From the blog this week: Marks of a Healthy Church: Expositional Preaching, Blogging as a Local Ministry, and Marks of a Healthy Church: Biblical Theology.
“Would we be grateful for a small team or begrudge it? Would we thank and honor the Lord with the few or demand that he give us many? Would it feel worth it if only a handful of people responded?”
“The start of a new year brings hope. This new beginning delivers the courage to believe that anything is possible. Our past days are behind us, and we anticipate better days are ahead. We boldly step into this new season armed with our expectations for how things will be better this year.”
“As a follower of Christ, I’m looking for ways to grow spiritually. Paul writes, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).
So, how do we grow in godliness?”
“This verse is one of the most controversial texts in all of the NT, mainly because there is such a difference of opinion over what it is that Paul is disallowing…Nevertheless, we can simplify the discussion by dividing interpretive options into two groups.”
“The only thing that separates you and me from those who run headlong into their rejection of Christ is Christ Himself. Scoffers, sinners, wicked–such were all of us. Though we rejected Him, we can now stand like a tree by a creek in the holler with roots that run down deep, nourished by the words of the Lord who transferred us from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of the Son He loves (Col. 1:13).”
“Though we universally agree that he will return, the timing, circumstances, and sequence of events are all matters of much dispute. Some respond to these disagreements by making eschatology ultimate, the mark of a standing or falling Christian. Some respond by failing to attach any importance to any view of eschatology. There has to be a better way.”