Does the Bible Claim to be Authoritative?

Most of us don’t like authority. We don’t like to be told what to do or how to do it. Yet, whether we like it or not, authority is a part of life. We will live and work under authority. We have bosses, shareholders, administrations, etc. to whom we work for. We all answer to someone. For Christians, we believe that the highest authority in … Continue reading Does the Bible Claim to be Authoritative?

Growing in Grace- Links 5/25

Thinking Theologically About Memorial Day “With Memorial Day on Monday (in the U.S.) and, no doubt, a number of patriotic services scheduled for this Sunday, I want to offer a few theses on patriotism and the church.” A Better Version of Noah’s Ark “The famous (or infamous, depending whom you ask) story of Noah and the flood fills Sunday school classes, kids’ books, and Christian … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 5/25

Am I Deceived? Marks of a True Believer

They were reclining at the table when they were hit with the shocking news. On the last night with his disciples, Jesus revealed the terrible truth: “One of you will betray me, one who is eating with me” (Mark 14:18). With raised brows and shrugged shoulders, the disciples looked around at each other confused. Who could it be? They were among their closest friends; surely … Continue reading Am I Deceived? Marks of a True Believer

Growing in Grace: Links 5/18

A collection of links you might find helpful or interesting. Click below to read: Are You Ashamed of the Gospel? “These cultural pressures make it seem so difficult to share Jesus with our neighbors and friends and family, even though we believe it to be good news for them. Why is it so hard?” Confessions of a Selfie Saturated Culture “To be clear, anyone who … Continue reading Growing in Grace: Links 5/18

How Can We Know Anything About God?

Deep in the heart of man is a yearning, something within us that tells us that there’s more to this universe than what we see. It tells us that we are just a small part on a large stage directed by someone or something else. Some call this invisible force ‘fate.’ Others call it ‘the universe.’ But for many, we call him ‘God.’ But, how … Continue reading How Can We Know Anything About God?

Doing the Impossible: Foster Care and the Church

I tiptoed into my room so I wouldn’t wake him. Laying on a mattress wrapped in his red ‘blankey’ was a napping three-year-old little boy. While typically an explosion of energy, loudly bouncing around from one toy to the next, he lay there asleep and looked so peaceful. We had received a call from CPS a few days before saying there was a child in need … Continue reading Doing the Impossible: Foster Care and the Church

Growing in Grace- Links 5/4

A collection of links to encourage your growth. Click links below to read: Why We Cringe at ‘Submit’ “Why do I feel that little bit of rebellion or shame when I hear the word “submit?” I think it’s proof that we as Christians are constantly battling worldliness…The worldly thinking that constantly creeps into our minds is that our value and our dignity as people comes … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 5/4

Mind, Heart, and Will: Examining the Great Doctrines of the Bible

Doctrine. It’s a bad word among many. It conjures up images of dry, stuffy, arrogant intellectuals who don’t seem to have an ounce of compassion or love in their bodies. One might think of prideful ‘know-it-alls’ who show little signs of spirituality and don’t like to have fun. I’m not saying those type of people don’t exist, but their existence doesn’t negate our need for … Continue reading Mind, Heart, and Will: Examining the Great Doctrines of the Bible