From the blog this week: Marks of a Healthy Church: A Biblical Understanding of Conversion.
“Sometimes I think, well, yes, I’m too busy. And certainly, there are times I should clear the docket a little. But most of the time, my late-night train rides are due to nothing more complicated than doubt that God is sufficient for me (2 Cor. 9:8, 12:9).”
” Here, Christ is clearing up any misconception about the adulterous person, signifying where his sin originates. Surprising to his audience, adultery does not begin with the physical stroke of a woman’s hair but rather in the deep recesses of a man’s heart, where the intent to do so is found.”
“Shame and guilt are often confused in people’s thinking. What are they, and how do they differ? More important still, how might we be set free from the debilitating effects of shame? Here are ten things to keep in mind.”
“As one preacher has asked, if a man came to the door asking to take our car keys, ensuring he’d have our vehicle back by nine that evening, would any of us just hand him the keys? We would have questions for him: Who is he? Is he trustworthy? What are his intentions? The question then becomes, Are our daughters (and sisters) of less value than melded steel resting on four wheels?”
“One of the questions I was asked was related to success at sharing the gospel, and if we are judged based on our faithfulness in doing so. Here is my answer.”
“But students in local churches also need to know how to make an essential pro-life argument and convey it to non-Christians.”