December 17, 2017

Are American Christians “Persecuted?”

I’ve been in a verse-by-verse study of I and II Timothy this year with several other men on our staff. We had an interesting discussion on this passage and its application in various contexts. II Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil […]

In The Study: Three Stories

In my preaching to students from all over the world and many different backgrounds, I am always looking for shorthand ways to communicate the Bible’s message. For example, I’ve taught my students over the years to say “He (Jesus) lived a perfect life for us, and died a perfect death in our place.” I use […]

The New Commandment

The word “commandment” is one every first century Jew understood. God had made Adam in such a way that he was responsible to obey God’s commandments. The Ten Commandments were the law of God for his covenant people, expounded and expanded in the books of the law from Exodus through Deuteronomy. It was the law […]

The Example

John 13:12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have […]

The Yes or No

The Gospel According to John 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it […]

Open Thread: What does it mean to “Let both grow together…?”

Matthew 13:27-30. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go […]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (5)

This is the last post on the subject of the Church: Flawed and Finished. The others are directly below. I will be doing an F.A.Q. post on the topic. 1, 2, 3, 4. What is the connection between the flawed church in history and the completed, finished perfect body of Christ? Is it the fact […]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (4)

Before moving on into more posts on the relationship of the historical church and the ideal church, I want to ask and briefly answer some questions. 1. To what extent is the historical church flawed? Like the human beings that make up the church, the historical church is fallen, sinful and affected by sin in […]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (3)

This series looks at how imperfect and flawed congregations can possibly be the church of Jesus. The first two posts in the series are here and here. When scripture speaks of the church in ideal terms, it is always from the viewpoint of God’s finished work of love and new creation that begins and ends […]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (2)

The introduction to this series is here. I was somewhat “motivated” recently when a Protestant convert on EWTN said “Protestants have Christ, but they don’t have his bride.” I found the statement quite…..interesting, especially in view of how I believe the scriptures describe the church in history and in God’s plans. This second post deals […]