I attended a Christian University along with 5,000 other students, most of whom came from Christian homes. Although I never conducted an official survey, my general impression was that very few of my fellow Christian students had grown up in homes where family worship had been regularly practiced. It was a foreign concept to most … Continue reading Family Worship: Its Decline
In celebration of my wife's tenth full year of being cancer free, I am posting again the article I wrote about how God saw us through that difficult trial. Of course, the focus here is on my own struggle as her husband, but the article communicates a theology of God's sovereignty over suffering and trials that … Continue reading How the Lord Shepherded Me Through My Wife’s Battle With Ovarian Cancer (Reposted – 10 Year Anniversary)
Introduction: As I studied this passage, I was reminded of a famous poem by Robert Frost: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took … Continue reading The Narrow Way (Matthew 7:13-14 Teaching Outline)
Have you noticed that Facebook, especially the theological forums, can bring out the worst in us? My first experience with a theological forum was about 20 years ago when I was in college. Being excited to throw in my two cents, I jumped into the theological discussion. So exciting to see something I had written … Continue reading Facebook Etiquette
Note: Read verses 1-10 in order to get the context in mind. Introduction: Consider the following illustration from a past edition of Today In The Word: Harvesting was a far more difficult task before Cyrus McCormick invented the mechanical reaper. Even laboring long hours, farmhands using sickles could harvest no more than one acre per … Continue reading Being Generous and Doing Good (Galatians 6:6-10 Teaching Outline)
Note: As I have pointed out before, I have a habit of including references to Greek terms in my notes, whether I actually refer to them or not, so I have left them in with transliterations. Introduction: Remember that in last week's post we saw that Paul describes the Christian life as a battle between … Continue reading Bearing One’s Own Load (Galatians 6:3-5 Teaching Outline)
Note: Begin reading the passage at 5:16 and read through 6:5 in order to get the context in mind. Note also that I have a habit of including references to Greek terms in my notes, whether I actually refer to them or not, so I have left them in with transliterations. Introduction: These days it … Continue reading Bearing One Another’s Burdens (Galatians 6:1-2 Teaching Outline)
Introduction: One of the central passages of the New Testament concerning Jesus' obedience is found in Philippians 2. In it the Apostle Paul sets forth Jesus as our example of obedience: NKJ Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did … Continue reading The Wisdom of Obeying Your Parents (Luke 2:39-52 Teaching Outline)
I also highly recommend Jeff's book The Church: Why Bother? In fact, it is a good book to give to friends or other people in your church. See also: The Church: Why Bother? by Jeff Johnson and episodes of the Confessing Baptist podcasts here and here.
Sadly, there are far too many inconsistent Calvinists who need to hear this rebuke! The booklet James mentions -- "The Practical Implications of Calvinism" -- may be downloaded for free here.