Why Did God Allow the Fall into Sin?

Why did God allow the fall into sin? And why did God create the world, knowing that his perfect creation would soon be corrupted? The entire Bible is the story of God’s work to restore his fallen creation. Through much pain and suffering on his part, climaxing with the crucifixion of Jesus, God has been… Read More ›

Is Scripture Enough?

Is Scripture sufficient? Is it enough for us? Man has always been tempted to search for God on our own terms, rather than to seek him where he has promised to be. God has revealed himself in the Holy Scriptures. Do we believe this is enough? The mere fact that God has revealed himself there… Read More ›

The Paradox of Freedom and Servitude

Martin Luther’s “Treatise on Christian Liberty” Imagine going to buy a new car, and the salesman says, “You can either pay thirty grand for this car, or you can take it for free.” What would you choose? What would all the other customers choose? How long would the dealership be in business? The world just… Read More ›

Ignorance ≠ Innocence

“I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to do it.” What kind of apology is this? Is it the mea culpa kind? (Mea culpa is Latin for, “My bad.”) Or is it the kind where we try to justify ourselves? There are two basic kinds of apologies. The first is the kind where we acknowledge that we… Read More ›

God Wants Us to Know about His Wrath

God Wants Us to Know about His Wrath

God is just. He is righteous. He always does what is right. He always performs justice. And he wants us to know it. One of the ways God performs justice is by punishing sin. And one of the most famous demonstrations of this kind of justice is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19)…. Read More ›

The Living Dead

The Living Dead

In Ephesians 2 Paul insults his readers. And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the… Read More ›

The Myth of Autonomy

The Myth of Autonomy

Dear Christian, You are not autonomous. You are free, but you are not autonomous. There is a difference between freedom and autonomy. Autonomy means “self-government.” It comes from the Greek words autos, meaning “self,” and nomos, meaning “law.” To be autonomous means that you are a law unto yourself; you can set your own rules…. Read More ›

Read It

Four months ago I encouraged you to make 2019 a year of reading the Bible. I have been very encouraged by how many of you have committed yourselves to do this. I know many of you have stuck with it. I also know some of you have gotten behind. That often happens with any kind… Read More ›

Trouble in the Garden

“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36). Jesus didn’t want to die. On at least three occasions, Jesus explicitly told his disciples that he must suffer, die, and rise again (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:33-34). He was clear, but… Read More ›