Inside of every one of us there is the desire for something greater, something higher, something larger and bigger than ourselves, some superior or surpassing “thing” that’s destined to “put everything together,” so to speak. As much as you’d probably not like to admit this, it’s verifiably true.
The adoption of buzzwords and shallowness has infected the Church, to the point where flat, pithy quotes, sayings, and messages compose the vast majority of our preaching today. And of all the “Christian buzzwords” currently used, though, none has the power to sever, dismember, and dissolve relationships like that of grace.
Sometimes, by no real fault or conscious decision of your own, certain things — songs, stories, ideas, etc. — can get stuck in your head, and no matter what you do, you can’t escape thinking about them. For me, lately, this has been the Parable of the Two Sons.
What is salvation? To the follower of Christ, this might seem like a rudimentary question. But I believe that the answer to this question will provide the answer to a myriad of other questions that confound and perplex Christians all across this sphere we call “Earth.”
I’m not okay. I don’t have everything together. As much as I long for perfection, I’m most assuredly not. I can safely and accurately declare right along with the apostle Paul, that I’m a sinner, just like everyone else, and of sinners, I’m probably the king.
The Bible is riddled with imagery. Throughout its pages we find grand metaphors and figures-of-speech, and other literary devices, that are designed for you, the reader, to imagine and visualize the intent of the Author.
The call to preach and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ is perhaps the most daunting and difficult assignment one can endeavor to do.
One of the oldest and most common questions amongst Christ-followers is this: “Why does an infinitely good and infinitely loving God let bad things happen to His chosen and covenant people?”
What an odd paradox it is that Christ-followers, the people who have the most to be joyful in and about, are often the most solemn, unhappy, joyless individuals.
There’s no more miserable state to be in than the mire of unconfessed sin. This might leave some of you asking, “Is there a way out of the mire of sin? Is there any hope for a filthy sinner like me?” Well, the answer: a resounding Yes!