Topic: Jesus Christ


Enjoy the Freedom of Your Redemption

You’ll never defeat this. My mind recites this line like a broken record when ugly, deceptive sin threatens to trap me in its patterns. Because God has rescued me from my former way of living, I know I need to stop engaging in behavior that defies his will, and live […]

Jesus Christ

What Jesus Christ Has Accomplished

Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest statements of what Jesus Christ has accomplished for his people in the entire Bible: Christ came to redeem you from suffering and sin forever by sacrificing himself as your substitute on the cross. He was pierced for our transgressions,     he was crushed for […]


Five Steps to Take On Every Page of Your Bible

Sometimes I forget that the Bible is not a textbook. The thousands of books written to help us interpret the Bible, like commentaries, dictionaries, and resources on systematic theology and hermeneutics, will never be as powerful as the Word of God. Scripture is a treasure of inspired, inerrant truth recorded […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (June 1, 2018)

He Will Carry You Through the Fire (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) We can’t simply tell our hearts to be strong or courageous, but God can. If you want to find strength when you feel weak, or courage when you feel ashamed or afraid, meditate on what God has said — and […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (May 25, 2018)

Where Does God Want Me to Work (David Mathis, Desiring God) First, we recognize, contrary to the suspicions that may linger in our unbelief, God is the happy God (1 Timothy 1:11), not a cosmic killjoy. In his Son, by his Spirit, he wants to shape and form our hearts to desire […]


What Happens When You Pray

Most Christians are familiar with what Christ has done on the cross and what Christ will do when he returns in glory. What may be less clear for some of us is the continuing work that Jesus is doing for us now. The answer to that question is, Jesus Christ […]

change the world

How the Apostles Changed the World

Three men encountered the Lord Jesus Christ, and it changed not only their lives, but the world. Peter, James, and John, among others, are recognized as apostles—a unique and handpicked crew of Jesus’ disciples who personally encountered him, and afterwards, authored portions of the New Testament. Their writings endured the […]

made under pressure

‘Made Under Pressure’: Staying Strong Under Trial

“Made Under Pressure” is a t-shirt slogan I remember seeing on a recent gym trip. Unsurprisingly, it’s a shirt made by Nike, the company that forged the can-do creed, “Just Do It.” From a physical standpoint, muscles in the arms and legs are made under the pressure of physical weights, […]

The Exposing Power of Mother’s Day

Flowers. Jewelry. Breakfast in bed. A trip to the nail salon. A sentimental card. Dinner out. Many of us have some sort of idea of how we would like to be celebrated on Mother’s Day. We spend most of our days wiping noses, changing poopy diapers, rising at our middle-of-the-night […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (May 4, 2018)

The Danger of an Unscraped Knee (Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition) Bad weather will always confound the control freak. The upside is that nature’s resistance to bend to our will reminds us of our frailty and points to the sovereignty of the One who scattered the stars. The Fire in His […]


Seven Ways Christ Is the Good Shepherd

Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11, 14). The relationship of believers with Jesus Christ is that of sheep to a shepherd. The Lord is our shepherd; we are his flock. But what does that mean? In John 10, Christ spells out what it means for him to […]


The True Colors of Perfectionism

I brushed the last of the dirt, sawdust, and fur into the dust pan, gently flicking it along. My back was sore from sweeping, but my desire for spotless floors overcame it. Back aching, I walked over to the window and pushed the curtains open. I turned around to examine […]


The Seven Bitter Fruits of Sin

I was having breakfast with someone who was witnessing to a colleague at work. “You know, Colin,” he said, “this guy lives like the devil, but he is good at heart.” I said, “Wait a minute. How can he be good at heart if he lives like the devil? Surely, […]

sermon clip

A Savior Who Knows What It Is to Weep

Video Transcript: The Bible tells us that Jesus wept. When Lazarus, who Jesus loved, died, our Lord came to Bethany. When he arrived, Martha came out to meet him, and later her sister Mary. These two women were grieving the death of their dearly-loved brother. “When Jesus saw her [Mary] […]


From Fear to Peace: Three Truths to Fight Fear

I sat in my car as monsoon rains poured down on our little island in the East China Sea, while my husband was on the other side of the world, preaching at his mother’s funeral. A few years prior, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) set in, ravaging her […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 30, 2018)

Comparison Is Not the Thief of Joy (Abigail Dodds, Desiring God) The Bible even assumes that some will be more Christlike and mature than others. Noticing these things isn’t a sin, but a gift, and it need not lead to the evaporation of our joy, but can be the water for […]

sermon clip

God Works Through Courageous People in Dark Places

Video Transcript: God works directly, but he also uses means. He restrains evil in this world through people who are positioned in dangerous and strategic places. God used Hushai, who had the courage to sign up for this dangerous mission that took him to the heart of Absalom’s palace. Thank […]


The Man With Two Names: How Jesus is the Fulfillment of Immanuel

We celebrate and sing the name “Immanuel” at Christmas, and rightly so. “Immanuel” means “God with us,” and in one sense this is the story of the entire Bible. It is certainly the story of Advent. But a Bible search for the word “Immanuel” doesn’t return many results. Aside from […]

Turn My Eyes from Looking at Worthless Things

The eyes are the lamp of the body. It becomes what they behold. Lured by desire and the passions of the flesh, the eyes look upon secret loves too dark for anyone but their Creator to fully see and know. Prone to wander, how they feel it—the pull to gaze […]


Guarding the Gospel of Grace

If it were not for a thunderstorm that struck Martin Luther with the fear of death, he was bound to become a lawyer. The parallel truths of his wretchedness and God’s holiness became etched into his mind, like a chisel into stone, which evoked torment within him. Trying to reconcile […]


The Good News of the Ascension of Jesus

“Do not cling to me.” This can’t be the reception Mary Magdalene was expecting when she encountered the resurrected Jesus. Mary had been weeping outside Jesus’ tomb. You can imagine her distress, having just watched her dear friend suffer a humiliating, grisly death. Now his body was missing. Jesus walked […]


Turn God’s Promises Into Prayer

“And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.” (2 Samuel 7:25) David’s words “do as you have spoken” get us to the heart of prayer. When we pray, we ask God to […]

Three Ways Christ Can Be Outside Your Church

The last book of the Bible opens with the risen Lord Jesus Christ seated on the throne of heaven, exalted in power and glory. The apostle John records the words of Christ to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea was church with relentless activity. There was a certain […]

well with my soul

It Is Well With My Soul

In the middle of suffering, can you say, “It is well with my soul?” While sick on the couch one week, I read the Shunammite woman’s story in 2 Kings and was immediately helped. I’d been fighting fear because I was terrified that our infant daughter would catch my sickness, […]


Counting on Mercy in Suffering

From the pits of grief and suffering, the human heart and soul can yearn to know the cause of earthly pain. Did a particular sin bring this suffering upon me, or did I need discipline? Tender answers might pour into the soul from Scripture—Job was a noble man who suffered […]


The Reign of the King: Lean on This Promise

King David said to God, “I will build a house for you.” But God said to David, “No, I will build a house for you” (2 Samuel 7:11). God was not referring, of course, to a building of bricks and mortar, but to a dynasty, a line of descent that […]

Most Shared

Thank You for Sharing: 10 Most Shared Articles of 2017

10 Most Shared Articles of 2017 1. Seven Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters (Tom Olson) Our singing is more than a warm-up for the sermon or a filler in the service. Colossians 3:16 is clearly laying out for us that: Singing stands alongside of preaching as one of the two great […]

What If God Takes It All Away? Trusting Him Through Financial Struggles

Recently we drove past our old house for the first time since downsizing. Immediately, our four children began rehearsing memories, noting every part of the house that they missed. Once again, they struggled to understand why we had to give it all up. As hard as I tried to respond […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (December 8, 2017)

6 Things Christ Accomplished by His Death (Servants of Grace, Matt Perman) The reality of substitution is at the heart of the atonement. Christ accomplished all of the above benefits for us by dying in our place – that is, by dying instead of us. We deserved to die, instead, He […]


Screwtape’s Advice on How to Attack a Man’s Faith 

My dear Wormwood, Necessity compelled me to write. I hear that your man suffers from disappointment and unwanted circumstances, and I have only to say this: Take full advantage of your opportunity. Likely, he is weakened in faith because his situation has not afforded him the luxury of resting upon […]


Why Christians Should Not Get Angry with the Lost

Imagine for a moment that you are responsible for parking at the Super Bowl. The cars are jammed in, bumper-to-bumper, and when the game is over, your job is to clear the parking lot as quickly and as safely as possible. Your strategy is simple: As soon as the drivers […]

God Gives

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle

“It’s all too much,” I cried into my coffee. “I can’t do it. I’m not enough.” Sitting in that quiet coffee shop, reality hit with force. Every day is filled with one reminder after another that I am not sufficient. I am not enough for my small group girls; I […]

Counterfeit Gospels

Beware These Seven Counterfeit Gospels

A friend of mine worked in a bank overseas for about a year, handling large amounts of money. During training, she studied various bills and learned their details, so she could easily discern counterfeits if they came along. She studied the real thing so she could identify distortions. The same […]

sermon clip

Do You Care Too Much About Success?

Video Notes: In a world that often only cares about “what will work,” Christ calls us to care about what is right. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote powerfully during the time of […]


God Is Working Through Your Disappointment

Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost. (1 Samuel 9:3) No one likes to lose their donkeys. In fact, people don’t enjoy losing anything. Loss is frustrating. And Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (October 27, 2017)

Lose Christ Alone, Lose Christianity (Stephen Wellum, The Gospel Coalition) Christ alone isn’t a slogan; it’s the center of the solas by which the Reformers recovered the grace of God and declared the glory of God. Christ alone integrates the purposes and plans of God as he has revealed them in […]

Defeating Sin

To Defeat Your Sin, Look at Jesus

Strategies abound for dealing with sin. There are mountains of books to help us develop habits to stop lying, beat various addictions, control our thoughts, grow in generosity, or develop contentedness. A quick Google search will reveal list upon list of verses about sexual purity, anger, worry, unbelief, idolatry, business […]


Stop and Stare at the Wonder of God

Wondering about the wonder of God is always worthwhile. The first chapter of the book of Genesis provides a succinct beginning for marveling at the Almighty as he intricately weaves something out of nothing. In Genesis 1:1-2, the author writes, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (September 29, 2017)

Understanding Spiritual Gifts: 4 Lessons from J.I. Packer (Christel Humfrey, Revive Our Hearts) The reason many of us feel presumptuous in claiming a spiritual gift is because we have wrongly assumed that our spiritual gifts are about us. But as Packer points out, “spiritual gifts must be defined in terms of […]


An Open Letter to My Single Friend

Dear Elisabeth, I ask for your forgiveness. I have not been a good disciple, nor a good friend to you in the ways I press and groan and guess about possible times and dates for when the Lord will bring us husbands. Talking too much about “if” and “when” and […]

Bible reading

10 Promises for Your Bible Reading

Many mornings, weariness threatens to win. Like a thick cloud, it opposes my time in God’s Word, obscures my desire to read, and keeps me from seeing the light of truth. My weariness might be circumstantial – a disappointment or an ongoing trial – or it may be physical – […]


The Honor of Biblical Submission

The God like us – stunning. Descending from majesty. Grappling with the confines of flesh, with skin and hands. Hearing others’ voices through two ears and having blood pump through a heart roughly the same size as mine. He knew the onslaught of grief, with all looming darkness, at Gethsemane. […]

Overcome evil

How to Overcome Evil with Good

These are difficult days in our country. 16 years from the attacks on the Twin Towers, the threat of terrorist violence still hangs over us and over freedom-loving people around the world. After many years of hoping for progress, anger and violence over issues of race have reached new intensity. […]


Three Useful Kindergarten Lessons for Christians

All I really need to know…I learned in kindergarten. (Robert Fulghum) I’m a kindergarten teacher. And I think Robert Fulghum was on the right track when he said that all he needed to know he learned in kindergarten. As I looked back over my year with the students, I realized […]


When God Asks Hard Things of You

On Saturday morning in the quiet of our family room, I flipped to a familiar story in the Bible. With coffee in hand, I opened Hosea. Rather, Hosea opened me. Hosea’s Difficult Story When God spoke to Hosea, what he said was unimaginable: “Go, take to yourself a wife of […]


Bible Q&A: Did Jesus Fall into Temptation?

Question: How can you say Jesus wasn’t drawn to sin? Hebrew 2:18 says, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Answer: We’ve received a number of questions about this. One reason for this is that we can only draw upon our own experience […]

Trust God

In Your Trials, Trust God

A cancer diagnosis took me completely by surprise 12 years ago. I was perfectly healthy and had no risk factors. I was processing my questions with a mature Christian friend when she said, “It’s almost a complement, don’t you think?” She was saying that God had allowed this trial and that he knew I would be […]


Bible Q&A: Is Jesus the Messiah, or the Misleader of Millions?

Question: In the Old Testament the devil already exists, and God says that he will send others to test his faith. This person will be of good spirits and have the ability to perform miracles to stray the weak-minded. In the New Testament, Jesus arrives, a man who has the ability […]

bread of life

Be Nourished by the Bread of Life

About four years ago, I experienced my first full-blown panic attack. Those experiences accumulated, and I grew to have increasing difficulty with leaving my home. I remember willfully dumping myself into the passenger seat to be driven to my parents’ nearby home—only to feel an urgent pull two minutes later […]


Five Ways Jesus Transformed My Marriage

“I have never been more mean in my life since being married,” I said to him. These words were not spewed in the midst of an argument or disagreement; rather, my husband and I were enjoying time together. I had been spending extra time in the Word seeking the Lord’s […]


An Open Letter to My Daughter on Mother’s Day

To my youngest daughter, for Mother’s Day, Have I ever told you that I consider Mother’s Day a celebration of you more than me? When your older sister was made for heaven, and not for earth—taken there, graciously, before she was even born—I knew how dear to me were all […]


The Beauty of the Cross

The two disciples walk slowly. Their journey today is not long, but their hearts are heavy with sorrow and confusion. They were sure that Jesus would be the Messiah, the one to redeem Israel, the one who would bring restoration and peace to the world, so that all nations would […]


Three Counterfeit Christs to Reject

Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the famous investment firm headed by Warren Buffett, is known for the following story about physicist Max Planck: “I frequently tell the apocryphal story about how Max Planck, after he won the Nobel Prize, went around Germany giving a same standard lecture on […]


Jesus Is Stronger Than Your Fear

Hi. My name is Sophie. I like to pretend emotions don’t exist. Two weeks ago my days were filled with one challenge after another, and by Friday night I could feel myself going into an emotional lock-down, attempting to bury every feeling in a Fort Knox-type armory with hopes that […]

belonging to the church

Three Challenges of Belonging to the Church

The Church is the body of Christ. This idea is found all over the Pauline epistles (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:12; Colossians 1:18,24), and is one of the clearest ways to refer to all true believers in Christ without specifying distinctions regarding doctrine, practice, or denomination. The term is […]

sermon clip

The Difference Between Jesus and the Law

Video Notes: Here is the difference between Jesus and the law: The law tells you what to do, but it can’t give you the power to do it. Jesus tells you what to do, and he gives you the power to do it. That is where strength, hope, and faith […]

bible teachers

Four Ways Bible Teachers Can Reflect Christ

I discovered teaching by accident. When I was invited to teach an economics course through the bank where I worked, I found I loved it, and I’ve been hooked ever since. So when the opportunity came to leave financial services and become a full-time professor, I grabbed it. I’ve been […]


The Heart of a Servant

In the restaurant business, there’s a saying: The waiter/waitress is a server, not a servant. The concept of servanthood is incredibly distasteful in our culture. America is (supposedly) a nation where no one is inherently better than anyone else. To us, being someone’s servant means you think of yourself as […]

expect less

Hope More, Expect Less

What do you expect in the near future? In Chicago, we can expect winter to be cold, snowy and long, but we can also expect a warm summer and a beautiful fall. (Spring is non-existent.) I expect to attend two family weddings this summer, which I expect will be great fun, […]

fight fear

Fight Fear with Faith

It’s not easy to be a Christian today. It never has been. But is it getting harder? In observing the times, there appears to be an increasing tension between those of the Christian faith and those who want to smother any expression of that faith. However, it’s absolutely crucial in this […]

God heals

The God Who Heals

She trails behind the crowd, uncertain if she should approach. The mass of people surrounding him overwhelms her; she can’t see what he’s doing, where he’s going, let alone hear him speak. She’d heard the reports about Jesus, amazing reports. Of healing, demon-expulsion, miracles. And Lord, did she need a […]


Six Ways Jesus Faced Opposition

I opened God’s Word with a heavy heart, feeling the burden of opposition. A friend had recently attacked my character due to a difference of ethical beliefs. Stunned and hurt by this, I quickly recognized my unpreparedness in facing this attack. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit prompted me to seek the […]

Jesus is God

Bible Q&A: Where Does the Bible Say That Jesus Is God?

Question: Apart from the statement in the Athanasian Creed that says “the Son is God,” is there any evidence in the Bible that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God or that he is the Son of God? Answer: This is Pastor Tim. While I was in school (seminary), I […]


One Way to Make a Difference for the Gospel Today

“Wherever people live, whatever media they have access to, we want the gospel to be heard.” (Pastor Colin) Unlocking the Bible is a listener-supported media ministry; every ONE of your gifts makes a difference! With 2017 right around the corner and many opportunities ahead of us for people to hear […]

Hostile World

Christ Came into a Hostile World

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18) A world of hostility toward truth, a world infatuated with sin, a world full of broken people who want to rule themselves—Jesus was born into this world. And if Jesus was received in […]

minor prophets

Why Modern-Day Christians Need the Minor Prophets

For some reason, many Christians today are scared of the Minor Prophets. Maybe it’s the complex prophecies, or the chaotic violence, or perhaps the puzzling historical context. Whatever it is, we have a cultural tendency to camp in the cozy familiarity of the Psalms and the Gospels—and leave the doom-and-gloom […]

mundane matters to Jesus

Your Mundane Matters to Jesus

How can the life of Jesus encourage a young mom who changes diapers? As a stay-at-home mother of four, my days are full of mundane tasks—endless cycles of preparation and cleanup for everything from dinner to laundry. Yes, there are tender moments that make it all worthwhile. But it’s easy […]

Jesus loves

Three Kinds of People Jesus Loves

I like to love people who are easy to love. I prefer to show love in ways where I can control what others think about me. Sometimes I wish to “tell it like it is” in the name of love, when really I’m being hurtful and unwise. Jesus, however, blows […]

God's love

Trust God’s Love Even When He’s Silent

As I embarked on my two-and-a-half hour drive to undergo another treatment for Lyme disease, I was struck by the rare silence around me. There were no little children calling my name, no fights to break up, no one asking for something to eat, and no screaming or crying to […]

jesus is good

Remind Yourself That Jesus Is Good

Of course Jesus is good righteous, good perfect, good sinless. He’s good sovereign, good Lord, good holy. We know that he is upright and blameless in everything. That goes along with being God. But did you know that he is also good kind? Good compassionate, good caring? More often than […]

great leader

Two Qualities That Make a Great Leader

Schools are soon in session and fall small groups are preparing to launch. In classrooms across the country, people will step into leadership roles—some for the first time, others having served so many times they’ve lost count. You may not be a school teacher or a Bible study leader, but […]


Bible Q&A: Who Really Has the Authority on Earth, God or Satan?

Question: In Bible study the other day, we were studying Luke chapter four. Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days. Satan says to Jesus, “Bow down and worship me, and I can give you all this.” I know he is the father of lies, so was that a lie? Could […]

How to Move from Duty to Delight

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6) There is a diminished version of Christianity that is often found […]


Bible Q&A: Can Miracles Like the Resurrection Happen Today?

Question:  I have been kind of questioning the Bible. I read every day and study it. I have been thinking lately that I don’t think any of the stuff in the Bible could happen today, like dead people coming back to life, a virgin having a baby, one man killing 6,000 […]


How to Use Your Freedom

“Freedom” means that you have the ability to do something different. When Henry Ford rolled his cars off the production lines in 1909, he declared, “You can have any color you want, as long as it’s black.” That was not freedom. I have a friend who says that he was […]

just as I am

Just As I Am

I struggle with the desire to impress people. I want to be the great musician, the great theologian, the great scholar. I want to say the thing that will unify the Church. I want a platform that will enable me to reach millions of people all around the globe. And […]

look at Christ

Why You Need to Look at Christ to Live

Death consumed the camp ground. Once again, the bareness and dryness of the wilderness led the people to cry out against Moses and against God. And, once again, God’s judgment came down to the people in a plague. This time, it was through the venomous death of serpents. The poison […]

the resurrection

Why the Resurrection Is More Than You May Think It Is

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But […]

resurrection Jesus Easter

Six Realities of the Resurrection

With the celebration of Easter comes a magnificent reality for the Christian. This is the glorious power of the resurrection – the historical reality that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. As Christians, we believe that God has spoken to us through his Word. We believe his Word is true. […]

Dealing with Rejection through the Gospel

Rejection is part of the business of this world. It comes in an endless variety of forms—not getting the job, a parent whose approval always seems to be just out of reach, a parent who decided not to be your parent after all, a spouse who comes home one day […]

all loves excelling

All Loves Excelling

Do you believe in love at first sight? Charles Wesley did. Wesley, the prolific hymn writer and itinerant evangelist, met the love of his life on August 28, 1747. Sarah “Sally” Gwynne, was the twenty-one-year-old daughter of his good friend, Marmaduke Gwynne. Wesley later admitted to Sally in a letter […]

The Most Important Question in the Bible

It was my first trip to Israel, and our itinerary was full of places that before the trip were, to me, only names on the pages of Scripture. I was excited because this journey held the assurance that we would learn much, see much, and feel much over the course […]

merry Christmas

Three Ways to Respond to Jesus This Christmas

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear […]

it's a wonderful life

It’s a Wonderful Life

We all know the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey is told by his guardian angel, Clarence, that he had gotten his wish: George had never been born. The chaotic, selfish, sinful tendencies of the town are amplified as a bewildered George stumbles through Pottersville, panicked and heartbroken that […]

fullness of Christ

Drained? Receive the Fullness of Christ

Christmas can leave a good number of people feeling more empty than full. And not only Christmas but many aspects of life. Parenting children. Budgeting monthly finances. Maintaining a healthy, vibrant marriage. Making appointments on time. Meeting the boss’ expectations. Running errands within a packed schedule. Caring for family and […]

Announcing a Royal Baby

The queue wrapped around the palace. Young and old, people stood all day for news of the royal baby. Prince William and his bride, Kate, had just given birth to the next heir to the British throne, and the throngs were breathless as they waited to welcome the new prince […]

How to Overcome Your Fears

A Christian is a person who submits his or her whole life to the lordship of Jesus Christ. This is the polar opposite of the great movements of our time, both within our own culture and around the world. What are the great things in the Bible that God does […]

Lessons from Little-Known Women of the Bible: Anna

It’s almost Thanksgiving, a day when we will give thanks around a table overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other goodies. No gifts. No hype. No countdown, unless you’re the one hosting a large crowd for the day, and even that is a joy. It’s a bit distressing to wake up the day after Thanksgiving, with memories […]

the world

Making Sense of the Newspaper and the World

If this is God’s world, how can it be filled with pain and suffering on such a massive scale? How can we connect the words of the angels about “peace on earth” with the reality of conflict and war? At the inauguration of his public ministry, Jesus announced that he […]

The Image of the Invisible God

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15) Facial recognition software has come a long way since it was first developed in the 1960s. In the early days, the computer was slow to match a person of interest to a photograph because it […]

Fear Is Not the Final Word

“Hail to Dorothy, the Wicked Witch is dead!” With a simple bucket of water Dorothy slew the dreaded Witch, and it didn’t come a moment too soon. My six-year-old heart was about to beat out of my chest. But thanks to the strategically located bucket, disaster was evaded – that […]

The Goat of Your Guilt Is Gone

Sometimes I need a goat. Not just any goat. A scapegoat — like the one described in Leviticus 16. On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Israel’s high priest, Aaron, brought two goats into the tabernacle courtyard and presented them to the Lord at the entrance of the tabernacle (v7). […]

On Sunroofs and Self-Denial

Jesus did not demand his rights but willingly set his face to Calvary, for your sake and for mine. Oh, how I wish I would respond that way to life’s circumstances – especially the trivial ones that pale in comparison to such a weight of glory as bearing sin on […]

I Would Be Like Jesus

In 1991, Gatorade ran its first “Be Like Mike” commercial. At that time, Michael Jordan was the most recognizable athlete in the world. Sports announcers could not say enough about the magic he created on the basketball court. And kids worldwide dreamed of becoming the next Michael Jordan. The commercial […]

Jesus Christ

Who Then Is This Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is the primary message relayed throughout the Gospel of Mark: Jesus is one with the Father, God in the flesh, full of power and authority over nature, demons, disease, and even death. For many believers who have put their faith in Christ, Jesus’ […]

freedom in Christ

The Glorious Privilege of Freedom in Christ

There’s no such thing as freedom — at least not in the sense that we can do whatever we please without restraint or consequence. That’s been Satan’s lie since the Garden of Eden: “Sure, Eve, you can eat the forbidden fruit. Then you can do whatever you want to do […]

finding peace

Finding Peace in a World of Turmoil

Imagine a state of perfect peace. What do you picture? For me, I imagine retreating alone to the ocean, looking out into the vastness, beauty, and power of its waters. The air is comfortable with a warm and gentle breeze with no distractions other than the chatter of seagulls and the […]


Are You Rightly Understanding Jesus?

My son-in-law is from Brazil, therefore English is his second language, and he doesn’t always understand our idioms. At a family birthday party recently, a family member said to him, speaking of his one-year-old son who had not managed a nap that day, “Aw, he’s pooped.” “Twice today,” was the […]

d-day invasion

The D-Day Invasion, World War II, and the Resurrection

June 6, 1944. The Nazis had overrun Europe and were threatening to conquer England. They seemed unstoppable, with a war machine producing unlimited tanks and planes and apparently unbeatable technology. But the Normandy landings turned the tide of the war, providing a beachhead for the Allied advance to Berlin, where […]

lion and the lamb

The Lion and the Lamb, Jesus Christ

What’s the most frequently used name for Jesus in the Book of Revelation? Is it the Lion of Judah? After all, the lion symbolizes royalty—power, dominion, strength. And that’s the theme of “the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place” […]

most powerful people in the world

The Most Powerful People in the World

For the second straight year, Russian president Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person in the world. Each year, Forbes Magazine produces a list of the world’s most powerful people, and the 2014 list shows the top five people to be: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia Barack Obama, President […]