Pandemic Exhortation

This year we have had many foreign experiences that has left us scrambling for answers. None of us have done everything perfectly. We have all just been managing the situation and questioning every decision we have made. With that said, we should consider the necessity of present charity, forgiveness, and constant boldness. Charity When all of…

Faith: Miracles and Belief

Is there a direct correlation between miracles and belief? In other words, do miracles performed by Christians guarantee that unbelievers will believe in Jesus Christ? This dynamic was recently posed to me in discussion. Without consideration of the ongoing debate concerning apostolic gifts, let’s seek to answer this question. First, there are many case studies…

Three Historic Theologians on the Johannine Comma

It has become popular today for those who deny the authenticity of the Johannine Comma (1 John 5:7) to speak condescendingly of those who believe it is inspired by saying they went “Full Comma.” Just remember, when you mock those that believe it is inspired you may be condemning some of your heroes from the…

A few thoughts on James 1:26-17

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:26-27 •…

How Do I Study a Book of the Bible?

This question comes up quite often as a pastor. There are really countless ways a person could approach a Bible study. We can read for various reasons. We can read for quantity or quality. Quantity would be for volume, or amount read everyday. A one year Bible reading plan would service this need well. The…

Are we chosen of God for financial wealth and prosperity?

First world countries, such as America, are truly blessed with an abundance of wealth. This unfortunately conditions our society to allow problematic ideas to be perpetuated under the name of the gospel. First, God never promised financial wealth as part of the Christian experience. On the contrary, Jesus did tell his disciples that they would…

John Gill on Eternal Sonship

The following excerpt is from John Gill concerning the eternal Sonship of Christ. “The incarnation of Christ is not the reason of his being the Son of God, but the manifestation of him as such; he was not made, but manifested thereby to be the Son of God (1 John 1:12, 3:8). In the fulness…

Early Testimony to the Date of Revelation

Today I found an interesting quote from Irenaeus. If you are unfamiliar with him, he was a minister not long after the time of the apostles. Many call them the apostolic Fathers or early church fathers. Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp. Polycarp is believed to be a disciple of the Apostle John. Here is…

Choosing a Church

There are various reasons that we hear people choosing churches to attend and join. Typically, the standard reasons I often hear are ‘it feels good’, ‘I like the music’, ‘it had the best programs’, and ‘our children liked it best.’ Church worship should feel good. Worship hymns should be engaging to the experience. Congregations should…