Politics and Purity Every day, as I read through the Bible, I'm amazed by what doesn't change. People have always been people, and we will forever continue to make the same mistakes. Proverbs 31 contains advice from a mother to her son, who happens to be a king. We...read more
In a previous post, we talked about marriage as God's way to avoid sexual temptation. The Bible is very straightforward about calling premarital sex, or fornication, a sin. It's wrong, and we shouldn't do it. But what if we've already committed that sin? Let's take a...read more
Not Secular Freedom I can remember the first time the Fourth of July fell on a Sunday after my conversion to Christianity. We were visiting family in Indiana, and we attended services at a small congregation in the countryside. The church didn't have a "located...read more
Look to Forgive, Not to Judge It’s no secret that the world deserves God’s judgment (Romans. 3.9). However, we must be those who seek to forgive. There isn’t a single adult person, culture, nation or group of people who claim righteous before God. Everyone who sinned...read more
The Law of Moses has detailed rules on how to make an oath, including different types of vows and regulations for how, when, and by whom they are fulfilled. There are even rules about who can cancel an oath and when. God wants his people to honor their word, so let’s...read more
We're in the middle of a pandemic problem concerning biblical marriage: around 3% of young people today keep themselves pure until their wedding. This failure is catastrophic by any conceivable metric. Something has to change; the status quo is unacceptable. What is a...read more
It may seem strange, but the Bible tells us that we should be ambitious. It's true, Christians should be ambitious people. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that they should "be ambitious to be quiet." That's not typically how we think of ambition, so, what does it...read more
The Bible contains all of the truth that God wants us to have, and it has all the information we need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1.3). We do not need fanciful arguments or clever tricks to show people the truth in God's word, but we do need to make sure the...read more
The state of California is restricting travel for all state employees to Texas. The basis for this restriction is the preservation of religious freedom for certain adoption agencies or other religious-based child welfare organizations. This raises many interesting...read more
Traditionally, Christians went through a process known as catechesis. There are still many groups that put young people through such a process, but it seems to be falling from favor and being given much less importance than in ages past. Why are we losing this...read more
Can this list of troublesome verses be explained? Many times, if we take time to look at what God is actually saying, apparent difficulties will disappear. Other times, it is a faulty method of understanding the Bible that causes trouble. Reading an ancient text covering almost every social and cultural topic imaginable is quite a task and requires diligence and wisdom. Let’s go through these passages and see what God is actually saying.
Who are the local leaders in a church? Coming soon!
What is baptism? What does it mean? Coming soon!