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Sep 2016 30 Sep 30, 2016

Mark 14:65 is difficult to read, and even more difficult to understand: “And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, ‘Prophesy!’ And the guards received him with blows” (Mark 14:65). Continue reading . . .  Mark 14:65 is difficult to read, and even more difficult to understand: “And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, ‘Prophesy!’ And the...Read More

Sep 2016 29 Sep 29, 2016
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One of the more baffling things Jesus said during his trial before the high priest of Israel was in response to the question, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” His response is recorded for us in Mark 14:62. There he said: “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Continue reading . . .  One of the more baffling things Jesus said during his trial before the hig...Read More

Sep 2016 27 Sep 27, 2016

[Many of you said you had problems accessing the entire article yesterday, so I’m posting it again. I trust that this time the entire article will appear. Thanks for your patience.] Continue reading . . .  [Many of you said you had problems accessing the entire article yesterday, so I’m posting it again. I trust that this time the entire article will appear. Thanks for your patience.] Although some argue that there is no consistent pattern in the NT fo...Read More

Sep 2016 27 Sep 27, 2016

One of the more profound mysteries in the life of Jesus is the reason for his anguish and distress in the face of a future that he himself had prophesied. I have in mind his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36). Many have attempted to explain this request. Continue reading . . .  One of the more profound mysteries in the life of J...Read More

Sep 2016 26 Sep 26, 2016
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Although some argue that there is no consistent pattern in the NT for local church government, I disagree. I believe the NT portrays for us a virtually air-tight case for governance by a plurality of Elders. However, it is important to realize that even if this is not the case we can still determine whether or not women should be appointed to positions of senior governmental authority. Continue reading . . .  Although some argue that there is no consistent pattern ...Read More

Sep 2016 22 Sep 22, 2016
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[The past two days have seen a number of blogs re-posting Michael Kruger’s response to Andy Stanley’s sermon on the Bible. If you’ve already read Kruger’s article, you can stop now. But if you haven’t, please take the time to carefully study what he has written. It is superb and much needed.] Continue reading . . .  [The past two days have seen a number of blogs re-posting Michael Kruger’s response to Andy Stanley’s sermon ...Read More

Sep 2016 21 Sep 21, 2016

One of the more striking scenes in the gospel accounts of our Lord’s earthly life and death takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane. The portrayal of the almost indescribable mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical anguish that Jesus experienced is overwhelming. The synoptic gospels together paint a graphic picture using five different words. One word alone, apparently, simply could not capture the depths of his torment. Continue reading . . .  One of the ...Read More

Sep 2016 19 Sep 19, 2016
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Today we turn our attention to 10 things we should know about the most controversial passage in the Bible when it comes to the role/relationship between men and women. In 1 Timothy 2:11-15, Paul writes: “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgre...Read More

Sep 2016 15 Sep 15, 2016

I’ve been thinking lately of the mood or attitude or spiritual perspective that ought to characterize our approach to the Lord’s Table. Many gravitate to one of two extremes. Some come sullen and sad, while others draw near with a joy that often borders on frivolity. Continue reading . . .  I’ve been thinking lately of the mood or attitude or spiritual perspective that ought to characterize our approach to the Lord’s Table. Many gravitate to...Read More

Sep 2016 14 Sep 14, 2016

I was honored in 2000 when my friend Larry Crabb agreed to write the Foreword to my book, Pleasures Evermore (NavPress). I’ve often told people that it is the best part of the book! Larry’s observations on Jonathan Edwards’s hypothetical observations on the life and trial of Oscar Wilde is an excellent summation of Christian Hedonism. I commend it to your consideration today. Continue reading . . .  I was honored in 2000 when my friend Larry Crabb...Read More

Sep 2016 13 Sep 13, 2016
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When people want to deny Christian Hedonism they often direct our attention to the words of Jesus in Mark 8:34-37. But as you will shortly see, this passage is actually a defense of it. Continue reading . . .  When people want to deny Christian Hedonism they often direct our attention to the words of Jesus in Mark 8:34-37. But as you will shortly see, this passage is actually a defense of it. Here is what Jesus said: And calling the crowd to him with his discipl...Read More

Sep 2016 12 Sep 12, 2016
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We’ve been looking closely at some important principles to understand when it comes to male headship and female submission. We turn today to 10 things we should know about how Paul’s appeal for mutual submission in Ephesians 5 applies to this subject. Continue reading . . .  We’ve been looking closely at some important principles to understand when it comes to male headship and female submission. We turn today to 10 things we should know about how...Read More

Sep 2016 8 Sep 8, 2016

I’ve often been asked what, in my opinion, is the best book ever written on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scriptures. It’s not an easy question to answer. Continue reading . . .  I’ve often been asked what, in my opinion, is the best book ever written on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scriptures. It’s not an easy question to answer. When I first started out in ministry in the 1970’s there were few t...Read More

Sep 2016 7 Sep 7, 2016

If someone were to ask you what it is about Christianity that makes it unique among the many world religions, how would you answer them? What is it about the Christian faith that sets it apart and in doing so helps to confirm its truthfulness? What is it about Christianity that makes it so appealing? Continue reading . . .  If someone were to ask you what it is about Christianity that makes it unique among the many world religions, how would you answer them? What i...Read More

Sep 2016 6 Sep 6, 2016

During John Piper’s recent ministry trip to Europe, he spoke at the Congresson Missione in Montesilvano in Italy. His subject was: Why God Created the World. I strongly urge you to read and re-read this remarkable article. It was first published at www.desiringgod.org on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Continue reading . . .  During John Piper’s recent ministry trip to Europe, he spoke at the Congresson Missione in Montesilvano in Italy. His subject was: W...Read More

Sep 2016 5 Sep 5, 2016
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In an earlier post we looked at 10 things all should know about male headship as it is found in Scripture. Today we look at female submission. Continue reading . . .  In an earlier post we looked at 10 things all should know about male headship as it is found in Scripture. Today we look at female submission. (1) Submission (Gk., hupotasso) carries the implication of voluntary yieldedness to a recognized authority. Biblical submission is appropriate in several rela...Read More

Sep 2016 1 Sep 1, 2016

We’ve been trying to understand the difference between how Mary and Judas responded to Jesus as a way of exposing the nature and intensity of our own affection for the Son of God. The story we’ve been looking at is found in Mark 14:1-11. Continue reading . . .  We’ve been trying to understand the difference between how Mary and Judas responded to Jesus as a way of exposing the nature and intensity of our own affection for the Son of God. The story...Read More