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Jan 2023 30 Jan 30, 2023

Oh, to be free from all sin! Will it ever happen? Yes, in heaven. Take in the words of Richard Baxter: “Therefore, Christian, never fear this: once you are in heaven, you will sin no more. Is this not glad news to you who have prayed, watched, and labored against sin for so long? I know if you had the choice, you would choose to be freed from sin rather than be made heir of all the world. Well, wait until then, and you will have your desire. That hard heart, those...Read More

Jan 2023 25 Jan 25, 2023

In a previous article I spoke about what it means to live “under grace” in the sense in which Paul used the phrase in Romans 6:14. But what does it mean to live “under law”? Perhaps a story from church history will provide an answer to our question. This is a story about an exceedingly odd Christian man. He is known to history as St. Simeon the Stylite. Simeon was born in 390 a.d. and died in 459. At the age of 13 he heard a sermon on the Beatitu...Read More

Jan 2023 23 Jan 23, 2023

One of the more encouraging statements in Paul’s letter to the Romans is found in chapter six. There the apostle says this of born-again believers in Jesus: “For sin shall have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (Rom. 6:14). There is much to ponder in this verse, but I want to focus on the final phrase: “under grace.” What does it mean to live “under grace”? I suspect that more than a few of you, ...Read More

Jan 2023 16 Jan 16, 2023

MICHAEL MCCLYMOND [I am hearing more and more these days of professing Christians embracing the notion of universal salvation, the belief that ultimately all mankind, both believers and unbelievers, will be reconciled to God. Michael McClymond, who wrote the superb two-volume refutation of universalism, The Devil’s Redemption, poses a dozen questions for anyone who is tempted by this false doctrine.] No compassionate person delights in seeing other people suffer....Read More

Jan 2023 12 Jan 12, 2023

Jack Hayford went to be with the Lord on January 8 at the age of 88. I never met him personally, but I greatly benefited from his ministry in three specific ways. Two ways that he helped me were by means of two of his many books: The Beauty of Spiritual Language: Unveiling the Mystery of Speaking in Tongues, and Majesty: God Enthroned in our Worship. Although I didn’t agree with everything in his book on tongues, his was one of the first books I read on the subjec...Read More

Jan 2023 9 Jan 9, 2023

Perhaps only for the second time, I’m using a line from the film, The Sound of Music, as the title to this article. Someone pointed out to me that John Piper recently posted an article in which he answered several questions about his favorite things in life, from movies to books to food to hobbies. I was asked if I might follow suit and list my own. So, here goes. Movies This one is really hard, as I have a long list of favorite movies. But I’ll limit mysel...Read More

Jan 2023 2 Jan 2, 2023

In the wake of Elon Musk’s recent declaration that he doesn’t mind going to hell since most people will be there with him, I thought it wise for us to revisit the many myths and misconceptions that people have about eternal punishment. The reality of hell and eternal punishment is not a popular topic, even among Christians. Part of the problem is that the nature of hell has been horribly distorted in our culture and portrayed as an experience that is far fro...Read More