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Dec 2022 30 Dec 30, 2022

There’s an old commercial making fresh rounds on TV these days. It features Ron Reagan, son of the late president, Ronald Reagan. In the commercial, first aired in 2014, Reagan urges everyone to join with him in the promotion of an organization known as Freedom from Religion. Not freedom “of” religion, but freedom “from” it. He happily embraces atheism as his chosen perspective on the existence of God. But most amazing of all is that at the ...Read More

Dec 2022 26 Dec 26, 2022

In the past I’ve gone beyond ten books for the year, but this time I’ve limited my list to the traditional ten. I hope you enjoy each one! (10) Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners, by Dane Ortlund (Wheaton: Crossway), 186 pages. In something of a sequel to his best-selling book, Gentle and Lowly, Dane Ortlund, my former student at Wheaton College and son of one of my close friends, Ray Ortlund, has written a superb and accessible explanation of the way Chr...Read More

Dec 2022 22 Dec 22, 2022

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: y...Read More

Dec 2022 21 Dec 21, 2022

A question that people often ask is how the visit of the wise men in Matthew 2 fits in with story of Luke 2? You will recall that the wise men came to Jerusalem asking about the impending birth of the “king of the Jews” (Matt. 2:2). Herod got wind of this and enlisted the wise men to go to Bethlehem, find this child, and then report back to him. The wise men went to Bethlehem and found the baby Jesus with his mother Mary in what Matthew calls a “house&r...Read More

Dec 2022 20 Dec 20, 2022

The Christmas story begins with a brief historical note in Luke 2:1-2. The emperor Caesar Augustus who issued this decree was in fact the grand nephew of Julius Caesar, which is to say that his mother (Atia) was the daughter of Julia, Julius Caesar’s sister. It’s amazing how often people get caught up in the debate over when Jesus was actually born. In order to answer this question, we need to understand the nature of our calendar. In a.d. 525 Pope John I a...Read More

Dec 2022 19 Dec 19, 2022

Christmas, for some, can be an especially discouraging time of year. One often hears of those suffering from “seasonal depression” or the “holiday blues” as they contemplate the loss of a loved one, a failed marriage, unemployment and the financial pressure of being unable to provide gifts for their family, or perhaps a child who simply won’t come home. But I have good news for you today! You have a reason to rejoice that far exceeds the co...Read More

Dec 2022 12 Dec 12, 2022

As I’m sure you are aware, there is a massive exodus underway in the United Methodist Church. Literally hundreds of churches (perhaps more than a thousand by now) have voted to withdraw from the denomination because of the ever-increasing debate about whether homosexual behavior is sinful and whether ordained clergy can officiate at so-called “same-sex” weddings. Yesterday, December 11, 2022, in our local newspaper (The Oklahoman), there appeared an ar...Read More

Dec 2022 7 Dec 7, 2022

[An insightful article by Carl R. Trueman.] Carl R. Trueman | Even our dictionaries are unclear now As the most perplexing and intractable question of the hour for our cultural elites seems to be “What is a woman?”, it is interesting to see that the Merriam Webster Dictionary has provided them with some help. This comes in the form of an addition to its definition of “girl,” one meaning of which we are now told is “a person whose gender id...Read More

Dec 2022 5 Dec 5, 2022

October 12, 2022 Michael Kruger [This article by my friend, Michael Kruger, is one that all need to read and heed.] There’s been a lot of discussion in the last year (and the last week) of what it means to be winsomely reformed. And, sadly, the loudest voices have been undeniably against the idea of being winsome. It has been critiqued as wishy-washy, a failed cultural strategy, or as an expression of weakness rather than strength. While this is certainly an imp...Read More