Psalm 34:22 “No one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.” Some characters from the Bible are difficult to identify with. You may not feel the strongest connection to Samuel, Noah, or Job. But David is the Bible’s everyman. To the poor or the young, he is David the shepherd boy; to the eminent, […]
So I’m up at Malibu Club, a Young Life camp, on the BC Coast this week, hanging with a bunch of high school kids from Arizona and Montana. One kid came up to me today and asked me to sit down with him. He mentioned that he had a hard time believing in God, or […]
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2 Much effort is required to rescue someone, say, from exploitation. Yet the rescue is just the beginning of a new journey. A longer process of healing is needed to lift psychological and emotional weights. This illustrates sanctification, the journey of transformation that follows salvation. Sanctification […]
Do you need God to be good? I think a lot of Christians would quote something like Isaiah 64 on this one: “All our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” Or they might point to the words of Jesus to the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10: “No one is good except God.” However, the standard of good […]
I am at a concert, but I am also at a worship service. The music is not religious, but it draws me in and I can’t help but want something with its source.
As you have believed, so let it be done for you Matthew 8 Jesus’ disciples barely weathered a potentially life threatening storm as Jesus slept soundly. In panic, they woke Jesus and he pacified the storm around them with a word. As the storm within them calmed, Jesus perplexedly asked where their faith (confident expectation) was. The disciples had […]
As one of the 20th century’s most recognizable and respected names, Billy Graham set the standard for great evangelistic preaching. He proclaimed the gospel unashamedly with passion and integrity — exactly what an anointed preacher is supposed to do. People hear sermons preached from pulpits in churches every week. Today, we have the privilege of […]
The kingdom Jesus preached is an environment that does not fear looking upside-down to others. It involves risks; sometimes very small ones, sometimes great leaps of faith, standing upon nothing except the promises of the Bible, what some call “blind faith”, or, disparagingly, “foolishness”. In this universe He created, God has set forth many paradoxes. […]
Mark 1:14-20 E.V. Hill, that old African-American evangelist-preacher told a story about a little old lady who sat at the front row of his church. When he’d get up and preach about all of the things that were wrong in the world, this lady would say, “Get to the good news.” He would preach about […]
Bloggers have blogged, academics have pontificated and authors have rushed to judgment in print since the release of Rob Bell’s Love Wins this spring.