Thursday, October 16, 2014

My heart breaks over Mark Driscoll

I'm diverting a bit before I write part two about those who have never heard. I need to get some words out about the whole Mark Driscoll controversy. If you're unaware of the details surrounding Driscoll, they can be read about here. And here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

And in a bunch of other places.

Monday, September 22, 2014

What about those who have never heard? (Part 1)

One of the most common objections to the exclusivity of the Christian gospel goes something like this: "God must surely be forgiving toward those who never have heard of Him."

There are a few reactions that I have to this retort. 

First, it's a very loving thought. Anybody that makes a statement like this probably isn't trying to win a debate as much as they are trying to appeal to the love of God, in which they most certainly believe. To think of people in the world who are less advantaged and, in some cases, at a complete disadvantage in life, is absolutely commendable and appreciated. 

The next couple of thoughts I have about the above statement are less emotion-based and more theological/philosophical in nature. These two thoughts will make up parts one and two of this blog topic.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Why blood?

Today was Communion Sunday at our church. On these Sundays we like to do meditations, which are dwellings on God's Word that are shorter than a sermon. I presented how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Day of Atonement and the study really fired me up. The study is lengthy, but worth it. Read it below.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Feelings are a broken compass

Ending the roughly 10-week blog drought, I am now ready to begin posting thoughts from Payson, Utah. Since my last post, Melissa has graduated college, I hired and trained a new manager for the weekly newspaper we operated, we moved across the country, and I started a new job. Oh yeah, and we're missionaries working at Payson Bible Church. God is good.


Last night at church, we discussed human feelings and how we are to respond to our experiences. Here are two foundational passages: 

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"
Jeremiah 17:9

"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person." 
Matthew 15:18-20a 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Books about heaven: Spurgeon's critique

There are so many books about heaven these days. Unfortunately, most of them don't have to do with what the Bible says about heaven -- they're extrabiblical experiences that sell like hotcakes and make people feel warm and fuzzy inside.

It's really too bad that they completely miss the point about God's heavenly kingdom.