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Oct 2022 31 Oct 31, 2022

I have often written about the diminishing presence in the professing church of what might be called the “functional authority” of Scripture. Most professing Christians contend that they believe in the “authority” of the Bible in some vague sense of the term. But when it comes to how the Bible actually “functions” to exert its authority over our beliefs and behavior, well, that is another matter. Let me give you one example from histo...Read More

Oct 2022 28 Oct 28, 2022

The so-called imprecatory psalms have always posed a problem for Christians who wonder if it is permissible for them to pray a curse or ask for judgment on the unbelieving of the world. I’ve written extensively on this in my book, More Precious Than Gold: 50 Daily Devotions on the Psalms (Crossway). Yesterday (October 27), Crossway published a short article by C. John Collins addressing this question in light of Psalm 5. Here is the portion of the psalm that Colli...Read More

Oct 2022 25 Oct 25, 2022

A few years ago, when I was preaching through Proverbs, I address the question of whether or not Christians should make use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Last week, Joe Carter of the Gospel Coalition wrote an excellent article explaining why his answer is No. I urge you to read it here. Below is the summation of the reasons why I agree with Carter. These comments are taken from my sermon on the subject. As most of you know, this past November (2013) the citiz...Read More

Oct 2022 24 Oct 24, 2022

October 06, 2022 / by: D. A. Carson Expressions of Grief Today it is considered good form to weep discretely, dab tears and turn away, to be quiet and subdued. We go into a mortuary, and our voices go down to a whisper as we talk quietly. We might well consider it good taste to let the bereaved family member go to the tomb in peace and privacy. But in many cultures in the world, including the Jewish culture in the first century, that was simply not the way it was. They...Read More

Oct 2022 17 Oct 17, 2022

[The following brief article is adapted from my book, A Dozen Things God Did With Your Sin (and three things he’ll never do), and appeared on October 1st at the Crossway blog.] See Your Sin, Break the Cycle There are certain people who are just stuck in this seemingly endless cycle of sin. Oh, I feel conviction. Oh, I confess and repent and I receive forgiveness. And then the next day it happens all over again, and they are in this seemingly endless cycle. There ...Read More

Oct 2022 10 Oct 10, 2022

Many people are confused by what happened with the Ninevites because of the way Jonah 3:9-10 has been translated by some versions of the Bible: “Who knows,” asks the king of Ninevites? “God may change his mind and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God changed his mind concerning the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it” (Jonah 3:...Read More

Oct 2022 3 Oct 3, 2022

When Paul, in Romans 16:27, refers to God as “the only wise God” (cf. 1 Tim. 1:17) he doesn’t mean that there are a bunch of other gods that are foolish and only our God is wise. No. There is only one God, and he is infinitely wise. He knows precisely what to do in every situation. He is never caught scratching his head, trying to decipher which of multiple options is the most effective way to achieve some goal he has in mind. When you think back over R...Read More