Addiction is Idolatry

Addiction to pain medication, addiction to spending money, addiction to food, addiction to alcohol, addiction to pornography/masturbation, addiction to gambling, addiction to video games, addiction to exercise, addiction to sex, addiction to vanity, addiction to cutting and self-harm — whatever the addiction — addiction is idolatry. This is not meant as an emotionless slam on…

Bringing America to Christ

Every Christian knows (or should know) that our citizenship is in heaven. We are Christians first. All other loyalties follow. We have given up families, lands, nations for Christ and His Kingdom. But. We also pray for God’s Kingdom to come, for His will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” Even…

Help for Women Who Struggle with Porn

One of the questions I hear from time to time is about the lack of Christian and gospel resources for women who have become trapped in pornography. So many of the admonitions are aimed at men, and women can often feel overlooked and neglected. Hopefully this post is one small step in addressing that. But…

I Agree with Jonathan Merritt

I’m rather surprised to hear myself say it, but I agree with Jonathan Merritt. Ok, but before anyone gets the wrong impression, let me explain what I agree with. Jonathan Merritt wrote an article for the Atlantic suggesting that the Southern Baptist Convention is going soft on gender in their latest Bible translation, and he…

Where is the Kingdom?

Luke LIV: Lk. 17:20-37 Introduction This text is about what the Kingdom of God is like and therefore how Christians are to go about seeking it and building it. The Text: Having rebuked the Pharisees for prizing the wrong things (Lk. 16:15), the Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come (Lk. 17:20)….

Contagious Joy

Luke LIII: Lk. 17:1-19 Introduction In Escape from Reason, Francis Shaeffer argues that one of the central elements of the turn of Western Civilization away from God has been a turn toward despair – a certain hopelessness about God, human life, and the universe. Despair tends to spread bitterness and apathy, but Jesus came to…

The Great Fixed Chasm

Luke LII: Lk. 16:19-31 Introduction This is the third story in row that Jesus has told about a rich man. Remember that the context of all three is the grumbling of the Pharisees and scribes, that Jesus receives sinners and eats with them (Lk. 15:2). The point is to make us care about what God…

The Shrewdness of the Sons of Light

Luke LI: Lk. 16:1-18 Introduction This is one of the more challenging portions of the book of Luke, with somewhat differing interpretations in the history of the church. But the central point is about loyalty to God and how that drives the right kind of wise and generous love of the world. Summary of the…

Elders as Fathers

“I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I…

Entering Into His Joy

Luke L: Lk. 15:1-32 Introduction This famous chapter of Luke focuses on how God responds when sinners repent, and our temptations when that happens. God rejoices when sinners repent, but sinners are tempted to sin by not entering into His joy. Summary of the Text: This chapter consists of three stories about things that have…