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Friday, October 21, 2016
How do you sleep at night? With all the trouble and turmoil in the world; with the threat of violence and financial collapse always looming; with corruption permeating governments at every level; and with strife, anger, and conflict along every social and political dividing line, how can any of us get a good night’s rest?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Today we are seeing an enormous amount of evangelical pushback when biblical doctrines collide with personal preferences. With a plethora of interpretations and opinions for any given text, absolute, authoritative truth has a diminishing presence on the evangelical landscape.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
We needn’t cower or capitulate to postmodern arguments about uncertainty. We can follow the example of Christ and speak with the same conviction that He did. In the following video clip—taken from a sermon called “Jesus Appears Before Pilate, Part 1”—John MacArthur recounts Christ’s encounter with a first-century postmodern thinker called Pontius Pilate.
Monday, October 17, 2016
For postmodern philosophers and theologians, searching for truth is like chasing a rainbow—a journey with no real destination. They believe “the truth is out there” but they’re comfortable keeping it that way—perpetually beyond reach. Yet there’s nothing actually new or innovative about their pseudo-quest. They merely echo what Pontius Pilate said two thousand years earlier: “What is truth?” (John 18:38).
Friday, October 14, 2016
By almost every measure, Saul was the wrong man to be Israel’s first king. He was weak, stubborn, selfish, and arrogant. At every turn, he failed to live up to God’s standards and fulfill His commands. One of Saul’s greatest failures is recorded in 1 Samuel 15. Saul had been ordered to carry out God’s judgment on the Amalekites.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Today, good deeds are embraced as the best way to foster unity and advance God’s kingdom. And who’s going to argue against charitable works? Nobody objects to feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless. For that reason, many Christians now argue that doing is more important than believing.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
God’s Word is not an ancient riddle, and biblical exegesis is not a treasure hunt. There is no fundamental Christian doctrine that hasn’t been plainly revealed in Scripture. And yet much of modern scholarship is overrun with people who are so busy excavating deeper meaning that they end up burying the truth right under their noses.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Many churches today are overrun by postmodern pseudo-Christians who could do with a good dose of Twain’s honesty. There are many who now argue Scripture is too mysterious to be delivered with conviction. Most would never come right out and deny that the Bible is the Word of God, but they say as much when they insist that no one has any right to say for sure what the Bible means.
Friday, October 7, 2016
What do people look for when choosing a church? Most people would likely look for a gifted and engaging preacher. Or maybe they’re more interested in stimulating worship, so they keep an eye out for talented musicians. Perhaps their kids take first priority, so they look for a church with a thriving children’s ministry. On the other hand, maybe they simply want to feel welcome, so they’ll settle for any place with friendly faces and a welcoming environment.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
It’s one thing to have a discussion about postmodernism. It’s quite another to meet it face-to-face and try to reason with the postmodern mind.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
A famous preacher recently recounted his experience on a major university campus. When addressing a large gathering of students, he was widely applauded for introducing himself as someone who had searched for the truth. But the cheers turned into wild booing when he told them that he’d found the truth.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting what an author has written. For Christians, it means following the appropriate rules for interpreting Scripture. But in a culture dominated by subjectivity, an objective, authoritative truth has no place—even in many churches.
Friday, September 30, 2016
When it comes to those of us who know and love the Lord, what should be our driving ambition? What should be the top priority of our lives—the one thing that all our other goals, pursuits, and priorities fall in line under?
Thursday, September 29, 2016
When Jesus preached, He called people to enter the kingdom (Luke 13:24). Sometimes He urged people to be saved (John 5:34). And other time He spoke of inheriting eternal life (Mark 10:30). All three expressions point to the reality that occurs at conversion. When a person trusts Christ, that person is saved, inherits eternal life, and enters into the kingdom of God.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The world is on fire. In just the short time since we began this series on fixing our eyes on heaven, we’ve witnessed bombings, rioting, and violence across the country. That’s on top of a deeply contentious election cycle, amid daily reports of corruption and scandal. And all of it comes in a world living under the constant threat of more terrorist attacks or another financial collapse.