Desperate for Nothing

If we were asked if we desire the world's attention, most of us would probably say, "no." However, there are often little things we do to betray that answer. There is a hunger for notoriety that seems to plague us all from time to time. Even as Christians, who know God and enjoy him, we still often think … Continue reading Desperate for Nothing

10 Quick Thoughts on the “Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” Podcast

The following is guest post by Michael Clary (originally posted on his FB page). 1. It's really well done. The overall production value is good, and the storytelling is excellent and interesting. 2. One insight was particularly good, which is that some men have talent and charisma that far exceed their personal maturity. Driscoll should … Continue reading 10 Quick Thoughts on the “Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” Podcast

Smartphones and Fallen Natures

Have our smartphones made us better people? Back in the 90s, the power of the computer age was still in its infancy. For example, if you wanted to watch something, you only had so many options. You were held captive to the schedules of the major broadcasting networks and cable companies. Sure, you could pop a tape into the VCR, but … Continue reading Smartphones and Fallen Natures

7 Tips to Grow in Biblical Knowledge

It is possible to study scripture in ways that hurt you instead of helping you. When we approach scripture, we must make sure we do it on God’s terms, not our own. Below you will find seven tips to grow in biblical knowledge that will help you avoid some of the pitfalls and come away with a … Continue reading 7 Tips to Grow in Biblical Knowledge

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

The Prodigal’s Return

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 The Prodigal’s Return

The Broken Church Light (Part 3)

Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here. 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 … Continue reading The Broken Church Light (Part 3)

The Broken Church Light (Part 2)

Read part 1 here. 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 … Continue reading The Broken Church Light (Part 2)

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