Numbers 16:41–50 serves as a warning to myself and those who would be tempted to cast off God’s commands, chart their own path, and then grumble about the consequences.
Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his prophetic, final speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” In the turmoil of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, King’s speech … Continue reading Moral Courage in the Face of Death: Fifty Years Later
A lot of us did not grow up in homes where our parents made concerted efforts at discipling us (largely because no one had done the same for them!) and we struggle to know what discipleship looks like in a Christian home. Richard Baxter helps us with this through 25 directions for family discipleship, which are doable, freeing, and helpful. You’ll find that he prescribes faithful plodding and not heroic conquest.
If you know me, you know that I love Alabama. It’s a beautiful state with mountains in the North and the best beaches in the country in the south. We’re … Continue reading Mr. President, Tear Down This Façade
I really debated whether to enter the fray on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Between mommy blogs and Christian commentators, what could I add to the conversation that will edify anyone? Then, I encountered an impressively bad argument.
Leviticus is—admittedly—one of the harder books of the Bible to interpret and apply, but through hard work and study, one will come to see that Leviticus, perhaps as much as any other book, teaches the profound need for mankind to be saved from their sins and God’s gracious provision for that salvation. In my mind, that qualifies the book as a favorite.
We are a storied people. We are shaped by the stories that we tell. This is James K.A. Smith’s idea of ‘cultural liturgies.’ It is in recognition of these cultural liturgies that I have cultivated a practice of intentional liturgy. I think the big question comes down to this: are you consciously liturgical?
Yesterday, on Ash Wednesday of 2017, I posted an article written by Carl Trueman, a professor of Christian theology and church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, which he wrote a … Continue reading To Ash or Not to Ash; Why Even Ask?
Faithful soteriology should maintain the inherent tension between justification and obedience. That tension guards the Church from falling away from the truth on either side of this issue. While not effectual unto justification, obedience is a simultaneous effect and proof of justification and necessary for salvation.
You that you should look to Ephesians 4:11-16 for ministry philosophy and resist every effort to get you to consider some boxed ministry module, some guru’s system, or anything else that can be marketed.
Our sermon today is about a man of whom Jesus said, “no one born of women is greater than he”….and not just because he was a Baptist! One of … Continue reading The Body They May Kill; God’s Truth Abideth Still
Christians must, by the Spirit’s help, develop Christ-like virtues of humility, gentleness, and patience to walk in unity. When they walk in unity like this, God is honored and his glory is made radiant.
Prioritize Christ, parents, the church, and relational discipleship, and the fruit of your ministry will outlast that of any who slandered you as irrelevant.