Choke-Check: What Keeps the Word from Bearing Greater Fruit in Your Life?
“18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful” (Mark 4:18–19 ESV). While this passage describes why some unbelievers never believe, it can be applied to believers who struggle to bear fruit because they struggle with these same thorns. Let’s examine the [more]
A Colorful Life
Every once in a while God sends a person into our lives whom He uses as a means of grace. A person like that is more than an acquaintance, more than a friend. By their mere presence such individuals show us that God is working in our behalf. They spur us toward greater sanctification and service. They change us, often without our even realizing it. Later on we can look back on such acquaintances and [more]
The “Two Hands” of Ministry
In 2006 an approach to church ministry began to gain popularity. It was called a “two-handed” approach to ministry. One closed hand represented the theology of the church and its grasp of biblical truth and principles. The hand being closed symbolized the non-negotiable aspects of theology. One open hand represented the methodology of the church. How a church communicates and practices biblical truth, how it worships, its appearance, etc. are all things that are negotiable and flexible and should therefore be culturally contextualized. This “two-handed” approach was also used to describe two extremes. It described the classic “fundamentalist” approach to [more]
Should philosophies of culture hinder cooperation?
There are several adjectives that I happily use to describe myself and my beliefs. The first is obviously, “Christian,” but there are a lot of people and groups that call themselves “Christian” with whom I have significant disagreement, so I need other adjectives to modify “Christian.” I happily call myself a Baptist Christian, which says certain things about my beliefs concerning church government and baptism among other things. I also describe myself as a separatist Christian, or a fundamentalist Christian, which helps to describe my perspective concerning ecclesiastic cooperation with unbelievers or those who grant Christian fellowship to unbelievers. There [more]
Why Tolkien Wrote About Middle-Earth
Some Evangelicals' credo might be: "There is only one Tolkien, and Peter Jackson is his [more]
Did God Choose Some unto Damnation?
If God decreed all things, did He actively decree that some would sin, be unbelievers, [more]
Indefensible Dispensationalism 2
In the last issue of In the Nick of Time I suggested that one of [more]