Four Wrong Responses to the Gospel Call

Jonathan Edwards, most noted in literature for his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,”  and in history for his part in the revival known as “The Great Awakening,” is still regarded as one of America’s greatest thinkers. I love Edwards’ sermons. He uses words to construct vivid…

A Bountiful Eye

He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he shares his bread with the poor. Proverbs 22:9 (ESV) I once worked in an office with someone who said she operated out of the “Principle of Generosity.” She explained that she wasn’t greedy for sales because there’s always enough…

Illustration from Alice in Wonderland Gutenberg Project (Public Domain)

Using Jesus to Unlock the Old Testament

In another blog, “Are You Disappointed?”  I said that Jesus believed the Scriptures had something to say about him and that, in fact, Jesus believed he is “The Key” to understanding all the Old Testament Scriptures. Sidney Greidanus’ book, “Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method,”  begins…

Are You Disappointed?

I’ve realized that disappointment comes when my present reality doesn’t live up to my expectations.  It creeps in, and sometimes drops, like a brick when my life, my marriage, my children, my career, or my plan is headed in a different direction (By “different,” I mean “worse,” and by worse,…

Olympic Glory and God’s Glory

Aly Raisman’s 2012 Olympic gold-medal winning floor exercise  was awe-inspiring – I couldn’t help but hold my breath and cheer her on during the performance.  Her routine compelled my spontaneous applause and ecstatic comments. “That was perfect!” “Excellent!”  “Amazing!” “It couldn’t have been better!” “She didn’t even wobble!” I said…

Photo by Carol Highsmith of a Western Store Display Window

I Put Him on Display

If you put Him on display, how does God look so far? Three things contributed to this blog topic. 1.  So far this year I’ve read book of Proverbs seven times and have noticed that the father, talking to the son he loves and delights in, says many times and…

What’s all the Commotion About?

… the approach of Divine Majesty causes commotion …. Abraham Kuyper was a nineteenth-century Dutch Reformed pastor, writer, and politician. You can google his biography and find out lots more about this amazing man. Kuyper wrote in the Dutch language, but thanks to translators, many of his works are available…

If God is in control and needs nothing, why serve God?

  The other night in our life group one of the younger men noted that all the people he knew who struggled with Christianity were asking the “big questions.” I’ve noticed that often these “BIG” questions are in the form of If God is …, then why? I was and still am…

If God is in control of everything, why pray?

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Psalm 115:3  God’s Greater Glory “God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith,”  by Bruce A. Ware is a book that had a huge impact on my understanding of the value of God’s glory…