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Aug 2023 28 Aug 28, 2023

Michael Kruger August 21, 2023 The Old Testament has run into some hard times as of late. It’s seen by many as a curmudgeonly, legalistic, violent, confusing, and, maybe most of all, boring sort of book. As the atheist Richard Dawkins famously opined, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction.” On top of these sorts of complaints are questions about the historical veracity of the Old Testament. Are we r...Read More

Aug 2023 22 Aug 22, 2023

Yesterday, John Piper was interviewed by Matt Tully of Crossway about the significance of his book, Don’t Waste Your life. At the conclusion of their time together, Matt asked John this question: “So John, as you reflect over your seven decades of life and ministry, what would you say are a few great things—the few great things—that have mastered you?” I was overwhelmed with joy and sheer amazement at his answer. I pray you will be as well....Read More

Aug 2023 21 Aug 21, 2023

By Sam Storms (www.samstorms.org) I didn’t ask that question. Justin Peters, well-known cessationist and critic of all things charismatic, did. He actually has a series of programs citing examples of strange and often unbiblical things that certain Pentecostals or charismatics do or say. Make no mistake. I don’t for one minute endorse the things he cites. The examples he provides are indeed quite weird and bizarre. But the way in which Peters presents his c...Read More

Aug 2023 14 Aug 14, 2023

I’ve had the privilege in life to know a good many so-called “famous” people. I hesitate to say this because it may sound like name-dropping, something I deplore. The fact that God has providentially orchestrated my life so that I have had the opportunity to become friends with famous and quite successful Christians has nothing to do with me. It says nothing about me. So I mention this only to draw attention to the fact that no earthly acquaintance or f...Read More

Aug 2023 9 Aug 9, 2023

In a letter written by Jonathan Edwards (d. 1758) to a Lady Pepperhill, whose only son had recently died, we find this tribute to the love of Christ: “He suffered, that we might be delivered. His soul was exceedingly sorrowful even unto death, to take away the sting of sorrow and that we might have everlasting consolation. He was oppressed and afflicted, that we might be supported. He was overwhelmed in the darkness of death and hell, that we might have the ligh...Read More

Aug 2023 7 Aug 7, 2023

Jonathan Edwards believed passionately that nature was revelatory of the beauty, grace, and creative power of Jesus. In his Miscellanies, 108 (WJE, 13:280), he writes: “So that when we are delighted with flowery meadows and gentle breezes of wind, we may consider that we only see the emanations of the sweet benevolence of Jesus Christ; when we behold the fragrant rose and lily, we see his love and purity. So the green trees and field, and singing of birds, are t...Read More

Jul 2023 31 Jul 31, 2023

How could the apostle Paul say, without the slightest tinge of sarcasm or doubt, that physical death for the Christian is “far better” than remaining alive on the earth (Phil. 1:23)? The older I get, the more I think about death. That may strike some as overly morbid and depressing, but I regard it as biblical realism. Death awaits us all, unless we remain alive until Christ returns. My guess is that Tim Keller, J. I. Packer, John Stott, Billy Graham, R. C. ...Read More

Jul 2023 24 Jul 24, 2023

July 16, 2023 by: Andrew Wilson, Rachel Wilson Theological Reflection At some point or other, every Christian with a disability is going to have to figure out how to think about physical healing. In our case, theological reflection on healing has been essential: we help lead a large charismatic church that sees dozens of people physically healed each year; I have talked about God’s healing power in at least three of my books; we both speak at conferences and chur...Read More

Jul 2023 18 Jul 18, 2023

I recently participated in an on-line conversation on the subject of amillennialism. Here is the link. I think you might enjoy it. Blessings! Sam...Read More

Jul 2023 17 Jul 17, 2023

Criticizing the Church and Christians is fast becoming a national pastime here in the U.S., some of which is deserved, a lot of which isn’t. One hears things like: “You guys are all in it for the money!” Or, “You’re a bunch of anti-women, anti-gay, judgmental, close-minded Republicans.” Or perhaps you’ve heard something like: “You Christians are just another religious club that exists solely for the sake of its own members....Read More