The technology being introduced to new vehicles is quite amazing. Not just fancy things like onboard Wifi and built in navigation with touch screen controls, but safety features such as lane management systems and blind spot detection sensors. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is a form of blind spot detection. Believers throughout history have had blind spots […]Read More Blind Spot Detection
2006 started off as a bad year for Charles Moore. He lost his job as a roofer in Toledo, Ohio, and decided to return to his hometown of Detroit in search of work. Sadly, Moore soon found himself living on the street. While homeless, he stumbled upon 31 U.S. Savings Bonds in a city trash […]Read More When the Right Thing is the Hard Thing
In June of 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to his editor Stanley Unwin to explain why he was behind schedule finishing the final draft of The Hobbit. Instead of creating more material, he decided to start over and rewrite the entire first three chapters. His motivation was the feedback of a trusted friend and […]Read More What is Your TQ?
Message Notes: If I were the owner of a restaurant, I’d think that the last person I would want to show up unannounced would be the local health inspector. Not because I would want to have a dirty kitchen. But because the health score is posted for every customer to see. That is what Paul […]Read More Hello, I’m the Health Inspector
The terrible twos. It is the season every new parent fears—the season in a toddler’s life when he or she begins to manifest a very defined moral code. You know the code. You have lived the code. If I want it, it’s mine. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine. If it is within my […]Read More The Terrible Twos in Grown Up Shoes
I have a confession to make. Sometimes, I use filters on my Instagram photos. Here are a couple of recents. The first was taken at Dockery Lake, which is in the shadow of the second photo, taken from Preacher’s Rock on the AT near Woody Gap. But I’m not alone. We all use filters. Even […]Read More Applying the Gospel Filter to the Instagram of Our Lives
It took 32 “master builders” 17,336 man (and woman) hours to create a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing fighter out of 5,335,200 Lego pieces. Originally unveiled in New York in 2013, it now resides at Legoland in California, boasting a 44-foot wingspan and weighing in at over 45,000 pounds.[i] The Lego X-Wing is the extraordinary result […]Read More What it Takes to Build a 45,000 lb. X-Wing
The struggle is real. Martin Luther knew this. In 1535, Luther, a German professor of theology coined a phrase that many believers have found helpful to describe an ongoing struggle that every disciple of Jesus faces throughout their entire life. This pithy Latin phrase is found in Luther’s commentary on Galatians,[i] where he says […]Read More Deeply Flawed and Dearly Loved
Quick Navigation “I am the bigger sinner.”“Jesus is the hero, not me.”“There is an important role for you to play in God’s Kingdom.”“I will always be for you.” You know what it’s like to go out to dinner and have the waiter pop the question. No, not that question, but “Would you like dessert.” If […]Read More 4 Things Every Child Needs to Hear from a Father
Everything changed with the release of the iPhone. This wasn’t just an improved phone, but something entirely new. It was outfitted with a camera. You could send and receive email, surf the web, check the weather, pay bills and play music. It became a tool for video conferencing, watching movies, reading books and participating in […]Read More Better Than Improved
1 Thes. 4:13-18; 5:1-11 13Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have […]Read More How Will History End?
Listen here: This is part 2 in an 8-week sermon series called Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Last week we began by asking if there is credible evidence for the existence of a personal, creator God. We discovered that the evidence is overwhelming. That evidence is what we call in theology, General Revelation, how […]Read More Flying by the Instruments
Who does what in sanctification? Is is all God? Is it all me? Part God and part me? How am I to understand who does what? Well, I came across some passages today in my study that I think shed some helpful light in answering the question. Check these out (I’ve underlined some key phrases): […]Read More Who Does What in Sanctification?
Paul’s First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:4–14:26) A.D. 46–47 Barnabas and Paul first visited Barnabas’s home region of Cyprus before sailing to the southern region of Asia Minor. When they reached Perga in Pamphylia, John Mark left the group and returned to Jerusalem. Making their way to Antioch (in Pisidia), Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe, Paul and […]Read More A Survey of Paul’s Missionary Journeys (with Maps)
From the apostle Paul to the Puritans to modern day grace preachers, we learn that the more mature we get as Christians, the more we will see our sin. This does not mean that we necessarily will sin more, but that we will become more aware of various actions and motives as sinful, that before […]Read More Seeing More of My Sin, More of the Cross and Coming Alive to the Wonder of the Gospel
Note that what Paul says here is in the present tense, not the past. He is describing his “now” need for the gospel, not his “then” need. This is so hopeful for a sinner like me. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of […]Read More A “Now” Need Rather Than a “Then” Need
Justin Holcomb is the Academic Dean of Re:Train, and posted this helpful article on the Resurgence blog recently: Paul refers to himself numerous times as worth “imitating” when it comes to spiritual growth and maturity (1 Cor. 4:16, 11:1; Phil. 3:17, 4:19; 1 Thess. 1:6; and 2 Thess. 3:7, 9). What do we see when […]Read More Paul’s Example of Downward Mobility
Whether the mission is starting a new business, exploring space or driving for a vacation to Disney World, a mission is an adventure which requires stepping into (often) unknown contexts with uncertain outcomes. Sure, I have a portrait in my mind of how it will all turn out. However, that picture is rarely how the […]Read More Gospel Realism in Mission
The Paul of the New Testament is a strong apologetic to me for the credibility of the gospel. A leading Jewish scholar who was a leading member of the Pharisees, he had hated Christians. For example, in Acts 7, a man named Stephen preaches and the crowd of unbelieving Jews stones him to death. In […]Read More The Kind of Worship That Takes Place in Prison