The Parable of the Dead Rich Man


Jesus told stories to nudge people toward receptive insight. So why did he tell the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)? According to some, it was so that we might learn about the fiery torments of the dead. However, as we saw in the last post, this parable should not be read as the Wikipedia entry [...]

What are the Works of Abraham? (And Why Should We Do Them?)


If we are saved by faith in Christ alone, why does James insist that our faith must be matched with works? How can you balance the grace of God with the works of man? You can’t! In Part 1 of this study we looked at how James appears to contradict much of what Paul teaches about faith. If you hold James 2 [...]