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Dec 2016 29 Dec 29, 2016
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Most of you have probably never heard of Thomas Sowell. This week, at the age of 86, he announced his retirement from a prolific career as a columnist and author. Most recently Sowell has served as Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He grew up in poverty in Harlem, served in the U. S. Marine Corps, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a masters from Columbia University, and in 1968 earned his Ph.D. in Economics from t...Read More

Dec 2016 28 Dec 28, 2016
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A while back I wrote an article about ten things all of us should know about the necessity of prayer. Here I want to follow up with some observations on a few relevant biblical texts. Continue reading . . .  A while back I wrote an article about ten things all of us should know about the necessity of prayer. Here I want to follow up with some observations on a few relevant biblical texts. Look with me at what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, but especially v. 11...Read More

Dec 2016 27 Dec 27, 2016

Do you ever find yourself comparing the gifts you receive at Christmas? If you do, it’s probably a good idea not to mention this to anyone else, especially those whose gift may not have rated as highly as others in your estimation. Continue reading . . .  Do you ever find yourself comparing the gifts you receive at Christmas? If you do, it’s probably a good idea not to mention this to anyone else, especially those whose gift may not have rated as highly...Read More

Dec 2016 26 Dec 26, 2016
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There is a reason I said God’s “Will(s)” (plural) instead of God’s “will” (singular). My focus in this installment of 10 things you should know is the question of whether or not there are two senses in which God may be said to “will” something. Continue reading . . .  There is a reason I said God’s “Will(s)” (plural) instead of God’s “will” (singular). My focus in this installment o...Read More

Dec 2016 22 Dec 22, 2016
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Christmas, for some, can be an especially discouraging time of year. One often hears of those suffering from “seasonal depression” or the “holiday blues” as they contemplate the loss of a loved one, a failed marriage, unemployment and the financial pressure of being unable to provide gifts for their family, or perhaps a child who simply won’t come home. Continue reading . . .  Christmas, for some, can be an especially discouraging time...Read More

Dec 2016 21 Dec 21, 2016

We’ve all heard the story of what happened on that first Christmas night. Let’s look more closely at how it is told by Luke in chapter two, verses eight through fourteen of his gospel. Continue reading . . .  We’ve all heard the story of what happened on that first Christmas night. Let’s look more closely at how it is told by Luke in chapter two, verses eight through fourteen of his gospel. And in the same region there were shepherds out ...Read More

Dec 2016 20 Dec 20, 2016
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It’s amazing how often people get caught up in the debate over when Jesus was actually born. Although we should never be dogmatic on this point, the biblical text does provide us with a number of clues. Continue reading . . .  It’s amazing how often people get caught up in the debate over when Jesus was actually born. Although we should never be dogmatic on this point, the biblical text does provide us with a number of clues. The Christmas story begins ...Read More

Dec 2016 19 Dec 19, 2016

I typically post an article every Monday on ten things all Christians should know about a particular topic. Although my focus today is again on ten things, the ten things are the best books of 2016. With so many excellent volumes released this year, I have decided to include an extended list of Honorable Mention books that could easily have been included in the Top Ten. So here they are, in descending order. Continue reading . . .  I typically post an article every...Read More

Dec 2016 16 Dec 16, 2016

I’m thrilled to announce that my new book is now available for pre-order. In approximately two months, in February of 2017, Zondervan will release Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Spirit in Your Life. Continue reading . . .  I’m thrilled to announce that my new book is now available for pre-order. In approximately two months, in February of 2017, Zondervan will release Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Spirit in Your ...Read More

Dec 2016 14 Dec 14, 2016
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There was a time when the glitz and tinsel of Christmas used to bother me. But no more. Continue reading . . .  There was a time when the glitz and tinsel of Christmas used to bother me. But no more. It bothered me, then, because it seemed at times as if Jesus had become lost in all the hoopla of the holiday season. I was fearful that the secularism and sophistication of society had somehow obscured Christ right out of Christmas. But I’ve come to realize tha...Read More

Dec 2016 13 Dec 13, 2016
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On November 29, 2016, G. Shane Morris wrote an article titled, “The Real Reason Evangelicals Don’t Baptize Babies.” Since I am an evangelical who doesn’t baptize babies I was instantly curious what the “real reason” is. To say that I disagreed with virtually everything in this article is not an overstatement. I may be wrong, but I think a number of paedo-baptists would also disagree with much in the article. Continue reading . . . ...Read More

Dec 2016 12 Dec 12, 2016
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The word “omnipresence” refers to the truth that God is everywhere: from here in the room where I sit to beyond the galaxies that the Hubble telescope is able to probe. Let’s look at ten things we should know about this attribute of God. Continue reading . . .  The word “omnipresence” refers to the truth that God is everywhere: from here in the room where I sit to beyond the galaxies that the Hubble telescope is able to probe. Let&rsqu...Read More

Dec 2016 8 Dec 8, 2016

In the opening words of his prayer to the Father in John 17, Jesus defines for us the essence of eternal life. “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Continue reading . . .  In the opening words of his prayer to the Father in John 17, Jesus defines for us the essence of eternal life. “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you...Read More

Dec 2016 7 Dec 7, 2016
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Let’s be honest: there are a number of things taught in the Bible that we struggle to believe and understand. Why did God destroy the entire human race, except for Noah and his family, with a great flood? Why did God order Israel to exterminate the Canaanites from the face of the earth? Why is the reality of hell and eternal punishment taught in Scripture? Why does the Apostle Paul say that “neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men...Read More

Dec 2016 6 Dec 6, 2016
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I’m thrilled to announce that my new book is now available for pre-order. In approximately two months, in February of 2017, Zondervan will release Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Spirit in Your Life. Continue reading . . .  I’m thrilled to announce that my new book is now available for pre-order. In approximately two months, in February of 2017, Zondervan will release Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Spirit in Your ...Read More

Dec 2016 5 Dec 5, 2016

There is a reason why I speak of the “necessity” of prayer and not simply ten things to know about prayer. I want us to consider the necessity of prayer in terms of what we stand to lose if we don’t pray. Sadly, prayer for many who profess faith in Christ has become a meaningless ritual. They have lost sight of the fact that God suspends great and glorious blessings on our asking for them. So let’s take a look at ten reasons why prayer is necessar...Read More

Dec 2016 1 Dec 1, 2016
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In the previous two articles we’ve been looking at John 14:12 Continue reading . . .  In the previous two articles we’ve been looking at John 14:12 where Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to my Father." After looking at a variety of attempts to account for the meaning of this passage, I said this in the previous article: “Most peop...Read More