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Commentary Special
Friday, May 22, 2015
Mary Magdalene. The name conjures all sorts of modern misconceptions. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code portrays Mary as the secret wife of Jesus who mothered His descendants which later emigrated to the south of France. That book may have earned him a lot of money but it still inhabits the fiction shelves of bookstores. And with good reason—Brown’s plot twists are actually borrowed lies that were refuted long ago. God’s Word, on the other hand, remains an unshakable and unchangeable source of truth. It stands as the only reliable testimony to the life of Mary Magdalene. The real Mary was a woman who had been delivered from the relentless torment of demonic possession. Christ miraculously rescued her from her horrendous spiritual captivity, and she remained faithfully devoted to Him. In fact, even when the other disciples fled from Christ in His darkest hour, she remained faithful.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The name Mary Magdalene has a ring of familiarity in the modern era, even among people who are unfamiliar with the Bible. Fiction writers, conspiracy theorists, and religious revisionists have all managed to put their own spin on her story. But all of those extrabiblical inventions pale in comparison to the biblical truth about Mary Magdalene.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Who is Mary Magdalene? What it is about her that garners so much attention? Was she a prostitute, a disciple, or even the wife of Jesus Christ? The legends surrounding this woman range from the innocuous to the blasphemous. The real tragedy, however, is how such myths distract us from the reality of God’s grace in this woman’s life.
Friday, May 15, 2015
What are your children learning from your example? Are they learning the joys and blessings of a life submitted to God’s Word and His will, or do they only hear about your frustrations and disappointments? Do they see you resting in the comfort of God’s sovereignty, or consumed with worry and despair? Are they learning the value of righteousness, faithfulness, and hard work? Or are they learning to be liars, cheats, and hypocrites?
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
What are the bare-bone facts of the gospel? What is the minimum information needed to believe and be saved? While those questions may foster interesting discussions, they are not valid questions for developing evangelistic programs. Sadly, too many evangelistic efforts are based on answers to those questions.
Monday, May 11, 2015
There’s only one remedy for a child’s inborn depravity: The new birth. Regeneration. As Jesus said to Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. . . . [Therefore,] you must be born again” (John 3:6–7).
Friday, May 08, 2015
Many parents live in fear that any parental misstep might mar their child’s character in some irreparable way. They think if something goes wrong in childhood, the child might begin to drift spiritually or wander morally. But the truth is that our children are already marred by sin from the moment they are conceived. The drive to sin is embedded in their very natures. All that is required for the tragic harvest is that children be allowed to give unrestrained expression to those evil desires.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Parents tend to make parenting more complex, and yet more superficial, than it really is. Christian parents today are begging for detailed programs, step-by-step methodologies, and turnkey instructions. Parenting gurus happily oblige. They offer precise plans for feeding infants God’s way; Christian methods for toilet-training toddlers; extensive lists of dos and don’ts governing preschoolers’ social lives; and similar catalogs of rules for every stage of life up to marriage.
Monday, May 04, 2015
You can’t save your children. You can raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord, guard them from the sinful influences and temptations of the world, and cocoon them in the fellowship of others who know and love God. But in the end, as we saw last time, their repentance and faith cannot be inherited or manufactured—salvation is God’s work, not yours. As a parent, your influence can only go so far.
Friday, May 01, 2015
Is there anything believers can do to guarantee the salvation of their children? No doubt many Christian parents have asked that very question, naturally hoping to see their offspring grow to know and love the Lord, and spared the horrors of hell.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Our world has an increasingly cynical view of children. More and more the cultural depiction of parenting is negative, with particular emphasis on the child’s capacity to frustrate. While it’s true that at times children bring unique challenges into our lives, no loving parent wants to view their child as a hindrance to happiness.
Monday, April 27, 2015
An old Chinese proverb says, “One generation plants the trees and another gets the shade.” Our generation lives in the shade of many trees that were planted by our ancestors. In spiritual terms, we derive shade from our parents’ and grandparents’ ethical standards, their perceptions of right and wrong, their sense of moral duty, and above all, their spiritual commitment. Their ideals determined the kind of civilization we inherited from them, and our generation’s ideals will likewise shape tomorrow’s culture for our kids.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Imagine how precarious your relationship with Christ would be if He only loved you when it was convenient for Him, or only when you were most attractive to Him. Everyone knows what it’s like to be loved imperfectly—and, if we’re honest, what it’s like to love someone else imperfectly.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ask the typical man on the street to give one word that embodies the essence of leadership, and he’ll probably suggest words such as authority, control, or power. Scripture’s view of leadership is characterized by a different word: love.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Postmodernism has left many scars on modern evangelicalism. One that is particularly deep is the practice of defining biblical concepts in our own terms. Bible studies often revolve around the question: “What does this verse mean to you?” Sermons and Bible lessons begin with the phrase: “To me this means . . .” And “context” has more to do with the interpreter and not what’s being interpreted.
Friday, April 17, 2015
The word submission conjures ugly images and even uglier reactions in our “liberated” modern culture. The concept of submission is now popularly associated with weakness, defeat, and oppression.