Where is God in Esther?

The book of Esther is famous for being the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. Where is God in Esther? Is He just working "behind the scenes", inferred and "providential", rather than explicit? And is the God of Esther the God of the gospel that we believe in as Christians? I … Continue reading Where is God in Esther?

When Obedience is Disobedience: A Gospel Primer

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV) The difference between demons and the children of God is not in their "beliefs", but in their "lives". God demands PERFECT obedience. So does this mean that we are to always do right and never fail or fall … Continue reading When Obedience is Disobedience: A Gospel Primer

The Powerful Weakness of Stories

Stories are powerful. Unfortunately, that is not a logical conclusion. That's just how stories are. Like music, we don't have to understand the physiology of stories on our brains to declare their power. Stories don't try to convince you, argue with you, reason with you. Good stories don't tell you, they simply show you. They … Continue reading The Powerful Weakness of Stories

The Most Overlooked Miracle in the Bible

If you think bringing back to life a man who has been dead for four days is the greatest miracle Jesus ever performed, you need to read your Bible again. More specifically, you need the re-read that same passage in which Lazarus was raised. It's time to take another trip through John 11. Care to … Continue reading The Most Overlooked Miracle in the Bible

The Truth About The Truth

I've been thinking about stories, and why they are such effective, timeless modes of communication. Children learn best through stories. So do adults. The best writers are storytellers. Stories just have a way of gripping our attention because they invade our imagination. Stories enter the minds of their hearers unannounced and take a seat on … Continue reading The Truth About The Truth

Blog Break (30 Jan 13)

Here are three links that will (hopefully) inform, inspire and encourage you today. Enjoy; In ABORTION AND THE GOSPEL, Russell Moore discusses how abortion is really a Gospel issue. He highlights the fact that most people who carry out abortions are actually Pro-Life. They are conservative, Christians who believe that abortion is murder. Still, they … Continue reading Blog Break (30 Jan 13)

The Friend We Have in Jesus

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." [Philippians 2:3-4] I've been thinking about Jesus as the embodiment, the example and the power behind true friendship. I've been thinking about the … Continue reading The Friend We Have in Jesus

Is That Biblical? What Does “Biblical” Even Mean?

Perhaps you have used the word before, and quite often for that matter. "That's not even biblical", "Give me a biblical basis for your argument", "Is the word biblical in the Bible?" I can't help but wonder, what do Christians mean when they use that word, biblical? I know the form of the word itself … Continue reading Is That Biblical? What Does “Biblical” Even Mean?