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What Does It Take to Raise Children in the Church?

  God has entrusted parents and churches with the blessing and responsibility of raising up infants and children to love and know him. But this is often easier said than done. Complicating that, Christians affirm different perspectives on the theology and ministry as it relates to infants and children. Common questions that come up are: […]

Jesus and Ruth

  Understanding the Book of Ruth Ruth is a dramatic love story that ultimately points to God’s overwhelming love, which eventually shows itself in the coming of Jesus Christ. Only two books of the Bible are named after women: Ruth and Esther. Esther was a queen, whereas Ruth was a lowly peasant girl. Esther was […]

Sola Scriptura: The Primacy of Scripture in the Work of Missions

  It may seem obvious, but I’m going to say it anyway: the primacy and necessity of the Bible must never be assumed—especially in the Great Commission. The importance of keeping this truth ever before us cannot be overstated. As I write this from a plane in East Asia, I can’t help but reminisce over […]

The Upside Down Kingdom of God in Daniel

  The Book of Daniel, among many other things, gives us a clear picture of the upside-down (from our perspective) reality of the Kingdom of God–Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted (Matt. 23:12). For in Daniel we see the most powerful ruler humbled, made to be like a beast, and the […]

Beasts from the Sea and the New Adam

Daniel had a prophetic vision of four beasts coming out of the sea (Daniel 7). The beasts stand symbolically for pagan kings or kingdoms. But who were they? Since the visions and dreams of Daniel 2, 7 and 8 are parallel, three of the four beasts were actually named in Daniel. The first beast was […]

Jesus and the Fiery Furnace

  Growing up with the Sunday School felt board Bible stories we’ve all heard of the three faithful Hebrews in the book of Daniel–Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego–who trusted in the Lord and refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s statute. As a result, the king had them thrown into the fiery furnace. Far from being […]

Immanuel: Embrace the Longing

  Maybe it’s just me, but this Christmas seems heavy. My own family is still working through the pain of loss, a lot of families in my church are hurting, and every time I turn on the TV I see and feel the pain and suffering in the world. This pain of life leaves the […]

Preaching Christ at Christmas…and the rest of the year too!

  Every night of December my wife and I gather around the Christmas tree with our toddlers to read Old Testament passages of Scripture and then to proclaim Christ from them. We put a new ornament on our tree every night as a symbol of the Old Testament promises fulfilled in Jesus. Our children can […]

Home For Christmas

  I love the holiday season for many reasons, maybe most of all because it reminds me of home. It brings back memories of decorating the house with the family and Amy Grant playing in the background, of driving around at night to look at the city’s lights, of joyful anticipation of Christmas morning. In […]

Prayer for Revival, America, and Context

  “If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from […]

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