The Rapture
God did not present His entire revelation at once. This fact can be grasped almost intuitively. The Bible contains sixty-six books. They were written over a process of at least fourteen hundred years. It makes sense that God would continue to reveal truth all through the canon. Often the newer revelations serve to fill in the details of previously-revealed information. For example, Genesis 3:15 gives a promise of a future seed of the woman, someone who [more]
Praying for what God has promised
The Scriptures teach us to pray for the things that God has promised. We often pray for things that we are unsure of. We often pray for health problems or for people to obtain employment or for a president to be of a certain political persuasions. This is good. We should continue to do this, for God tells us to (e.g. James 5:16; Luke 1:13). Instead of being anxious, we should let our requests be made [more]
Book Review: Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries
Since reading a highly recommended secular parenting book earlier this summer out of curiosity, I've been on a bit of a parenting book binge, looking for intensely practical parenting advice like that book offered, but from a biblical perspective. Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries by June Hunt, with Peggy Sue Wells, was released by Crossway this summer, and Scott alerted me to it as one I might be interested in reading. In this book, designed for parents of children ages 2-12, Hunt asserts that establishing boundaries (with rewards and repercussions) for your children gives parents both the tools and [more]
Thoughts on Baptists and Independence
Sometimes things that look alike are actually quite different. One mushroom cooks up into a delectable repast, while another that appears almost identical can kill. A gold nugget will buy a new car, but a pyrite crystal is a mere curiosity. Careful minds learn to distinguish things that look alike when they are not the same. That is why Baptists should recognize the difference between independence, non-affiliation, and autonomy. This distinction is one that has been almost entirely lost in some circles. Nevertheless, it is crucial to the health of both Baptist churches and Baptist identity in general. Autonomy is [more]
Stop inviting God to your worship
We hear it all the time in corporate worship services: "God, we invite you to [more]
The Power of Beauty to Educate the Emotions
Sanctification is a lifelong process for a believer. Although a Christian is freed from the [more]
Can a Pastor, Deacon, or Their Wives Be Divorced and Remarried?
The titled question is difficult to answer. When divorce happens, there has been a failure [more]