Trojan Horse Christians

If the Greeks had delivered their gift to the people of Troy and said, "This is a huge wooden horse filled with soldiers ready to kill you." the people of Troy would have known what they were getting. Instead, a real Trojan horse involves deception; it involves treachery you would not see coming. Here is the … Continue reading Trojan Horse Christians

When the Lost Come Home

But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. – Luke 15:20 The kiss of the father in the parable of the prodigal son is full of meaning. The prodigal has returned home, but only after forsaking his father and … Continue reading When the Lost Come Home

The Broken Church Light: The Old Man

He finished tightening the light bulb and stepped back to examine his work. Ever since his wife died a few years ago, he spends much of his time serving at the church. As a retired electrician, he enjoyed bringing out the old toolbox. He had wanted to do this for some time. His wife always … Continue reading The Broken Church Light: The Old Man

The Broken Church Light: The Pastor

He decided to walk to church because several things were weighing heavy on his heart. After 13 years of pastoring the small congregation, the church appeared worse off than when he had started. It was a warm and bright August day, but the forerunners of fall were in the air announcing that colder weather was … Continue reading The Broken Church Light: The Pastor

Why We Are Called Christians

"The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch." Acts 11:26 The lives of the converts were so different from their unbelieving neighbors, that they were called Christians. It is supposed that the name was given them in mockery or contempt by the heathen people of Antioch. But the name stuck, and is now used universally … Continue reading Why We Are Called Christians

7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Teaching scripture is a spiritual gift, but it is also a skill. This means that not everyone is called to be a teacher; it also means just because someone is gifted does not mean they do not need to improve their skills. Several things come into play that impacts the quality of teaching. The sound of your voice, … Continue reading 7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Knowing and Enjoying God by Tim Challies and Jules Koblun

Knowing and enjoying God is humanity’s highest aim. It is what Jesus is talking about when he says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” It is also the underlying call behind the warning, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Martyn Lloyd Jones once said, “It … Continue reading Knowing and Enjoying God by Tim Challies and Jules Koblun

Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

Perhaps we rely on entertainment in the church to keep things interesting because we do not trust enough in God to keep our gatherings compelling. Entertainment is easy compared to waiting on God because waiting on God requires that we come to church with hearts prepared, undistracted by the world, and with a desire to … Continue reading Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

To the Christians in Afghanistan

To the Christians in Afghanistan, especially those of you about to die for your faith, I doubt you will ever have the chance to read this, but my heart breaks for you. The Lord knows your anguish. He knows the trouble you face, and he is aware of your powerlessness. He also sees your poverty, … Continue reading To the Christians in Afghanistan

The Broken Church Light: The Woman

Nothing held her attention more than the broken church light, and the irritation it caused ran through her entire body. It had been years since she had attended a worship service, and she could not focus. She wondered why she was even there. The church was smaller than she remembered. The other 43 people in … Continue reading The Broken Church Light: The Woman