Christmas Movie Lessons: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,

At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,

When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,

And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Over the years, I’ve come to see Christmas in a new light. Magical to me as a child. Mixed feelings during parts of my adulthood. Now, a time of hope and waiting.

The people of God have long been familiar with the concept of waiting. After the prophet Malachi concluded his message from the Lord, it was 400 years before the advent of Jesus the Messiah. Read more

3 Things the Life of Daniel Teaches us about Troubled Times

From foreign rulers invading his home to keeping company with lions, the life of Daniel showcases God’s sovereign control. As the book of Daniel begins, King Nebuchadnezzar besieges Jerusalem and takes many of the young men back to Babylon, including Daniel.

Fast forward a few thousand years and we may not all face lions or invasion, but we do still struggle with a chaotic world.

How can believers learn from Daniel’s actions? Read more

What Christ’s Incarnation Means for Today

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While rereading the Christmas story, I’ve considered current events. The first Christmas wasn’t a pretty time either.

When the King of Heaven poured Himself into the womb of a virgin, He didn’t choose the richest mother. He chose a young girl whom Scripture suggests was among the poorest of the poor in Israel. A girl from Nazareth, the town where it was said “Nothing good comes out.” Read more

God’s Glory Found in Nature & Poetry

leaf_cropWhen the Old Testament speaks of God’s glory, it usually refers to a visible manifestation of God. For example, the stories of the tabernacle in Exodus or of Ezekiel’s vision of the temple, both expressing God’s intent to dwell among men.

But it’s also related to God’s self-disclosure to humanity. For example, the psalmist wrote, “The Heavens declare the glory of God” (19:1). Read more

Birthday Reflections on Time

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“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) 

Time’s a funny thing. We who keep close track of our age, and even the number of months of a baby’s life, may lose track of the time we spend perusing Pinterest or checking our newsfeed.

It’s not hard to track how many days have passed. But ideally our tracking should serve a purpose–gaining a heart of wisdom. Spurgeon puts it this way:

“Numeration is a child’s exercise in arithmetic, but in order to number their days aright the best of men need the Lord’s teaching.”

Why gain wisdom? To know best how to spend the gift of time. To God be the glory!

How to Understand 1 Timothy 2:11-12

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In yesterday’s post, I took a look at how a few different Bible versions translate 1 Timothy 2:11–12. They all had subtle differences partly due to the fact that it’s a challenging passage to translate and perhaps also due to the fact that there are several strong opinions on what this verse means.

Let’s take a closer look at these verses. For sake of simplifying the discussion, I’ll use the ESV text: “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” Read more

Comparing Various Bible Translations for 1 Timothy 2:11–12

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In my last post, I talked about how comparing various Bible translations can help show us areas where there may be disagreement between scholars.

The second chapter of 1 Timothy is probably one of the hardest passages to translate in the New Testament. Let’s look specifically at 1 Timothy 2:11–12. Read more

What is the Best English Bible Translation?

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Browse online or walk into most any Christian bookstore and you’ll see a cornucopia of Bibles and accessories—Amplified Bibles, Audio Bibles, Study Bibles, Parallel Bibles, and a whole host of versions. We often ask, “Which is the best?”

Yet, I don’t think that’s the right question to be asking. Or at best, it’s a trick question. For one thing, different options will suit some better than others. And secondly, I don’t think anyone should stick to just one option. Why?  Read more

4 Reasons to Re-Evaluate Your Scheduled Devotion Time

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I vividly remember one of my childhood Sunday School teachers talking to my class about our time spent with God. “When is the best time of day to do your devotions?” she asked.

After quickly raising my hand, I replied, “Whatever time works best for you.”

“No, that is not correct,” she said. “The best time is the morning. You should start your day with God.” Read more