What does the term "irresistible grace" mean? Whatever happened to free will? This first article in a short series will attempt to answer those questions.
There are many songs that we sing in church that we have sung for so long without ever questioning their biblical accuracy. There are many new songs that we love to listen to for which we have never given due theological consideration. The purpose of this article is to encourage us to pay attention to what we confess in song. False doctrine is not typically apparent, but sneaks up on us in beautiful and often subtle ways.
The primary purpose for my blog is to spread the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to explain what the Bible actually says about the issues of salvation, the church, and the application of biblical truths to real life. For that purpose, I try to avoid making direct references to politically related issues. But sometimes silence is not very effective. That is especially true in the case of abortion. My beliefs may not be popular, but I believe they are true to the word of God.
Rethinking the Garden
Many people will argue that God gave man the gift of free will in the Garden of Eden. A close study of the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve may indicate a more sinister source.
We love the idea of a new year, because we enjoy the opportunity of starting over. We love new beginnings, which is why we get such joy out of the birth of a baby. Thankfully, we serve a God who also loves new beginnings – who loves to create new things.
It’s not as Dark as it Seems
Just in case you are in one of those stagnant or declining churches or one of those areas of the world where the health of the local church is suffering, it might help to lift your eyes and look beyond your own horizon. In fact, it might help you to get on a plane and go see what is happening in other places around the world. If that is not possible, then the next best thing might be to read about what is happening with the church in the rest of the world.
When did the story of Christmas begin? The world had its ideas. The Bible also tells us of that beginning, but in very different ways in each of the four gospels.
The Real Christmas Story, Part 4
This is the final installment of a series dealing with myths that have grown up around the story of Advent as recorded by Luke in chapter 2 of his gospel. What really happened with the shepherds in the story?
The Real Christmas Story, Part 3
This is the third installment on this series of articles dealing with the traditions and myths that surround Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus in the second chapter of his gospel. In this article and the next, we will look at the story of the shepherds. We will try to peel back the layers of tradition to find out what really happened on the night of Advent.
The Real Christmas Story, Part 2
This is the second article in a short series dealing with the myths that have grown up around the birth of Jesus as first recorded by Luke in his gospel. Dealing with traditions as ingrained as those associated with the Christmas story is like treading on thin ice, but we need to evaluate all that we believe to be sure that what we believe is supported by the written word of God. In this article, we will deal with the fact that there was no room in the inn.