Whenever preachers get up to speak about the topic of love, they usually go to passages like 1 Corinthians 13. They are apt to do so — for there, under the Spirit's design and influence, the apostle Paul gives the Christian the most complete view of love we've ever been given. The chapter covers all the facets of love, leaving us to forever plumb the deep meanings of this beautiful passage.
A sermon from, perhaps, my favorite passage of Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10, which also happens to be one of the most significant portions of the entire Bible.
When endeavoring to define faith in the biblical sense, teachers and preachers hasten to bring their audience to Hebrews 11. This, of course, is the "faith chapter," or the "hall of faith" (as it's commonly called).
I was interviewed by Craig Thighe and the Dead Men Podcast recently. It was a joy to talk about God's salvation and sufficiency throughout my life. Soli Deo Gloria!
Perhaps the deadliest tool in the devil’s assault on the Christian faith begins with the deception that the work of salvation is only partially done. The lie is that Jesus got you part of the way, but if you really want in, if you really want to be a Christian, you have to do something else, something more, something on top of what’s already been done.
I figured I’d retell this short story because I believe that what occurred is extremely beneficial for all to hear. And besides that, even just recalling it now gets me enthused and excited about the gospel.
It is always surprising and even a little shocking to see just how opposite to our ways and our will God works. Our normal reactions, plans, and intentions are often thwarted by the upside-downness of God’s economy, and many times this is seen in visceral ways throughout the Bible. Such is the case in Acts 6–7.
A sermon from Acts 6 and 7.
As an avid movie-goer, one of the ways Scripture comes alive for me is to picture the stories as if they were scenes and beats from a live-action movie. Visualizing the text of Scripture in this manner yields better apprehension.
If you know me in the least, then you know of my fondness for the 2010 film Inception. Christopher Nolan’s enigmatic opus is perpetually rewatchable and endlessly compelling. I still remember watching Inception in the theater. The entire experience was breathtaking.