Category Archives: D. A. Carson

Blessed are the persecuted?


Here are people declared by our Lord to be “blessed” when they are insulted, persecuted and falsely maligned with all kinds of evil against them. How unusual for them to be commanded to, “Rejoice and be glad!”
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Don’t waste your ministry

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces” (Matthew 7:6). These are strong and difficult words … Continue reading

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Confused about God in a world of suffering

In our efforts to understand how God relates to the evil actions of humans (or even to His own acts of judgment), we must make some important distinctions concerning God’s will. Continue reading

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Scene 5 – Life at the family reunion

These words reveal the stronger and deeper commitment that held Joseph through all his dark, confusing and painful years. Continue reading

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God’s primary work on earth

God’s purpose on earth today is to build a visible, united body of believers called the body of Christ, or the Church. The way we align ourselves with it is on the local level. Continue reading

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Who will live forever in the dwelling place of God?

_ Do we have any way to know who will be in heaven? Who will live forever in the dwelling place of God – with their Creator and Redeemer? It seems far too easy (and perhaps less disturbing) to attach our … Continue reading

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When bad things happen

Imagine God appearing to you on New Year’s Eve to tell you that nothing bad will happen to you in the coming year.  A great sense of relief would come over you each time you felt the pull of anxiety about anything bad happening. You could … Continue reading

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Since Christ died for all …

Reflect on the text: “Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no … Continue reading

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Hellbound?

I have become increasingly uncomfortable answering difficult questions isolated from the necessary context surrounding them. Consider, for example, the questions being asked about the nature of hell in an upcoming documentary “Hellbound?“ Without revealing his personal views, Kevin Miller explores different … Continue reading

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They still want to know what it means

Postmodern concern for plurality, diversity and tolerance have not led to a more stable and secure society. Instead, the postmodern era exchanged one misguided mood for another. Postmodernity was fueled by a shift from the human optimism of modernity (based on scientific certainty and technological progress), to a pessimistic mood of skepticism and uncertainty. Continue reading

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