"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Not without good reason, the phrase "gospel-centered" has become a prominent feature in the latest slew of … Continue reading What is a gospel-centered life?
Deuteronomy 18:15-22 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this … Continue reading 5 Helpful Texts on Biblical Inspiration
Earlier this week, I listened to a debate in which one person asked the simple question: "Why believe the Bible to be true above any other ancient or religious text?" As someone who appreciates readied and thorough responses to very simple questions, I was very disappointed with what I heard. More or less, the answer … Continue reading Apologetics in the Local Church
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear … Continue reading Rhythms of Rest
This past Sunday, we continued along in our series on Romans 8, looking at the truth that "in this hope, we are heirs". In Christ Jesus, we are: heirs to a new identity (v.15)heirs to a redemption (v.12-14)and fellow heirs to glory (v.16-17) As we've studied this incredible passage of Scripture over the past two … Continue reading Our Inheritance and the Holy Spirit
As I've been writing this year on the Psalms, I've had several recurring thoughts about the place of emotions both in the Bible and in the Christian life. Certainly nowhere else in Scripture do we find the kind of dynamic and emotional language used concisely throughout the Psalms. I've heard it said before that just … Continue reading Emotions & the Bible
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for … Continue reading PSALM 149: This is Honor
"And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness” Romans 4:5 That’s a pretty unbelievable idea. Some might say, almost too good to be true. The idea that God freely gives to us a salvation we could never earn for ourselves is … Continue reading Who were the “Judaizers” from Galatians?
This week, Veritas City Church continued along in our series, Ruth: There is a Redeemer, as we made our way to the scene of the threshing floor in Chapter 3. There is so much to be said about Ruth and particularly about this passage, so it posed some difficulty to me in teaching. It seems … Continue reading RUTH: Providence, Posture & Provision
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,the holy habitation of the Most High.God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;God will help her when morning dawns.The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;he utters his voice, the earth melts;The Lord of hosts is with us;the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:4-7 As my … Continue reading PSALM 46: There is a River