December 18, 2015

Christianity and the Arts

My desire in this essay is to help us to think scripturally about the arts as Christian believers, for this is one of those areas where, at this present time, there appears to be great confusion in our churches...

December 18, 2015

Relationships: Dating, Marriage, Friendship, and Sexuality

Over the past several years I have perfected the artistry of escape regarding any singles functions-- cookouts, conferences, Sunday school classes, and my personal favorite, putt-putt. My avoidance mechanism is triggered not so much by a lack of patience with such activities as it is by a lack of stomach for the pervasive attitudes. Thoreau insists that most men lead lives of quiet desperation; I insist that many singles lead lives of loud aggravation. Being immersed in singles can be like finding yourself in the midst of "The Whiners" of 1980s Saturday Night Live--it gives a whole new meaning to "pity party."

December 18, 2015

Apologetics and Outreach: Giving a Reason for the Hope You Have

Every culture hostile to Christianity holds to a set of "common sense" consensus beliefs that automatically make Christianity implosible to people. These are what philosophers call "defeater beliefs." a defeater belief is Belief A - that if true, means Belief B can't be true. 

December 18, 2015

Vocation: How Does One Discern the Will of God?

The guidance of the Holy Spirit is a controversial topic on which believers hold a wide variety of opinions. It is common to hear Christians defend their decisions by saying “the Lord directed me.” Sometimes we say explicitly that the Lord told us to do something, while at other times we speak of the Lord “opening doors” or “laying a thought or a matter on our heart.” We are so used to hearing these words that we do not often stop to consider what is being claimed...

December 18, 2015

Worldview: Basic Beliefs About The Way Things Are

Everyone has a worldview: a conceptual grid we use to understand how life fits together. 

December 18, 2015

Worship: Tuning Our Hearts to Sing God's Grace

“Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without thinking.” Romans 12:2 paraphrased in The Message. 1 Recently public television aired a documentary e

December 18, 2015

Church: The Enduring Community

The church is first distinguished by the true preaching of the Word of God. Few places in Holy Scripture more clearly set forth the absolute necessity of the proclamation of the Word than Luke 16:19-31, the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

December 18, 2015

Hermeneutics: Skill in the Art of Interpreting the Bible

Are we reading the Bible correctly?

December 18, 2015

Sanctification: Living by the Gospel

What it means to live the Christian life. 

December 18, 2015

The Gospel: Simple, Full, Free

What is Christianity? Some say it is a philosophy, others say it is an ethical stance, while still others claim it is actually an experience. None of these things really gets to the heart of the matter, however. Each is something a Christian has, but not one of them serves as a definition of what a Christian is. Christianity has at its core a transaction between a person and God. A person who becomes a Christian moves from knowing about God distantly to knowing about him directly and intimately. Christianity is knowing God.

December 18, 2015

Reformed Theology: Salvation is of the Lord

How do I go to God?", someone asked the Scottish Presbyterian, Horatius Bonar. The parson answered, "It is with our sins that we go to God, for we have nothing else that we can truly call our own."

December 18, 2015

Scripture: Our Only Rule of Faith and Practice

Introduction: How do we know truth? God breaks through Kant’s wall by revelation! "Revelation refers to both God’s activity in making Himself known, and the truth that God makes known as a result of this activity." Dr. David Jones Why do we trust the Bible as true?

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