Sin Extinguished by God’s Mercy

We live in a country in which we pride ourselves on freedom, after all we are the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” While we very well may live among many brave, we really don’t live in a land of the free – politically or spiritually. In the same way we…

Milk to Meat of Gospel

  “Paul saw the Gospel as more than a onetime-only kērygma for unbelievers. Evangelicals have long acted as though the Gospel was the right “medicine” for unbelievers, but that believers need to move beyond the Gospel and go on to other things, a movement from the “milk” to the “meat.” But this seems untrue—thoroughly out…

Seeing Face to Face

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought…

Architect Building Theology

Teaching takes many forms, whether it is formal teaching or the informal teaching that accompanies our relationships and family moments. The church and parents alike indirectly, if not directly, teach how to pray as they model it in the worship service, the dinner table, and the bedside. Theological teaching is reinforced as we sing our…

Nothing But a Boaster

The man who does the most good is the least accustomed to boast; the man who boasts may be regarded as doing nothing else. – Albert Barnes It is pride that is the root enemy of love. Paul tells us that love does not boast and it is not arrogant. Arrogance is pride. It means…

Love Writes With Ashes

Love is the solution to resentfulness. Another way of saying, “love is not resentful” is to say that “love is forgiving.” Instead of holding a real or perceived wrong against someone, love either chooses to not take it as a personal offense; or if it is a personal offense, chooses to forgive. Far too long…

Preach to the Maids and Children

“When I preach I regard neither doctors or magistrates, of whom I have above forty in my congregation; I have all my eyes on the servant maids and on the children. And if the learned men are not well pleased with what they hear, well, the door is open.” I have to admit that I…