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Aug 2016 31 Aug 31, 2016

We looked yesterday at the remarkable story in Mark 14:1-11 and I asked the question: What words best describe your affection and love for Jesus. Would you call it unashamed and extravagant? If not, why not? Continue reading . . .  We looked yesterday at the remarkable story in Mark 14:1-11 and I asked the question: What words best describe your affection and love for Jesus. Would you call it unashamed and extravagant? If not, why not? Let’s look again at the...Read More

Aug 2016 30 Aug 30, 2016

The portrait of Jesus in the gospels is truly stunning. Jesus, described by his enemies as the friend of sinners, was uninhibited in the presence of lepers and unafraid to confront demonic spirits. He was unembarrassed by prostitutes and unimpressed by religious leaders. He is unoffended by your weaknesses, undeterred by your sin, and unashamed to call you his own. How do you respond to someone like this? Continue reading . . .  The portrait of Jesus in the gospels...Read More

Aug 2016 29 Aug 29, 2016
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In the on-going dialogue (debate!) between complementarians and egalitarians, there is considerable confusion about the meaning of male headship. So today we look at 10 things we should know about headship. Continue reading . . .  In the on-going dialogue (debate!) between complementarians and egalitarians, there is considerable confusion about the meaning of male headship. So today we look at 10 things we should know about headship. (1) “Headship” (Gk...Read More

Aug 2016 25 Aug 25, 2016
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Many struggle to understand the Trinity. I count myself among them! But I believe it! I believe it not because I can explain it with logical precision, but because the NT so clearly and repeatedly teaches it. One such place is the book of Revelation. There we see consistent and repeated evidence of the Deity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: three co-equal persons existing as One undivided God. Continue reading . . .  Many struggle to understand the Trinity. I count...Read More

Aug 2016 24 Aug 24, 2016

This reminder is for anyone in the Oklahoma City area who is free Thursday night, August 25. Bridgeway will be hosting an evening of worship, fellowship, and lots of food at the Myriad Gardens, downtown OKC. We will gather starting at 6:00 p.m. with several food trucks available. Bring your friends and family. Worship at the Water Stage will start around 7:30 p.m. We’d love to see you there. It will be a great opportunity to proclaim Christ in the City and to enjo...Read More

Aug 2016 24 Aug 24, 2016

In his book, What About Free Will? (Presbyterian & Reformed, 2016), Scott Christensen seeks to articulate the significance of what is known as compatibilism. Continue reading . . .  In his book, What About Free Will? (Presbyterian & Reformed, 2016), Scott Christensen seeks to articulate the significance of what is known as compatibilism. On pp. 77-78 he says this: “Biblical compatibilism seeks to demonstrate one simple reality. Every human action i...Read More

Aug 2016 23 Aug 23, 2016
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Last week Desiring God posted an article that contains the message John Piper delivered while visiting Google in California. If you didn’t see it then, you must see it now. Continue reading . . .  Last week Desiring God posted an article that contains the message John Piper delivered while visiting Google in California. If you didn’t see it then, you must see it now. My hope in these few minutes is to listen carefully to four people who have been troub...Read More

Aug 2016 22 Aug 22, 2016

The best way to describe the dispensationalist’s view of the millennial kingdom is chronologically, i.e., by means of the temporal order in which the events actually occur. Although there are variations among those who call themselves dispensationalists, I will focus here only on the majority view known as dispensational, pretribulational, premillennialism. Continue reading . . .  The best way to describe the dispensationalist’s view of the millennial k...Read More

Aug 2016 18 Aug 18, 2016
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Is it ever OK for a Christian to lie? Make no mistake: God is truth, and we are to be like God. Truth-telling is therefore a crucial moral duty for those in the kingdom of God (see esp. John 8:44; Acts 5:1-11; Col. 3:9; Rev. 21:27). The question is this: "Is it ever morally permissible to tell a lie?" Continue reading . . .  Is it ever OK for a Christian to lie? Make no mistake: God is truth, and we are to be like God. Truth-telling is therefore a crucial moral dut...Read More

Aug 2016 17 Aug 17, 2016

Truth, or integrity in our speech, that sense of moral obligation to God according to which we represent things as they really are, both in word and deed, has gradually eroded in many segments of our society. This shouldn’t come as a total surprise insofar as the first sin in the Garden of Eden was an attack upon the veracity or truthfulness of what God himself had said. Continue reading . . .  Truth, or integrity in our speech, that sense of moral obligation...Read More

Aug 2016 16 Aug 16, 2016

We look once again today at helpful comments from Scott Christensen, taken from his excellent book, What About Free Will? Reconciling our Choices with God’s Sovereignty (P&R, 2016). Here we take note of an important distinction in Scripture between two senses in which God may be said to “will” something. Continue reading . . .  We look once again today at helpful comments from Scott Christensen, taken from his excellent book, What About Free W...Read More

Aug 2016 15 Aug 15, 2016
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The psalmist declares that our Lord is great “and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5). We often talk about what we know and how we know, but rarely stop and ask: How does God know? What does God know? So today we turn our attention to ten things we should know about God’s knowledge. Continue reading . . .  The psalmist declares that our Lord is great “and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psal...Read More

Aug 2016 12 Aug 12, 2016

Foundational to the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory is their understanding of the double-effect of sin. Continue reading . . .  Foundational to the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory is their understanding of the double-effect of sin. Note carefully the following description taken from the Catholic Catechism: “Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the ‘ete...Read More

Aug 2016 11 Aug 11, 2016

We’ve had occasion of late to consider two pro-slavery statutes that were part of the original Constitution of the Unites States of America. We should rightly rejoice that subsequent Amendments to the Constitution rendered null and void such clauses. One more heinous clause in our Constitution is known as the Slave Importation Clause. Continue reading . . .  We’ve had occasion of late to consider two pro-slavery statutes that were part of the original C...Read More

Aug 2016 10 Aug 10, 2016

Can we really believe the words of Jesus in John 14:14 when he declares: “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it”? Continue reading . . .  Can we really believe the words of Jesus in John 14:14 when he declares: “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it”? Twice in vv. 13-14 Jesus says you must pray “in my name”. What does that mean? Is Jesus telling us that all we have to do is attach the words, “In Christ&...Read More

Aug 2016 9 Aug 9, 2016

We probably shouldn’t compare biblical promises, as they are all precious and assured of coming to pass. Continue reading . . .  We probably shouldn’t compare biblical promises, as they are all precious and assured of coming to pass. But I’m especially drawn to the promise Jesus made in the Upper Room Discourse when he said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you an...Read More

Aug 2016 8 Aug 8, 2016
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Some see the concept of immutability as a threat to the biblical portrait of God who appears in some sense to change. Others are equally concerned that a careless tampering with this attribute of God will reduce him to a fickle, unfaithful, and ultimately unworthy object of our affection and worship. It is imperative, therefore, that we proceed cautiously, and yet with conviction, in articulating these ten truths about divine immutability. Continue reading . . .  S...Read More

Aug 2016 4 Aug 4, 2016
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The question: “What think ye of the Bible?” reduces to the question: “What think ye of Christ?” Continue reading . . .  The question: “What think ye of the Bible?” reduces to the question: “What think ye of Christ?” To deny the authority of Scripture is to deny the lordship of Jesus. So what did Jesus think of the Scriptures (or at least of the Old Testament)? Consider the people and events of the OT, for example, wh...Read More

Aug 2016 3 Aug 3, 2016
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There is a tendency in some evangelical circles to drive a wedge between revelation (the transcendent Word of God) and the Bible (understood as man’s written record of or witness to the Word). It is said that we cannot identify the words of Scripture with divine revelation. Continue reading . . .  There is a tendency in some evangelical circles to drive a wedge between revelation (the transcendent Word of God) and the Bible (understood as man’s written ...Read More

Aug 2016 2 Aug 2, 2016

In an earlier post I explained one of the ways in which our Constitution was flawed. Although surely the greatest document in the history of human political life, the Constitution was not without its shortcomings, one of which was known as the Fugitive Slave Clause. Continue reading . . .  In an earlier post I explained one of the ways in which our Constitution was flawed. Although surely the greatest document in the history of human political life, the Constitutio...Read More

Aug 2016 1 Aug 1, 2016
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Because of our focus on the inspiration and inerrancy of God’s written revelation, the Bible (i.e., Special Revelation), we often tend to ignore the other ways in which God has made himself known more generally to all mankind. Theologians call this General Revelation. What is it and why is it important that we understand what is meant by it? Continue reading . . .  Because of our focus on the inspiration and inerrancy of God’s written revelation, the Bi...Read More