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God Helps the Helpless

March 30, 2017 // 24 Comments

Self-help religion says, “If you want God’s help, you have to work for it. You have to pull up your socks to impress the Lord.” But look at the people Jesus helped and you will see that God is not like this. Jesus helped handicapped people, powerless widows, sick children, and paralyzed servants. Jesus [...]

Whose Wrath has Come? (1 Thessalonians 2:16)

March 23, 2017 // 33 Comments

(The Jews) killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone… they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last. (1 Thessalonians 2:15-16, NIV) This sounds like something you might read in the Old Testament yet [...]

Myth 9: The Hyper-Grace Gospel Encourages Sin

March 16, 2017 // 26 Comments

Preach the scandalous grace of God and some will misinterpret your message as an endorsement of sin. It’s practically inevitable. But those who dismiss grace as a license to sin merely show their ignorance of it. As John Calvin may have said, “How can the medicine that’s supposed to kill the disease (grace) [...]

Human versus Divine Vengeance

March 9, 2017 // 61 Comments

When Abel was murdered, his blood cried out to God for vengeance. Yet God did not kill Cain the murderer but protected him against those who would seek his life. Clearly, God’s idea of vengeance was different from Abel’s. The scriptures contrast human and divine vengeance. One seeks payback and retribution, [...]

Days of Vengeance

March 2, 2017 // 46 Comments

When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near… because these are days of vengeance. (Luke 21:20-23) When prophesying about the fall of Jerusalem, Jesus referred to the days of vengeance. But whose vengeance was it? Why was it brought about? And what does it mean for us? [...]

Two Buttons

February 21, 2017 // 35 Comments

Before you are done reading this post, I hope you will press one button and possibly two. So get your button-pressing finger ready, because here comes the first button. The first button We’re test-driving some concept art for the cover of the new AD70 book. This is exciting stuff, at least for me. But I need [...]

What did the High Priest See?

February 18, 2017 // 16 Comments

On the night he was betrayed, there was a dramatic confrontation between Jesus and the Sanhedrin. Picture the scene: Caiaphas, the high priest is fishing for evidence they can use against the Lord. Many false witnesses come forward but their lies are transparent and useless. Finally someone says, “I heard this [...]

When did the Old Covenant End?

February 16, 2017 // 67 Comments

The Bible is made up of two documents: the Old Testament and the New Testament. These documents roughly equate to two covenants: the old covenant and the new covenant. I say roughly because the old covenant did not begin in Genesis 1 and the new covenant did not begin in Matthew 1. A covenant is a binding [...]

What Makes a Church a Family?

February 9, 2017 // 64 Comments

The gospel of grace has exploded over the past few years. Ten years ago you probably hadn’t heard of Joseph Prince, Andrew Wommack, or Escape to Reality. But today many people are preaching grace, writing about grace, singing about grace, and walking in grace. There are countless sermons, books, and videos on [...]

Does the Lord Bring Trouble? (Job 42:11)

February 1, 2017 // 88 Comments

A few readers have asked for my thoughts on this “troublesome” passage: All (Job’s) brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a [...]

Get Your Name in Paul’s Book

January 26, 2017 // 20 Comments

My new book, Stuff Jesus Never Said, has won a gold medal at the 2017 Illumination Book Awards. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. Here’s another announcement: The ebook version of Stuff Jesus Never Said is coming out in a couple of months. And if you act fast, your name could be in it! When Stuff Jesus Never [...]

How Religion Makes Us Stupid (And Jesus Makes Us Wise)

January 19, 2017 // 62 Comments

Religion is an endless car race and I have a trackside seat. I smell the fumes of religious ambition, and I hear the sickening crunch of condemnation. The religious race goes on and on, and I get to watch people slamming into the hard wall of rules and unforgiveness. I don’t particularly want to watch this, but [...]