Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Holy Spirit: The Seal of Our Redemption

There are many believers who are of the mind that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian, but only to the extent that the Word of God dwells within us. In other words, the Holy Spirit is not literally within the heart of the believer, but rather He works through the Word in order to guide us. I believe that this is an erroneous idea. I propose that the Spirit, literally, effectually dwells within the heart of the believer. To be sure, He works through the Word to guide and help the Christian. But I believe that the Scriptures witness to the fact that the Spirit does more than that.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

What About Inspiration?

There are many good apologetic methodologies that seek to defend the faith that, in the words of Jude, “was once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Of those, the evidentialist methodology seems to be gaining more and more adherents, likely because our current skeptical society seems to be incapable of being convinced about the truth of much at all. Among the more famous of its adherents you will find people such as William Lane Craig and Mike Licona. These two individuals have engaged in a multitude of debates against all sort of unbelievers, from Muslims to Atheists and everyone in between.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Jeremiah: The Success of Failure

Have you ever presented the gospel to someone, or maybe a lot of someones, and at the end of that presentation you felt like a complete failure? There are times when it seems that we have expended a great deal of energy and passion proclaiming the word, only to receive a polite, but firm brush off by the hearers (and sometimes not so polite!). We are so convinced that what we have to say is so important and timely, and indeed it is, that we have trouble understanding how anyone could not embrace the gospel we preached the minute they hear it. That must be how Jeremiah felt.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Fabric of Morality: Being Torn From Top to Bottom

“Gay [female] pastor reads at White House prayer event;” “Feds ease access to pill for abortion;” “Stars entering cannabis business.” Those are just some of the headlines that surprised me today as I read the newspaper. Now, I don’t usually read newspapers. I really have little time to do so, but since I’m traveling away from home and away from the family, I have much more free time on my hands than I usually do. And today’s headlines, such as the ones above, reinforced my distaste for reading the news.