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Jesus Stands with the Accused

December 1, 2016 // 62 Comments

In Biblical times there was a law that said a man could send his wife away with a certificate of divorce if she no longer found favor in his eyes. “She grew old and wrinkled, so I traded her in for a younger model.” This was not a good law, and Jesus didn’t like it. When asked about it he basically said, [...]

When is the Second Coming?

November 24, 2016 // 48 Comments

Every so often some omen or portent sets Facebook alight with the prospect of Christ’s imminent return. “Blood moons! Aligning planets! Israel sneezed! Jesus is coming – see the signs!” I have been hearing claims like these for decades and, I have to tell you, they sound increasingly ridiculous. I [...]

An Apology to the People of New Zealand

November 18, 2016 // 45 Comments

As a New Zealander, I was deeply saddened to hear about the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit north Canterbury in the early hours of Monday morning. As a Cantabrian, I groaned with the thought of “Not again.” In times of disaster it is natural to ask why. Why do bad things keep happening? And why Canterbury? [...]

The 5 Comings of Jesus

November 17, 2016 // 16 Comments

Imagine you lived 2,000 years ago and were waiting for the coming of Jesus. You expected him to come soon but you weren’t sure where he would appear. So you studied the scriptures and listened to different teachers, but that only increased your confusion. One group, quoting the prophet Micah, said the Messiah [...]

Coming to the Temple

November 15, 2016 // 13 Comments

Here’s an obscure prophecy about Jesus that probably affects you more than you know: “Behold, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, he is coming,” [...]

Relief in Your Troubles

November 3, 2016 // 47 Comments

The first check I ever got from coaching basketball, I didn’t cash. I kept it as a souvenir. But the second, third, and every other check went straight into my bank account. That’s a nice story, but imagine if I told you that first check was for a million dollars. If you came to my house and saw a check like [...]

The Sinless Life (1 John 3:6)

October 27, 2016 // 71 Comments

When the Holy Spirit came into your life the change in you was like night and day. It’s like you were given a heart transplant. Your old heart, which was captive to desires of the flesh and enslaved to sin, was replaced with a new heart with new desires and appetites. Your new heart beats with new passions and [...]

Did God Kill the Jews in AD70?

October 21, 2016 // 80 Comments

For 2,000 years prominent Christian theologians such as John Chrysostom, John Calvin, Matthew Henry, John Gill, Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, and others have taught that the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 was God’s doing. One unfortunate fruit of this bad teaching has been a long history of Jewish massacres [...]

How Do I Know I’m Saved?

October 13, 2016 // 81 Comments

“Are you saved? Are you sure?” These questions are sometimes used to scare people into signing up for works-based insurance, which is bad. And they can trigger salvation-anxiety, which is really bad. But the questions themselves are legitimate. In scripture we are exhorted to examine ourselves to see [...]

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

October 6, 2016 // 56 Comments

Have you heard the one about how God is recording everything you say and do, and on Judgment Day he’ll show all your dark, dirty secrets on a big TV screen? It’s a frightening thought—but it’s a fiction. God is not like that. God is love, and love keeps no record of wrongs. Not a diary, not a videotape, [...]

The “Patience” of Job

September 30, 2016 // 37 Comments

The Bible is full of humor and wisdom and if you don’t believe me, read this: As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:11) This verse makes me laugh and [...]

Who are the Hypergrace Preachers?

September 22, 2016 // 71 Comments

Hypergrace, according to some, is a dangerous and unbiblical teaching that is leading people down a licentious path to hell. Apparently the “rock-star preachers” promoting this hypergrace heresy will be “held accountable for the spiritual death of millions.” By proclaiming God’s unconditional love and [...]