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Jan 2021 11 Jan 11, 2021
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This past Thursday, the day after the horrible events that took place in our nation’s capital, I shared with our entire staff at Bridgeway what I believe are the three most important words from the Bible as we leave behind 2020 and enter into 2021. Those three words aren’t what you would expect. They aren’t, “God is love,” although he certainly is. They aren’t, “Christ is risen,” although he certainly is. They are three si...Read More

Jan 2021 4 Jan 4, 2021

Many of you are already well on your way to reading through the Bible in 2021. Like every other year, you’ve heard the call: “Let’s read through the Bible together this year.” Sadly, though, the resolve to read lasts for about a month or two. Then life’s demands and the pressures of each day suppress the commitment we earlier made. How can we not let that happen again this year? I want to suggest that our failure to maintain our pledge to r...Read More

Dec 2020 30 Dec 30, 2020
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Robert Henderson has written a series of books defending his thesis about the nature and power of prayer. My review is limited to the first and foundational book in this series, Operating in the Courts of Heaven (2014). Should I discover that in those subsequent volumes he reverses or corrects what was written in the first volume, I will write whatever retractions are required. Before I finish my review of Henderson’s first book, I need to say something about pray...Read More

Dec 2020 28 Dec 28, 2020

I don’t enjoy writing critical reviews. But sometimes it is necessary. I was alerted to this book by Robert Henderson some time ago, and the book itself was published in 2014. Evidently its influence is beginning to spread. You’ve often heard the expression, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s probably a good policy to follow. But in this case my judgment was formed not by the cover of the book but by its sub-title, which honest...Read More

Dec 2020 25 Dec 25, 2020
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You may find it rather strange that I have chosen to write about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ during that time of year when everything and everyone are focused on the First Coming of Christ. But I have two very good reasons for doing so. My first reason is personal. I can’t recall a time in my life when I have so deeply and passionately longed for the return of Christ as I have in 2020. At times, the feeling has been overwhelming. It’s even been so inte...Read More

Dec 2020 21 Dec 21, 2020
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[My friend, Michael Kruger, President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, has written an excellent analysis of certain beliefs about Christmas that you need to hear.] Bah, humbug. That’s probably one of the most well-known lines in literary (and now, cinematic) history. Everybody immediately recognizes the curmudgeonly voice of Ebeneezer Scrooge as he pours cold water all over our Christmas spirit. And his point is still made today by some, albeit...Read More

Dec 2020 18 Dec 18, 2020

I was recently interviewed by Steven Bancarz on my book, The Singing God. You can access it on YouTube here....Read More

Dec 2020 15 Dec 15, 2020

Understanding Spiritual Gifts is on sale this week! Get the softcover for 50% off bit.ly/2KpFABi or the eBook for $3.99 amzn.to/39ZFueu. Deals end December 21st. ...Read More

Dec 2020 14 Dec 14, 2020

The time has come once again for me to identify what I consider to be the best books of 2020. This year’s list is an odd assortment. Although most on the list are works of deep theological reflection, there are a couple that you may find a bit out of place for someone like me. That is especially the case with my selection for best book of the year. So, let’s get started. (10) How to Read Theology for All Its Worth, by Karin Spiecker Stetina (Zondervan Academ...Read More

Dec 2020 7 Dec 7, 2020

“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). When was the last time you thanked God simply for being able? I can’t imagine anything more disheartening and depressing than believing in a God who lacks the power to fulfill his purposes, whose energy wanes in the heat of battle or whose strength diminishes in a moment of crisis. Good intentions notwithstanding, if God can’t carry out his plans and can’t fulfill his g...Read More