Hope Transcends Despair

It isn’t news to say that right now there are a lot of people who are offering solutions for everything wrong with the world. Christians, of course, have their own prescriptions–what needs to change, what needs to happen. And, if you haven’t noticed,...

That Pinch of Incense

You may have heard that, in the years when the New Testament was being written, and beyond, one of the issues Christians faced was the requirement, by the government of Rome, to offer a pinch of incense on an altar dedicated to the deity of the Roman emperor. From one...

Beyond Agreeing to Disagree

Do you ever feel like the opportunity for Christian witness is closing down—like the doors that might have been cracked open are slamming shut, as we try to find ways to spread the message of Christ with people we know? Check out this “boldness and...

Loving the journey, but not the destination.

Adolph Saphir: Christian maturity shows itself in knowledge. We are to be men in understanding. The apostolic prayer is, that believers may be filled with the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. We are to “go on unto perfection.” We have received...

Optimism vs. Hope

Here’s one more great quote from J.I. Packer. This seems incredibly relevant… Optimism hopes for the best without any guarantee of its arriving and is often no more than whistling in the dark. Christian hope, by contrast, is faith looking ahead to the...

Why the World Can’t Get Peace

Monday nights studying through John’s gospel with so many of you have been great. In John 14:27, John records that Jesus said this: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,...