Defining Love – 1 John 4:10

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only […]

Who’s to Blame?

Blame God’s lack of existence Back in my college days, I went to hear a debate between an apologist and an atheist philosopher. I don’t remember much about what the apologist said, but I do remember that the atheist’s argument seemed very strange to me. He basically said, since there is evil in the world, […]

A Free Gift!

Ha ha, I made you look! I’m only giving away infinite joy and eternal acceptance and everlasting paradise, nothing “real”. It’s Christmas and let’s face it, we’re all thinking about presents. It’s OK, presents are a perfect metaphor for the gospel, and the more you dig into really enjoying that aspect of the season, the […]

The Point of Christmas, According to St. John

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *bore witness of Him, and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank […]

Death in that pot!

Recently a man I deeply respect who was at one time my pastor posted this: “When your heart’s desire contradicts Scripture, betray your feelings. Don’t follow your heart.” Upon reflection, I am going to humbly dispute this; as Elishah’s disciples said, there is death in that pot (2 Kings 4:40). First, some scripture: 23 Watch […]

From Virtue to Grace

“Christianity is not the move from vice to virtue, but rather the move from virtue to grace.” Gerhard Forde 20 … by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. 21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God […]

The True God is revealed at the Cross

The full character of the living God is revealed fully in the gospel. It unreasonable to think that we should teach people first that God is holy and that they need to understand this first before they can understand the gospel. They don’t need to understand that God is triune before they can understand the […]

Revealed to babes

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. I had the very great privilege of preaching again at the local homeless shelter, Lighthouse Mission, in Bellingham. Don’t think I’m anything great […]

NO works!!!

When the Law has laid us low, we can cheerfully raise our heads again because besides the Law we have another doctrine which proposes to us no demands of any kind. Were we to ask Christ, What is expected of me in order that I may be saved?” He would answer: “No works; I have […]

The problem with the “gay marriage” debate

The issue of gay acceptance and gay marriage is reaching a fever pitch. I wanted to briefly weigh in with something I’ve been thinking about that concerns this. All who dwell inside the prison of the law interpret things in terms of the knowledge of good and evil. We have one side saying that gay […]