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Jul 2015 31 Jul 31, 2015

The key to experiencing joy when confronted with “various” trials is knowledge: Continue reading . . . The key to experiencing joy when confronted with “various” trials is knowledge: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for [because!] you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3). This isn’t barren, abstract ideas in the head, but a perspective on life that is sha...Read More

Jul 2015 30 Jul 30, 2015
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In his book, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Tim Keller reminds us that “at the heart of why people disbelieve and believe in God, of why people decline and grow in character, of how God becomes less real and more real to us – is suffering” (6). Continue reading . . . In his book, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Tim Keller reminds us that “at the heart of why people disbelieve and believe in God, of why people decline an...Read More

Jul 2015 29 Jul 29, 2015

When you stand in breathless amazement at the beauty of the star-lit night, do you question the goodness of God? No. Continue reading . . . When you stand in breathless amazement at the beauty of the star-lit night, do you question the goodness of God? No. When you witness the birth of your child and contemplate the wonder and majesty of how he/she is crafted and shaped, do you immediately doubt whether God has your best interests at heart? No. When you discover that yo...Read More

Jul 2015 28 Jul 28, 2015

Are you as annoyed as I am by people who name drop? I suppose all of us have done it at one time or another, but there are some folk who go out of their way to let you know whom they know. Continue reading . . . Are you as annoyed as I am by people who name drop? I suppose all of us have done it at one time or another, but there are some folk who go out of their way to let you know whom they know. It’s almost as if their own personal value is enhanced by their acq...Read More

Jul 2015 27 Jul 27, 2015
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In a blog article entitled, “Their Respective Beheadings,” posted last Friday (July 24), Doug Wilson says this about ISIS and Planned Parenthood: Continue reading . . . In a blog article entitled, “Their Respective Beheadings,” posted last Friday (July 24), Doug Wilson says this about ISIS and Planned Parenthood: “This is one difference between ISIS and the Democratic abortion rights coalition, one that shows that the latter is trying to...Read More

Jul 2015 24 Jul 24, 2015
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Know this first of all: Panic, pessimism, and apocalyptic rants are out of order for people who believe in the risen, ruling, and soon-returning Christ. So, what then should be our response? Continue reading . . . Know this first of all: Panic, pessimism, and apocalyptic rants are out of order for people who believe in the risen, ruling, and soon-returning Christ. So, what then should be our response? First, we must never forget that when Christianity was birthed in th...Read More

Jul 2015 23 Jul 23, 2015
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Needless to say, there are numerous things that we believe concerning human sexuality and marriage. But in light of the recent ruling of SCOTUS, let me mention only three. Continue reading . . . Needless to say, there are numerous things that we believe concerning human sexuality and marriage. But in light of the recent ruling of SCOTUS, let me mention only three. (1) Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, marriage has not changed. Society may suppress the truth in u...Read More

Jul 2015 22 Jul 22, 2015
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Today, July 22, 2015, is J. I. Packer’s 89th birthday. I thought it only appropriate that I say something about this remarkable and godly Christian man. Continue reading . . . Today, July 22, 2015, is J. I. Packer’s 89th birthday. I thought it only appropriate that I say something about this remarkable and godly Christian man. So I’ve adapted the following from my new book, Packer on the Christian Life (Crossway). If you want the bibliographical source...Read More

Jul 2015 21 Jul 21, 2015

This is just a note to those of you who may have had a difficult time in obtaining my new book, Packer on the Christian Life (Crossway). Almost from the day of its official release it has been out-of-stock at Amazon. I’m happy to say that it is now fully stocked and available for purchase. You can go directly to www.amazon.com or click on the link above here at www.samstorms.com. Blessings! Continue reading . . . This is just a note to those of you who may have ha...Read More

Jul 2015 21 Jul 21, 2015

I don’t want to come across as overly simplistic, but the debate in our society over homosexuality, transgenderism, and same-sex marriage is first and fundamentally about moral authority. Continue reading . . . I don’t want to come across as overly simplistic, but the debate in our society over homosexuality, transgenderism, and same-sex marriage is first and fundamentally about moral authority. Everyone has a moral authority, even people who by our judgment...Read More

Jul 2015 20 Jul 20, 2015

Do you believe that “real enjoyment is essential to real godliness,” or does that sound more like a tag-line for the power of positive thinking, or perhaps a self-serving cliché on the lips of some popular prosperity preacher of our day? Continue reading . . . Do you believe that “real enjoyment is essential to real godliness,” or does that sound more like a tag-line for the power of positive thinking, or perhaps a self-serving clich&eacut...Read More

Jul 2015 16 Jul 16, 2015
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We’ve all probably grown a bit tired of hearing about the ruling of the Supreme Court regarding so-called same-sex marriage. But the issue isn’t going away, and Christians need to be informed and prepared for the days ahead. In this article I want to focus on only two questions. Continue reading . . . We’ve all probably grown a bit tired of hearing about the ruling of the Supreme Court regarding so-called same-sex marriage. But the issue isn’t go...Read More

Jul 2015 15 Jul 15, 2015
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Is this an odd world, or what? Continue reading . . . “Bruce Jenner is female, Rachel Dolezal is black, and Donald Trump is a presidential contender” (National Review, July 6, 2015, 4). Is this an odd world, or what?...Read More

Jul 2015 14 Jul 14, 2015

“a justifying faith is a lust-fighting [not lust-delighting] faith.” Continue reading . . . In the most recent issue of First Things there is a review by David Nolan of Robert Zaretsky’s new book, Boswell’s Enlightenment (Harvard, 288 pages). James Boswell was born in 1740 and died in 1795. He is most known for his two-volume, Life of Samuel Johnson (published in 1791). I don’t know much about Boswell. Nor have I read the book by Zaretsky....Read More

Jul 2015 13 Jul 13, 2015
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Augustine’s own portrayal of his conversion is one that every Christian should ponder. It cuts through the maze of altar calls, decision cards, raised hands, and insipid prayers to “ask Jesus into one’s heart.” Continue reading . . . Augustine’s own portrayal of his conversion is one that every Christian should ponder. It cuts through the maze of altar calls, decision cards, raised hands, and insipid prayers to “ask Jesus into one&rsq...Read More

Jul 2015 9 Jul 9, 2015

People often ask, “Is baptism necessary? Must I be baptized?” The answer is in one sense No, but in another sense Yes. Continue reading . . . People often ask, “Is baptism necessary? Must I be baptized?” The answer is in one sense No, but in another sense Yes. If you are asking, “Is baptism necessary for salvation” the answer is No. You are justified by faith alone. You are fully and finally forgiven of your sins when you repent and ...Read More

Jul 2015 8 Jul 8, 2015

We are now ready to pick up on our Lord’s conversation with the rich young ruler in Mark 10:18-22. Continue reading . . . We are now ready to pick up on our Lord’s conversation with the rich young ruler in Mark 10:18-22. Let’s look again at the text. And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do...Read More

Jul 2015 7 Jul 7, 2015
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As one reads through the Gospel of Mark a question eventually comes to mind: Is Jesus ever going to encounter a normal person? Consider for a moment the sort of people with whom Jesus has engaged up through chapter nine of this gospel record. You talk about an odd collection of characters! Continue reading . . . As one reads through the Gospel of Mark a question eventually comes to mind: Is Jesus ever going to encounter a normal person? Consider for a moment the sort of...Read More

Jul 2015 6 Jul 6, 2015

[My new book on J. I. Packer’s view of the Christian Life opens with this biographical note.] Continue reading . . . [My new book on J. I. Packer’s view of the Christian Life opens with this biographical note.] I don’t think it an exaggeration to say that I owe much of what I am as a pastor and theologian to the combined influence of a schoolyard bully and an inattentive bread truck driver. Such are the mysteries of divine providence that largely acco...Read More

Jul 2015 2 Jul 2, 2015
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In the wake of the recent Supreme Court Decision regarding so-called “Same-Sex Marriage” I was privileged to sign the following declaration on marriage. The other signatories are listed at the bottom. Continue reading . . . In the wake of the recent Supreme Court Decision regarding so-called “Same-Sex Marriage” I was privileged to sign the following declaration on marriage. The other signatories are listed at the bottom. Here We Stand: An Evange...Read More

Jul 2015 1 Jul 1, 2015

I am greatly honored to have the following individuals write their endorsement for my new book on J. I. Packer’s view of the Christian life. Continue reading . . . I am greatly honored to have the following individuals write their endorsement for my new book on J. I. Packer’s view of the Christian life. Mark Noll and Leland Ryken were colleagues of mine at Wheaton College and Timothy George provides leadership for Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabam...Read More