There is a river whose streams gladden the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. -Psalms 46:4 There is a river! This verse enlivened me this morning in such a strong way. There is a river! I hope that by the end of this post, many would be helped... Continue Reading →
To many, "What would Jesus do?" or "WWJD" has become a sort of moral compass to their lives. When confronted with a difficult situation or even in seeing a homeless man begging for money, Christians desire to to imitate their Lord and how He lived His life on the earth. I've been considering this way... Continue Reading →
Genesis 1 in the Eyes of Paul
Much of the apparent conflict between science and the Bible stems from the opening chapter of Genesis. How can the Bible say that everything came into being through independent creation acts caused by the speaking of God? Science clearly shows that the heavens, the earth, and everything on the earth form an interconnected, progressive link... Continue Reading →
6,000 or 4.5 billion?
One of the primary issues within the reputed contention between science and the Bible is the age of the earth. Do we believe what the Bible says (6,000 years as some have suggested) or what the overwhelming majority of science says (4.54 billion years)? As noted in my last post, these issues don't really matter.... Continue Reading →
Science & the Bible
This semester, I've been assisting a professor in a signature course at the University of Texas called "Science and the Bible." This post and those that will surely precede it in no way reflect all the material in the course, nor do they represent the opinions of the professor or various authors read. The course... Continue Reading →
The 4 Laws
What role does the Law of the Old Testament play in the lives of Christians? What exactly are we supposed to do after we get saved? Why does it seem that being good is so difficult? Paul addresses all of these questions and more in the book of Romans, and it turns out that the... Continue Reading →
The Gifts in Life
As one who spent a year in a charismatic denomination, it'd be safe to say that I spent a fair amount of time studying, reciting, and speaking 1 Corinthians 12 to people. The spiritual gifts were mesmerizing to me. If God is still allowing people and even desiring His children to exercise these gifts, I... Continue Reading →
What was Finished?
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 According to the popular view in Christianity, Jesus' work was finished on the cross and now we simply need to believe in Him to get to heaven. If you're a really... Continue Reading →
A few posts back, I wrote about ordinances and how they harm the church, the new man. I think it is fitting for me to now talk about doctrine, which always goes hand and hand with ordinances. Ordinances originate (usually) from doctrines. Doctrines are a set of beliefs and interpretations of the Bible. In the... Continue Reading →
When most people hear the word "prophecy," they think of foretelling the future and speaking about something before it happens. This was definitely my concept a couple of years ago. While this surely is an aspect of what prophecy is (Ezk. 34:2, 11; Matt. 16:18; Acts 11:27-28), it is not an all-encompassing definition. Consider the... Continue Reading →