“Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible” ed. Grudem, Collins, and Schreiner

…God has a unified plan for all of history. His ultimate purpose, ‘a plan for the fullness of time,’ is ‘to unite all things in him [Christ], things in heaven and things on earth’ (Eph. 1:10), ‘to the praise of his glory’ (Eph. 1:12). God had this plan from the beginning. -Vern S. Poythress IContinue reading ““Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible” ed. Grudem, Collins, and Schreiner”

“Explicit Gospel” – Matt Chandler

For some reason – namely, our depravity – we have a tendency to think that the cross saves us from past sin, but after we are saved, we have to take over and clean ourselves up. This sort of thinking is devastating to the soul. We call this the “assumed gospel,” and it flourishes whenContinue reading ““Explicit Gospel” – Matt Chandler”

Rewind: Words, words, words

I have always enjoyed reading. When I was a kid, I read all kinds of things, from some terrible Sci-Fi novels to Shakespeare (the title is a Hamlet quote, by the way; Act 2 Scene 2). What I haven’t always enjoyed was reading books that would teach me something. Especially after college, I found it really difficultContinue reading “Rewind: Words, words, words”

“Unfashionable” – Tullian Tchividjian

Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world; they don’t make a difference by being the same. What does it look like to live a Christian life? When people look at us, what should they see? Should Christians stand out, visible against a backdrop of non-believers? Should they have thatContinue reading ““Unfashionable” – Tullian Tchividjian”

“Weird” – Craig Groeschel

Normal infects our faith as well, both what we believe and how we live it out. When we consider how people relate to God, it’s normal to either reject God altogether or believe in him while living as if he doesn’t exist. In churches, normal is lukewarm Christianity, self-centered spiritual consumerism, and shallow, me-driven faith.Continue reading ““Weird” – Craig Groeschel”

“How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” – Andy Andrews

The answer is breathtakingly simple. And it is a method still being used by some elected leaders to achieve various goals today. How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Lie to them. The holocaust is universally viewed as an absolutely horrible event. We have pictures and movies documenting the atrocities carried out by the Nazi’sContinue reading ““How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” – Andy Andrews”

“Let Justice Roll Down” – John M. Perkins

True Christian change works more like an old oak tree in the spring, when the new life inside pushes off the old dead leaves that still hang on. John M. Perkins is not necessarily a household name, but he probably should be. Perkins was born into a sharecropping family in rural Mississippi in 1930. HeContinue reading ““Let Justice Roll Down” – John M. Perkins”