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Several weeks ago I announced that my entire series of sermon notes on the book of Hebrews was available on my website. Today I’m happy to tell you that all twenty-two lessons on the book of James are now posted. If you are unfamiliar about how to access these documents, simply click on Resources at the top of the Home page, and then on Articles. Look under Biblical Studies, and at the bottom of the list you will see both Hebrews and James. These twenty-two articles are essentially a verse-by-verse analysis of James. I hope and pray you will find them helpful in your life or ministry, or in both.
Yesterday, May 28, 2023, was Pentecost Sunday. Each year I post an article to remind us all of what happened those many centuries ago when the Holy Spirit came in power (Acts 1:8) upon the disciples in Jerusalem. But even more important than that is what the Spirit continues to do today in the lives of those who have come to faith in Jesus. So let’s review the meaning of the Day of Pentecost and how it affects us in the 21st century. Pentecost is the day in the ch...Read More ➔
I’m quite sure you’ve heard by now that Presbyterian pastor, theologian, and author Tim Keller succumbed to pancreatic cancer this past week. He is the second influential Christian thinker to die from this horrid disease this year. Earlier in 2023 Michael Heiser passed away from the same form of cancer. I didn’t know Tim well, but I do have fond recollections from a couple of encounters with him. Of course, he was one of the founders, together with Don...Read More ➔
I’ve been asked that question countless times. Many have responded to it by saying that we are morally obligated to worship God even when we feel nothing for him. But if your reason for worshiping God is merely from a sense of moral duty, God would rather you not worship him at all. To say that God is pleased with worship that lacks passion is to say God endorses hypocrisy. How can one ever forget the stinging rebuke Jesus made of the Pharisees in this regard? &...Read More ➔
In any discussion of these matters, we must never lose sight of the fact that all men and women, of every age and ethnicity, are created in the image of God and are thus deserving of the respect and dignity that this truth demands. That being said, what are the primary categories of belief when it comes to the moral status of same-sex attraction? First, some insist that same sex attraction is God-given and should be happily embraced by those who experience it. It is no...Read More ➔
Can We Pray to the Holy Spirit? [This article is by my good friend Gregg Allison, who teaches theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.] Gregg Allison Can we, or can we not, pray to the Holy Spirit? Augustine (354–430) composed this prayer to the Holy Spirit: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit that my thoughts may all be holy;Act in me O Holy Spirit that my works, too, may be holy;Draw my heart O Holy Spirit that I love but what ...Read More ➔