God's wonderful plan of salvation for his people was purposed and set on course by God himself before creation; a plan that was to be accomplished by sending his Son, Jesus.
There is coming a time when professing believers will either jump ship or bind themselves to the hull, come what may.
"Predestination": A word of comfort for many. But for many others, divisive and confusing words. Why does Paul begin his letter to the Ephesians with such a "divisive" doctrine?
We find ourselves today not crossing seas on dry land, raising the dead, or calling fire down from Heaven; but living seemingly normal, average, and even mundane lives. How ordinary.
Is this statement compatible with a Christian worldview and the Great Commission? How should Christians think through the current "border crisis" and immigration reform?
With all of our attempts to appeal to children, young people, and young adults, we've just missed the point and the problem entirely. In many cases, all we've ever given to our children and young adults is a Happy Meal and play time.
Most preaching in evangelical churches today is anemic at best. Many preachers are content to deliver countless series on anything from "7 Steps to a Happy Family," to "5 Laws of a Balanced Budget." After all, people can't listen very long anymore; they have short attention spans. What possible good could come from a dry dissertation on doctrine?
Does your music ministry encourage or discourage people from singing? There are subtle things you may be doing that are virtually killing off congregational singing.
The modern church has attached some interesting definitions to the word "worship." Everything from lifting hands, closing eyes, smiling real big, and singing real loud have become the hallmarks of "real worship;" and if you're anything like me, this may make you feel... inadequate.
Christmas and Easter do indeed have a lasting and perpetual hold on even the most staunchly evangelical-Protestant hearts and minds. The problem is, there's more to the story of Christ and the gospel than Christmas and Easter.