• Mickey Mouse Theology, Fortune Cookie Prophecy, and the Demise of Biblical Literacy

    “The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.  Therefore many of them believed…” Acts 17:10–12 (NASB95) The missionary encounters experienced by Paul and Silas as recorded in Scripture are as diverse as they are exciting.  Whether it was sparking revival in the face of opposition, establishing the church despite the threat of life and limb, or raising people from a disastrous death so the preaching could…

  • Mary, Mary…Quite Contrary

    As Advent season is upon the church, and she is looking toward the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, one biblical figure that cannot be overlooked is  Mary.  Mary, the young virgin who was chosen by God to be the one to hold the unique ministry of carrying the infant Jesus in her womb is critically important to the Christmas story.  Furthermore, she would be the one charged with caring for and nurturing this infant Savior of the world until He became mature enough to care for His own needs. While her ministry and responsibility is certainly unique and deserves a place of special honor,…

  • The Danger of the Lord

    There are many things in this world that can be hazardous to the health of humans.  Some of those things can even be found right under our noses.  For instance, did you know that there are things in your house that can be extremely toxic to your health, even causing death?  From the thermostats on our walls and the thermometers in our bathrooms, to the batteries in your TV remote, to the glue your child used for his rainy day project, to the asbestos insulation that used to wrap around your plumbing, to the chemicals in the fire extinguisher that is there to help save your life in case of…

  • Why My Piece of Paper Isn’t Just a Piece of Paper

    Today, I received the official document from Biola University stating that I have successfully completed their Certificate Program in Christian Apologetics.  The required course work included three modules, each of which contained eight lectures and study outlines by some of the top apologists, Christian philosophers, and Bible teachers of our generation.  Each lecture was centered around key apologetic issues, topics, and tactics that are relevant to defending the Christian faith in modern times.  With a total of twenty-four two-hour lectures, followed by a series of exams for each one (totaling somewhere around sixty hours of work), I am ecstatic to be able to say, “With the Lord’s help, I passed!”  And today, I received the piece of paper…

  • Discipline that Leads to Restoration

    The church family can be an unruly sort, from time to time.  This comes with no surprise given the extent of the depths of depravity in which our world has fallen.  When a lost soul is found, there is often quite a mess to clean up after.  Along with that, once in awhile those that were found find themselves lost in sin again.  As such, God has implemented into the church the ministry of restoration.  If something is in need of restoration, it necessitates the idea that it has become tarnished, fallen into disrepair, or become incomplete in some way from its former condition.  With Christians, this happens when they choose to…

  • Ode to 2016

    A parable of how I feel at the end of 2016… A dog, whose master goes away for a predetermined amount of time, is placed at a kennel where they board dogs.  While he is there, this dog eats unfamiliar food out of an unfamiliar bowl, entertains other restrained dogs who are little more than strangers, and is cared for by a cruel steward who abusively beats him because the dog belongs to someone else.  In the midst of the confusion and sorrow, as the dog hears the evil steward approaching from down the hall, he cowers in the corner of his kennel expecting another beating as the unfamiliar dogs watch…

  • Clear as Crystal, Brighter than the Sun: The Doctrine of the Clarity of Scripture

    It is no secret that we are living within a modern culture of obscurity where everything seems to be based on personal opinion and nothing seems to be absolute.  Unless, of course, you are talking to my thirteen year old son, who tends to throw in the word “absolutely” into his sentences every chance he gets.  But other than my son’s clever usage of the word to make his assertions, it seems as though we as a society have given up on the notion that anything can be known for certain.  Whether it is the issue of good and evil, where morality has become based on personal feelings or the extreme example of gender fluidity, where a…