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May 2023 29 May 29, 2023

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

May 2023 24 May 24, 2023

I’ve linked to a message I delivered at the chapel service of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was a few years ago when this took place, but I trust you will find it helpful and be encouraged. Sam...Read More

May 2023 22 May 22, 2023

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

May 2023 15 May 15, 2023

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

May 2023 8 May 8, 2023

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

May 2023 1 May 1, 2023

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

Apr 2023 26 Apr 26, 2023

Evidently not, at least so say more than half of professing Christians. If you have ever wondered if the church is drifting and has lost its way theologically, here is one more line of evidence that the answer to that question is a sad but resounding, Yes. Not only has church attendance plummeted in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, but so too has the theological maturity of many who profess to know Jesus. The results from The American Worldview Inventory 2023 ar...Read More

Apr 2023 24 Apr 24, 2023

John Piper March 15, 2023 Christian Hedonism is the conviction that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. I won’t take the time to put all the textual foundation under that. I’ve done that in many places. But let me explain the implication. If God is made to look glorious by my being satisfied in him, then pursuing my satisfaction in him becomes essential to obedience and worship. And therefore, Christian Hedonism says, you must pur...Read More

Apr 2023 17 Apr 17, 2023

I want to say a few words about what is happening in the evangelical world of the present day with regard to worship. I once thought that the so-called “worship wars” ended around the turn of the century, but I was wrong. They continue to rage. Hardly a day passes that I don’t read of a denunciation of contemporary worship music and, in particular, the way in which so many more recently composed songs awaken, elevate, and intensify the affections of bel...Read More

Apr 2023 10 Apr 10, 2023

Today, the morning after Easter Sunday, 2023, it is just as important as it was yesterday to know why the resurrection of Jesus from the dead matters. Let me tell you what the Christian claim that Jesus literally rose from the dead means. It means that either I am a blubbering fool or I am telling you the single most important truth that you will ever hear. It means that either I am an absolute buffoon, most to be pitied, or I am a blessed man whose destiny is one filled...Read More