain that it needs to be reported to the family, the church, and the police.
This article discusses church planting. It presents three models of church planting, namely, that of the mother-daughter church, the home fellowship/Bible study group, and the "apostolic" church planter. It also presents the profile of a church planter.
This article considers what it means to have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. The Spirit works to build up the church, and provide his people with gifts for serving each other. The article ends with a summary of the Bible's teaching on how we are to live as temples of the Spirit.
This article considers the emphasis in the writings of Luke on the role of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the Lord Jesus.
How does the Old Testament prepare us to understand the Holy Spirit in the New Testament? This article weighs in, revealing the kinds of expectations that first-century Jews should have had.
This article identifies a few problem areas in Reformed evangelism among Roman Catholics, and then outlines some ways in which Protestants can more effectively communicate the gospel of grace to them.
This article gets to the heart of the problem of pornography, that both intention and anonymity together define it, and that it is an escape from relationships and reality. The article concludes by urging pure thinking, for the sake of healthy relationships.
Familiar with the saying of this title? Does God love the sinner but hate the sin he commits? This article evaluates this popular saying, and finds it wanting. Just how are God's love and anger related to each other?
This article addresses the question, "What is the 'Word of God'?"
How is an emphasis on the Word of God to take into account the activity of the Spirit? What is the relationship between the Word and Spirit? To these and other questions the article turns.
This article looks at Scripture in order to establish that the biblical faith must be "word-shaped," for it is the Word of God that creates and nurtures faith.
This article considers the place of the Bible among Christians of our day. Is the Bible truly the only authority, or is it among others, such as experience, reason, and tradition?