It was a saying of a noble Roman when he was hasting with corn to a city in famine, and the mariners were loath to set sail in foul weather, "it is necessary for us to sail – it is not necessary to live." What is it that you count necessary? Is your bread necessary? … Continue reading It is Necessary for us to Sail – It is not Necessary for us to Live
The New Atheism’s Leap of Faith
The new atheism has been in the picture for about 15 years now. It came on the scene thanks to books like Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation, among others. There truly is nothing new in the atheistic belief system itself or the arguments … Continue reading The New Atheism’s Leap of Faith
3 Views of the Millennium
The millennium is specifically mentioned in Rev. 20. In fact, it is the only place were it is explicitly stated. Its theme, however, seems to run throughout scripture. There are three primary views held regarding the millennium. These views deal with its timing in relation to Christ's second coming and its nature; is it literal … Continue reading 3 Views of the Millennium
A Pastor’s Concern About Death-Bed Conversions
Repentance begins in the humiliation of the heart, and ends in the reformation of the heart and of the life. Sincere repentance is never too late, but late repentance is seldom sincere. The thief on the cross repented, and was pardoned in the last hour of his life. We have one such instance in scripture--that none might despair; and only one--that none might presume.
Is Sunday the Lord’s Day?
The following is Henry Scudder's reasoning from Scripture as to why Sunday is a day set apart for the Lord. Put a difference between this and the other six days, even as you put a difference between the bread and wine in the sacrament, and that which is for common use. And that because it … Continue reading Is Sunday the Lord’s Day?
The sin before us is a very old one. Ambition, self-esteem, and self-conceit--lie deep at the bottom of all men's hearts, and often in the hearts where they are least suspected! Thousands imagine that they are humble, who cannot bear to see an equal more honored and favored than themselves. Few indeed can be found who rejoice heartily in another's promotion over themselves.
11 Self-Refuting Arguments Against Christian Truth
If you publicly express your faith in Jesus, you will undoubtedly face challenges to your beliefs. This should not surprise us because Jesus told us this would happen. Thankfully, for those of us in the United States, most of these challenges are only verbal in nature. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around … Continue reading 11 Self-Refuting Arguments Against Christian Truth
The Entrenched Intellectualist
We first looked at J.I. Packers description of the Restless Experientialists. Now we move on to the entrenched intellectualist. May we avoid both extremes. “Think now of the entrenched intellectualists in the evangelical world: a second familiar breed, though not as common as the previous type. Some of them seem to be victims of an … Continue reading The Entrenched Intellectualist
The Restless Experientialists
Those whom I call restless experientialists are a familiar breed, so much so that observers are sometimes tempted to define evangelicalism in terms of them. Their outlook is one of casual haphazardness and fretful impatience, of grasping after novelties, entertainments, and ‘highs’, and of valuing strong feelings above deep thoughts.
The Conscience Will Not Always Sleep
They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them. - Romans 2:15 The principal means which God uses in conversion, is that of conscience; and indeed without this, all the rest are in vain. Outward afflictions are … Continue reading The Conscience Will Not Always Sleep