One time I talked to a believer frustrated with his Christian radio station. Now, if I said nothing else, you might assume he wanted the station to play more music, or that he disagreed with some doctrinal point covered in a sermon. But if you thought either of those things, you’d be wrong.
He simply didn’t like that some of the radio pastors preached from the Old Testament, because (from his perspective) only sermons from the New Testament are truly edifying.
A few weeks later someone in my small group spoke up with concerns over our pastor’s current sermon series. Only this time it wasn’t just the Old Testament that was the problem, it was the Pauline epistles as well. According to him, pastors should primarily preach from the Gospel accounts of Christ because that is what would help us evangelize better.
I wondered how and when the church had gotten so off tract that its members fail to see the value of each divinely inspired book, both in the Old and New Testaments.
I am so excited to announce that this month Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible comes out! Dr. Sandra Glahn serves as the General Editor and a diverse group of 16 scholars contributed. Chapter 4, on Bathsheba, is written by yours truly.
Earlier this year, five of us authors participated on a panel moderated by Dr. Glahn during chapel at Dallas Theological Seminary. You can watch the video below:
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
The biblical phrase “the just shall live by faith” first occurs in the Old Testament (Habakkuk 2:4), where it describes the marked contrast between those who perpetrate injustice (in this passage the Babylonians) and the righteous who live by their faithfulness. It later becomes a key phrase in the New Testament.
The apostle Paul quoted it twice (Rom. 1:16–17 and Gal. 3:11) in a spiritual sense to show the crucial point of salvation through faith. The author of Hebrews quoted this verse when talking about the perseverance of believers under hardship (10:37–38). Notably, these verses help introduce what has commonly come to be called “the Faith Chapter” (ch. 11). Read more
When my husband and I moved to Texas 7+ years ago, I experienced more culture shock than anticipated.
Have you seen that bumper sticker that says “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quickly as I could”? Well…that wasn’t on our car. Read more
I’m a wee bit Irish so I get excited about cabbage and Shamrock shakes in the month of March. But, if you think today is only about the green fun, then read on!
Saint Patrick stood out in his time for his “contextualization” of the gospel. By that I mean he preached the gospel in a way that made sense to the people of Ireland.
The gospel itself doesn’t change; but we can and should be changing how we present the gospel. Read more
Most of us can regurgitate Christianese taught in church, but what is not always easy is engaging in deeper, spiritual conversations.
Sometimes we tend to listen just long enough to find a point in the conversation where we can interject with our own ideas. But conversation with our children, family, & friends requires attentive listening, as well as thought-filled answers. Read more
From the Grave: A 40-Day Lent Devotional features selections from the works of A.W. Tozer. With its simple format, this new devotional adapts easily into a daily routine. Each day starts with a short Scripture verse followed by words of inspiration on topics such as suffering, discipleship, obedience to Christ, etc. Read more
It’s no secret—humans crave love, even to the point of creating a holiday to celebrate it. A holiday where, per the National Retail Federation, American spending soared to 19.7 billion dollars last year!
Just what are we spending our dollars on? Jewelry, an evening out, and flowers are the big-ticket items.
As 2016 came to an end, several of us found ourselves grieving over the harsh realities of our fallen world — mass shootings, Zika, civil unrest, terror attacks, Aleppo, corruption in politics, the refugee crisis in Europe, and lives over far too quickly.
To sum it all up one woman made a “dumpster fire ornament” and tweeted “Dear 2016: I made you this ornament. It’s a dumpster fire.” People identified with her sentiments, and it went viral. Read more