Category Archives: Depravity

Total depravity?

Caution is warranted on articulating a doctrine of human depravity from the wrong starting point. Continue reading

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Three kinds of people in the world

any merely twofold division of the world into good and bad is disastrous. It overlooks the fact that the members of the second class (to which most of us belong) are always and necessarily… Continue reading

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Deep confession of sin

Here is an opportunity to find and celebrate the mercy and grace of our God at a much deeper level. Continue reading

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What about Cain?

What do we learn about the sin nature from Cain? For all that has been written about the fall of humanity, very little is focused on Cain. Check the major works of theology on this theme and you won’t find substantive consideration of Cain. Why is this? Continue reading

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Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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Seven considerations before talking about marriage, sexuality and gender

Seven foundational truths for discussing marriage, sexuality and gender. Continue reading

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Why do I feel so torn?

If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. Continue reading

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Troubled dust, but dust that dreams

Rest securely and confidently in what God has done for you in Christ! And remind yourself often that…. Continue reading

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Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. 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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