“Have mercy on those who doubt” (Jude 22, ESV). When I was in my first semester of seminary and in Old Testament Survey, there were a lot of new things to me, despite being raised in church and formed in a Christian school. As we were looking into the Psalms, we had a discussion board … Continue reading Is It Okay to Doubt God?
Growing up, my parents were faithful to be sure that I was at church on Sundays and Wednesdays. I had many friends in the same boat who attended church through their adolescent years. Mom and dad would wake them up and drive them to church on Sunday mornings. They would send these kids and teens … Continue reading Why Teens Are Leaving the Church & What to Do About It
Two-thousand years ago, the Jewish people found themselves in a sad and sorrowful time. The Roman government had overtaken all that they knew as near and dear for their religion to be promising. You could say that they were living in a time of bad news. A few men found themselves in a unique situation … Continue reading Fall On Your Knees For the Savior Alone
I have to shamefully admit, I was skeptical when I first began hearing about Kanye's dabbling in Christian circles a few months back, and didn't pay much attention until recently. He's been hosting his own church services. Now he has released what may be considered one of the most God-glorifying hip-hop albums to date in … Continue reading Kanye Meets the King of Kings
The average person speaks upwards of 10,000+ words per day. Taken in one day, a person’s words write a few chapters of a book or a few lengthy blogs. In five days, a novel has been written. In a month, a series of books—take Harry Potter as an example—have been written. In the course of … Continue reading My Faith Will Speak
Isn't there joy on the face of the child in the cover photo? Too often, we are afraid we can't find that joy in the pages of Scripture. We feel bogged down, confused, and weary after attempting to read the hills and valleys of words within. Yet, within the pages of Scripture, there lies an … Continue reading The Unexpected Joy in Learning to Read the Bible
Bart Ehrman, a prolific agnostic author and professor poses a question to his students each semester he begins his course over the Bible at the secular university at which he teaches. Ehrman has summarized the routine as follows: "So, part of the deal of teaching in the Bible Belt is that lots of my students … Continue reading What Is the Bible?
Why can I trust my Bible? In 2013, Macklemore released Same Love, a song with a political plea for the neutrality of gender and the propagation of “love.” In the song, Macklemore does two things. First, he attacks the authority of Scripture, “America the brave Still fears what we don't know And God loves all … Continue reading Why Can I Trust My Bible?
How do I choose a translation? The question listed above is a good question, but it is one among many. Why are there so many translations? Which translation is best? How do I know which translations are reliable? This list of questions can go on and on and on, but our goal is to answer … Continue reading Are All Bible Translations Created Equal?
What books belong in the Bible? How do we know we have the right books in the Bible? Do we have an authoritative list of books, or a list of authoritative books? With so many today (even pastors) questioning the authority of the Bible, this question is more valuable than ever. The questions we will … Continue reading Which Words Are God’s Words?