Distinction Between the Creator And The Created

Humanity has struggled with sin since Genesis 3, but it would seem that temptation was a struggle, though limited in nature, since creation itself. God alone is perfect in all his ways (Ps. 18:30; Matt. 5:48). Consequently, God “cannot be tempted with evil” (Js. 1:13). Humanity, by virtue of their creaturely nature, can be tempted … Continue reading Distinction Between the Creator And The Created

Personhood, Gender, Marriage, and Divine Order

It cannot be denied that sexuality is an expression of personhood.[1]  God designed humanity to exist in one of two genders. The male and female genders are complimentary physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Wayne Grudem summarized the implications on human sexuality from God’s creation of humanity in his image when he wrote: “According to God’s original … Continue reading Personhood, Gender, Marriage, and Divine Order

How Your Mind is Shaped by Sin and Reshaped by the Resurrection

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9 ESV).[1] This is why “each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire” (Js. 1:14). The noetic effects of the Fall refer to the deceitfulness and sinfulness of the human heart which … Continue reading How Your Mind is Shaped by Sin and Reshaped by the Resurrection

Christian Participation in the Moral Order

O’Donovan defined morality as “participation in the moral order.”[1] As Christians participate in the culture, they must shine the light of Christ as wisely as possible. This demands that all sinners are addressed with respect as the image bearers of God. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and all need … Continue reading Christian Participation in the Moral Order

Sacred Ambition

Sometimes ambition is good and sometimes ambition is bad. What makes the difference? How can we avoid selfish ambition? How can we have a sacred ambition. First, we know that Christians cannot allow selfish ambition to persist in their hearts. Selfish ambition is translated from "ἐριθεία" and is defined as "a feeling of resentfulness based … Continue reading Sacred Ambition

GOALS

We all have goals for life. We also have goals and expectations for our worship services. We have sufficient information about the worship services of the early church, but we would, of course, love to know more about exactly what they did and how they did it. The worship services outside the temple didn’t vary … Continue reading GOALS

THE INTIMIDATING GOD WORTH FINDING

Paul approached the scholarly philosophers on Mars Hill to free them from their vain philosophies and introduce them to the true God. He warned the Colossians against falling to vain philosophies (Col. 2:8). Now he worked to free the Epicureans and Stoics from their own error so they could know the true God. The Epicureans … Continue reading THE INTIMIDATING GOD WORTH FINDING