Romans 3:21-26 is Paul’s exposition of the righteousness of God and it is central to his letter to the church in Rome. In this passage, Paul sets out his understanding of God’s righteousness, as well as his view of the gospel itself. In Paul, God’s righteousness is revealed through faith in Jesus Christ, and it is apart from the law (3:21), although Paul later acknowledges that the law still plays and important role in the gospel (3:31).
It’s Easter time when Christians direct their attentions to the Cross and meditate on the redemptive work of Christ. As I listen to young preachers deliver their messages this Easter season, it has come to my attention, and is increasingly obvious to me, that many do not seem to have a firm footing in Orthodox … Continue reading Did Christ Literally Bear Our Sins on the Cross?
How many of you remember the movie “City Slickers” released back in 1991. Do you remember the character Phil, played by Daniel Stearns, he had gotten himself into some trouble through adultery with a young lady and his wife had left him, yet he and his buddies embark on their annual vacation living out their childhood dreams on … Continue reading How About A Do Over?
I watched The Pirates of the Caribbean with the kids last weekend. I found it interesting the emphasis the pirates in the movie placed on "keeping the code." Have you ever noticed that even people of low morals have a code by which they live. – as if to think that adherence to a certain … Continue reading To The Heart Of The Matter
The book of Hosea describes Hosea’s marriage to Gomer and its prophetic meaning for Israel. Verse one of Hosea provides us with the names of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah; kings of Judah, and the name of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. The span of which, is approximately thirty years leading … Continue reading The Message of Hosea for Contemporary Christians
In our current era we are in the middle of a profound paradigm shift, brought about by the emergence and now dominance of electronic forms of social communication and their supporting ideological and economic structures. What does this shifting paradigm mean, not only for the individual Christian, but for the Church corporately? How does the Church corporately respond or interact with this shifting paradigm of media culture?
The New Age movement endeavors to help individuals recognize their inner divinity, which goes by a number of names, such as God-consciousness or Higher Self. Implicit in this idea is that our capacities extend well beyond the range of our present abilities. Many Christians seem to think they can simultaneously hold to Christianity while dabbling in New Age beliefs and practices. New Age ideas are so pervasive in Western culture that they have become a very real threat to the moral basis of Western culture and society and Christians are not immune to this influence.
The scripture says, By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.” He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead... … Continue reading Abraham’s Dilemma
As I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving and its beginnings, I cannot help but think of the heart of those faithful men and women who risked all for the love of God; many of them leaving their homes and families to endure hardship and death for many of them. What was their motivation and why … Continue reading They Desire A Better Country
Titus 2:13 says, we're "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." It has always been the emphasis of the apostles and early church fathers to have the expectancy and anticipation of the coming of our Lord before them. They always lived life as if he were … Continue reading The Rapture of the Church Notes