The Task of a Teacher of God’s Word

The Task of a Teacher of God’s Word

“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).   What is the task of the teacher of God’s word? There are a lot of things to do, even a lot of good and important things […]

10 Ways to Read More Books in 2021

I read 70+ books in 2020.[1] Below I’ll tell you how. “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” I don’t think you should cheat. Cheating is wrong. But you should, however, make the most of every advantage you have as best as you can. That’s what I seek to do with reading. I take advantage […]

Pervasive Peace through the Second Advent

In Christmas, we celebrate the advent or coming of Christ. The first coming enabled a way for peace to be realized. Humans can, through Christ, have renewed fellowship with God. Yet, as Jesus Himself said, in the world we will have trouble and tribulation. So, if that’s the case, if in the world we will […]

10 Quotes on Preaching

“Expository preaching is the best method for displaying and conveying your conviction that the whole Bible is true… A careful expository sermon makes it easier for the hearers to recognize that the authority rest not in the speaker’s opinions or reasoning but in God, in his revelation through the text itself… Expository preaching enables God […]

Should Wives Work Outside the Home?

Titus 2:4-5 and 1 Timothy 5:14 talk about young wives working at home, is this the ideal role God ordained for women? Should women not work outside the home? To answer those questions, it will be helpful to look at five considerations. 1. Principles from the Bible  First, it is important to glean principles from […]

Disagreement Over Doctrine

Doctrine matters. Doctrine can cause delight or be very damaging. And sadly, false doctrine is more common than many people realize. It’s not just me that says deception and damaging doctrine is prevalent though. That’s what Scripture says (see Matt. 24:11, 24; Mk. 13:22; Acts 28:31). False teaching is not a small concern. There is […]

Insights from Zach Eswine’s book on Preaching

I really enjoyed Zach Eswine’s book, Preaching to a Post-Everything World, here are some highlights: On the importance of illustration… Eswine quotes Calvin Miller and says: “Jesus himself told lots of stories, and his sermons were full of images…. When asked, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ Jesus in effect does not say, ‘Let me give you […]

Q&A: Many churches adopt confessions, why then do leaders and laypersons often stray from orthodoxy? What lessons can we learn from this?

Q. Many churches adopt confessions, why then do leaders and laypersons often stray from orthodoxy? What lessons can we learn from this? A. Confessions are good and have biblical precedent. Humans, however, are fallen and as 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” People […]

Baptism

What does baptism mean?  In Scripture, we see that believers are called to be baptized (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16) but what does baptism mean? First, let’s consider the etymology; where the word came from and what it means. The English word “baptize” comes from the Greek word baptizo. Many believe that this […]

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