Is Marriage Still Important?

As our society continues to become more secular, the biblical model of the family continues to be marginalized. One of the ways in which this has become evident is in our culture’s view of marriage. The Bible clearly teaches the following about marriage: Marriage is between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24). Marriage is […]

“I want God, but not organized religion!”

Sometimes a person will express the following sentiment: “I want to have a good relationship with God, but I want nothing to do with organized religion!” This desire may be both sincere and flow from noble motives. It may result from some negative experience with a particular religious group. However, in the following we will […]

Lessons from the Life of Norma McCorvey, “Roe” in Roe v. Wade

Norma McCorvey, better known by the pseudonym “Roe” in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, passed away this week due to heart failure. She was 69 years old.1 McCorvey was the plaintiff in a case that challenged Texas’ anti-abortion laws in 1971. By the time the Supreme Court decided the case, it […]

Some Things God Wants Us to Learn from Athletics

One of the apostle Paul’s favorite metaphors is that of a competitor in an athletic contest. Paul clearly was familiar with running (Galatians 2:2), boxing (1 Corinthians 9:26), wrestling (Ephesians 6:12), and probably gladiatorial contests (1 Corinthians 4:9; 15:32) and chariot races (Philippians 3:13-14). Consider the following passages, and some practical lessons God would have […]

Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels

This week marks the end of the 2016 college football bowl season. After Monday night, there will have been 42 bowl games in the current cycle. But back in 1929, there was only one bowl game: the Rose Bowl. The 1929 Rose Bowl featured undefeated Georgia Tech against a one-loss University of California team, included […]

Are You In or Out?

It is an incomparably weighty matter to be either in Christ or outside of Christ. In fact, the most crucial question of your life and mine is this question: Am I in Christ? The New Testament emphasizes the significance of being “in Christ” in a variety of ways. Consider a few of them, adapted from […]

What Will Make Me Happy?

Everybody wants to be happy. The question is, “What will make a person happy?” The book of Ecclesiastes is remarkable because it provides a detailed account of a wealthy, powerful man pursuing various supposed means of becoming happy, or contented. Solomon tries every main category of secular pursuit. That is, he looks for happiness “under […]

The Leper’s Prayer

When we study the prayers of the Bible, we learn how to pray (and sometimes how not to pray). The case of the leper who came to Jesus is especially instructive: When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, […]

Replacing God’s Words with Emoji?

At the end of May, a new Bible was published. It is called Bible Emoji: scripture 4 millenials. (The misspelling of “millennials” is intentional by the editor.) This “translation” replaces as many biblical words as possible with Internet abbreviations, Internet slang, and Internet cartoon images such as smiley faces, praying hands, and peek-a-boo eyes. Liam […]

Lot’s Choice

We are familiar with Lot’s decision to move to the valley of Sodom. After Lot’s uncle Abram gave him the choice of the land, we read: And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the […]

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