Luke introduced the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector in Luke chapter 18 by writing, “And he also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and viewed others with contempt” (Luke 18:9 NASB). Continue reading “Pharisee and tax collector”
In 313 A.D. Constantine the Great proclaimed the Edict of Milan, where persecution of the church ended. It would be hard to overstate the significance of this moment. For two hundred years the mightiest empire in history had turned its attention to snuffing out a religion that appealed to the poor, peasants, fishermen – the weak and unimportant of the empire. Christians had suffered unspeakably. Continue reading “It pays to be a Christian”
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, . . . Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him” (Matthew 3:1, 5).
One of the attractions of preaching in countries like Nepal and Bangladesh is the number of people who will travel long distances under difficult circumstances to hear one’s lessons. On my very first trip to Nepal I met some brothers from the mountains who had come to Katmandu to hear me preach. When I asked where they lived they said, “It is two days walk from our village to the end of the bus route, then a 12 hour ride on the bus to Katmandu.” Continue reading “Drawing an audience”
The nature of the Kingdom is such that we can find God and salvation regardless of the economic system we happen to live under. Contrary to some folks’ thinking, economic systems do not save. In the USA, we find ourselves in an economic system based on private property. How do we view this biblically? Continue reading “The ethics of ownership”
If you were to drop by my garden unexpectedly while I’m working in it, you’d have a good chance of finding me singing. I’m not warning you ahead of time in order to avoid your calling Animal Control about a bobcat on the loose. I am simply trying to make the point that being close to nature puts a song in one’s heart.
There are many hymns that invoke the sounds and sights of a garden. At every turn in a natural setting, one might find a horticultural treasure that inspires a person to break out in a song of praise. Continue reading “God’s song”
As Peter pictured false teachers for us, he showed that they are not merely people with whom we disagree on the interpretation of Scripture, but they have evil motives. Peter compared them to Balaam, They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet (2 Peter 2.15–16). Therefore, be careful about whom you label a false teacher. If someone seeks to use the Lord as … Continue reading
Through patience, our enemies will eventually see the victory that comes into our lives, even as the enemies of Jesus saw His victory. Continue reading Ridiculing someone’s trust in the Lord
As a result, we now have the Gospel in all parts of the world. Praise God! Continue reading A plea for help
The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth Continue reading The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth
Walk in wisdom and let the fool go about his way and people will see him for what he is. Continue reading Fools show what they are