Upcoming trip to Brazil
Tomorrow afternoon I am taking off for Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I have been invited to speak at a conference of national pastors and missionaries. The theme of the conference is "The Gospel and Christian Affections." I will be preaching six sermons and presenting two workshops on that theme. Here are my sessions: The Source of Communion with God (2 Corinthians 4:1-6) Drawing Near to Communion with God (Hebrews 10:19-22) The Threat to Communion with God (2 [more]
Christian culture
We are in the midst of a series on New Testament implications of the idea that culture is essentially behavior. Here are the previous two implications: New Testament authors explain cultural differences between various people groups as differences of belief and value. New Testament authors identify people groups (ethnicities, tribes, nations, etc.) as those of common ancestral heritage who share common culture flowing from common values. The third implication is that New Testament authors demand [more]
The Spirit Within and Hearts Aflame
How does the indwelling of the Spirit make living in God's presence an experiential reality? The Spirit reveals God to our worshipping spirits. Since God the Spirit reveals God the Son, his presence within us becomes God's immediate link of communion with us. Not that the Spirit works apart from his own chosen means of revealing Christ: the rightly-interpreted Word of God. Nevertheless, just as rightly-mixed chemicals can remain inert without a spark or an injection of energy, so rightly-interpreted Scriptures can remain lifeless to the believer unless the Spirit illuminates them. His ministry of granting believers spiritual insight, of [more]
Handbook for the Heart: Deuteronomy 17:18–20 and the Character of a Christian Leader
Last week we looked at Deut 17:14–17 and discovered three prohibitions for Israel’s kings that Christian leaders can follow in principle today. This week, we’ll read through Deut 17:14–20 again and see the import of the positive commands for the king in Deut 17:18–20. Deuteronomy 17:14–20 (ESV) 14 “When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. [more]
All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles
Before us are Paul's words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23: For though I am [more]
Culture and ethnicity
I am writing a series on implications of the idea that culture is essentially the [more]
Of Horses and Harems: Deuteronomy 17:14–17 and the Character of a Christian Leader
Three weeks ago, I gave an introduction to a series on character of the Christian [more]