If God is the ultimate cause of all that comes to pass, including evil and sinful things, can he be rightly charged with unrighteousness? This article considers the discussion on how to reconcile the problem of evil with a good God. It explains with some biblical illustrations that though God is the ultimate cause of all things, he is never the efficient cause of evil, and thus is not blameworthy for it.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 8:9.
This article illustrates how each book of the Pentateuch is filled with God's grace.
This article explains the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints.
Can Roman Catholics be considered Christians? This article takes a look at ten doctrines that render Rome outside of Christ.
This article explains the doctrine of irresistible grace.
This article explains the doctrine of limited atonement.
This article discusses the doctrine of unconditional election.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 6:14.
Have you ever heard someone say, "I just can't forgive myself"? Is that biblical? This article points out seven problems with the idea of self-forgiveness.
This article examines the teaching of annihilationism, and shows that it is biblically indefensible.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 5:5.
This article offers eight biblical truths about abortion.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 5:1.
This article lists ten problems among churches that will not practice church discipline.
This article is an exposition and application of 1 Corinthians 13:4-5.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 5:16-17.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 4:10-11.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.
This article is an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 5:9.
This article is an exposition of 2 Corinthians 5:6-8.
Having discussions at your home about your children and social media? This article offers seven discussion points to have with them on the matter. Two words feature as essential in the discussion: necessity and maturity.
This article unpacks the meaning and implications of 1 Corinthians 13:4, that love believes all things. The article reveals that our struggle to give others the benefit of the doubt often has more to do with our inflated view of ourselves.
What did the resurrection mean for the Lord Jesus? This article offers some considerations from a biblical and theological perspective. It discusses how Christ in his resurrection functioned as the last Adam, the Son of David and Israel's Messiah, the fulfillment God's covenant promises, and the vindication of his own testimony in his ministry.
This article outlines and critiques five common lies about the resurrection: the Lord did not know he was going to die, the cross was a defeat, the Lord's greatest pain was physical, his death on the cross was insufficient, and Christians celebrate Easter once a year.
This article offers the second part of an evaluation of the Celebrate Recovery addictions program. It shows how the program's theology clashes with sound Christian theology, particularly the doctrines of God, man, salvation, assurance of salvation, sanctification, and the church. The article concludes by suggesting alternatives to this program.
Why was the virgin conception of Christ necessary? This article outlines five reasons.
Have you ever heard of the phrase, "What would Jesus do?" Have you said it yourself? This article shows the origins of this slogan, its contemporary usage, and evaluates its usefulness. The author finds the saying unhelpful at best, and downright dangerous at worst, and proposes a different set of words to go with the acronym WWJD.
This article exposits and applies Philippians 4:18, about cheerful giving.
What are you to make of a Christian's claim that God led them to do something? This article considers what we are permitted to say concerning the leading of the Holy Spirit in our life.
This article reveals the hazards that issue from Arminian teaching. Some of those mentioned are: the plain sense of much of Scripture is harmed, salvation by works is advocated, man's ability to reason is exalted, and God is forbidden from doing as he wants.
This article offers nine reminders for Christians as we minister to those who are suffering. It brings Scripture to bear on the matter, urging great wisdom in how we speak to the suffering.
This article offers an exposition and application of 2 Corinthians 3:3.
This article addresses the issue of abortion by showing from Scripture how highly God prioritizes children.
This article outlines the various views and theories concerning Christ's work on the cross: the ransom theory, the satisfaction theory, the moral influence theory, the governmental theory, and penal substitution. Though all have pieces of truth in them, the final view is the most thoroughly biblical.
This article outlines what makes gluttony a sin that is more difficult to identify than one would expect. There is no test that is a one-size-fits-all. At the same time, it does get to the heart of what makes gluttony a sin.
This article considers what our bodies will be like when glorified, and it draws from 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 to do so.
This article demonstrates ample reasons why the Christian always needs to maintain a humble, teachable spirit.
This article exposits and applies 2 Corinthians 2:4.
This article is an exposition of Philippians 2:10-11.
This article explores three reasons not to belong to the Jehovah's Witnesses cult: their teaching is taken from a misleading translation of the Bible, it denies the deity of Christ, and denies the resurrection of Christ.
This article is an exposition of 2 Corinthians 1:18-20.
This article discusses the Hebrew way of counting, to show that the Lord Jesus was indeed in the grave for three days.
This article is an exposition of 2 Corinthians 1:12-13.
This article offers seven truths to arm God's people for the spiritual warfare against sin.
This article, in summary form, explains why Christians believe in the Trinity.
This article offers five characteristics of the gentleness that God wants us to have as followers of Christ.
This article explains the Lord Jesus' word to Peter in Matthew 16:18, and shows how the Roman Catholic interpretation of this passage does not do it justice. Christ is the bedrock of the New Testament church.
How are we supposed to obey the command to rejoice in the Lord if true Christian joy is a gift of God? This article answers, suggesting the use of means, such as Scripture reading, prayer, fellowship, creation & providence, and obedience.
This article discusses the nature of Christian joy. It explains how joy is a duty, it is more than an emotion, and joylessness is a sin.
This article shows how central Christian joy is to the teaching of the New Testament, and thus to the Christian life.
This article is an exposition of Philippians 4:1.
This article offers an exposition of Philippians 3:20, on our heavenly citizenship.
This article surveys every passage in Scripture with a reference to fasting, and offers insight on how Christians today might interact with the biblical data.
Ever been called a legalist, or called someone that? This article considers five all-too-common legalism charges that are unfounded.
This article weighs in on the question of the authorship of Hebrews, and offers four reasons why the author thinks Paul was the author.
This article weighs in on the question of the authorship of Hebrews, and offers four reasons why Hebrews should be left in anonymity.
This article is an exposition of Philippians 3:20-21.
Did Jesus become the literal embodiment of sin, or become a sinner when he died at Calvary? This article addresses this question in light of 2 Corinthians 5:21.
This article considers how the charismatic movement defines key spiritual gifts. It defines the relevant terms, considers the gifts in the New Testament, discusses the criteria Scripture gives for evaluating someone's claim to be a prophet, looks at how the contemporary version of the gift of tongues matches the biblical data, and concludes by considering the gift of healing.
This article evaluates the modern gift of prophecy that the charismatic movement claims, in the light of the Word of God. It defines terms, speaks about how to recognize a false prophet, shows how charismatics rationalize fallible prophecy, and provides charismatic objections raised in response. It shows how the charismatic position is at odds with the sufficiency of Scripture.
Intimidated by any discussion on eschatology, even by that word itself? This article provides some basic definitions of terms to help you make some sense of the different views on eschatology.
What are leadership principles that a pastor should consider in order to prosper in the ministry? This article offers several insights, particularly on the selection and development of leaders, the matter of self-examination and keeping perspective, and the way to lead through conflicts.
What does the Lord Jesus mean when he exhorts his disciples to become like children? This article considers the account in Matthew 18:1-4, which challenges our pride and confronts us with the mark of kingdom life.
This article demonstrates that the Lord Jesus had to suffer throughout his whole life and not just on the cross. For he had to display perfect submission and love to God, and he had to become the merciful and sympathetic high priest.
This article outlines ten principles from the New Testament that should guide how we give financially. Among others, it notes that everything we have belongs to God, God is using our possessions to advance the gospel in the world, giving is part of the weekly corporate worship of the church, and giving needs to be sacrificial and generous.
What would you say the Christian life is all about? Spiritual disciplines? Growing in knowledge? This article suggests the answer is far simpler: prayer, proclamation, and people.
This article explores the early church's celebration of the Lord's Supper. It addresses the question of whether they believed that the elements were actually transformed into the physical body and blood of Christ.
How did the doctrine of sola Scriptura feature in the centuries before the Reformation? This article shows how it was championed by the church fathers.
What makes the New Jerusalem so marvellous? This article shows that it is the presence of God, particularly his life, love, and light.
This article shows through an explanation of Genesis 22, which recounts the sacrifice of Isaac, how God is the subject of this story.
This article considers three reasons why the believer can look upon the prospect of death with joy and anticipation, as Paul did in Philippians 1:23: it will be the end of limited knowledge, the end of sin, and bring more of Christ to the believer.
This article offers an evaluation of presuppositional apologetics, giving reasons why the author deems it the best model: it is consistent with the nature of man and salvation, it argues in accordance with reality, its own presupposition remains consistent with its epistemology, and it puts on display the glory of Christ.
This article defines and explains what presuppositional apologetics is.
This article considers the popular phrase "incarnational" ministry and finds it wanting. It is misleading, inaccurate, distracting, unnecessary, and confusing.
This article exposits the call narrative in Luke 5:1-11.
This article offers five ways to grieve in a way that honours God: do not be angry at God, rest in his sovereignty, realize it is good to grieve, rejoice in the hope of a reunion, and reach out to others.
This article offers fifteen implications that come from the fact that man's chief end is to glorify God by enjoying him forever.
This article explains why demons hate people: they want dominion over this world, and yet God gave the earth to humanity because the gospel comes through the death of Christ.
This article engages with the notion that the Lord Jesus never addressed homosexuality in his ministry. It shows among other things how this is an argument from silence, it rests upon special pleading, and all of Scripture is the Word of Christ.
This article showcases the Roman Catholic teaching regarding the essence of the gospel. It demonstrates that according to Rome, salvation is not by grace through faith alone, good works are necessary for salvation, baptism brings forgiveness of sins, Christ's sacrifice on the cross is not sufficient to send the redeemed directly to heaven, and Christ's sacrifice is repeated every time the Mass is celebrated.
This article discusses what it means to be a slave of Christ.
This article shows how Scripture defines fellowship in the church: it is an objective reality, grounded in one's relationship with the triune God, accomplished by the atoning work of Christ.
From the life of the prophet Jeremiah, this article explores how to suffer along with God's people.
This article offers six steps for street evangelism: choose a location, start the conversation, ask questions, get to the gospel, explain it, and end the conversation.
This article considers 2 Corinthians 4:6, and how God shines in the hearts of his elect to give us the light needed to see things as they actually are.
This article engages with the sentiment that since God let David remain king after his adultery with Bathsheba, God can return someone to ministry despite their disqualifying sexual sin. It shows that David remained king because of the strength of God's messianic promise, and the sufficiency of the Messiah's death.
This article spells out the historical difference between an orator and a herald. The former adapted his message to his audience in order achieve desired results; the latter had his message set for him by another, and so he was not results-driven but obedience-driven. The Corinthians wanted an orator, but Paul was a herald.
This article demonstrates that no one truly believes in free will. It shows that if your will is truly free, it chooses without concern for any given object. The article concludes by showing that there is no gospel where there is free will.
This article is an exposition of 2 Corinthians 4:4.
This article explains why the shorter ending in Mark 16 is the preferred ending. The very things that make it seem abrupt are the reasons why the shorter ending is to be understood as original.
This article discusses some matters of New Testament textual criticism: there is an abundance of existing manuscripts, the variants are mostly insignificant, and all doctrines are easily preserved in the midst of viable textual variants.
This article addresses five common objections to biblical prophecy, which include that many of them were written after the events they predict, many were intentionally fulfilled by Jesus, and many were invented by his followers.
This article explores the question of whether apostles still exist in the church today. It considers the qualifications necessary for apostleship, the uniqueness of Paul's apostleship, the apostolic authority and the closing of the canon, the foundational role of the apostles, and the testimony of those following the apostles. The inevitable conclusion is that there are no longer apostles today.
In response to the question whether sanctification is a work of God alone or of God and man together, the author answers: neither! He explains that we work out what God works in—yet all the while, it is his power at work.
Defining ministry and yourself by what you are up against is dangerous. This article gives ten reasons why this is so.
Forgiveness is a promise to no longer remember someone’s sin and to stop holding it against them. This article gives the biblical ground for this definition.