Sad•du•cees

Like the Pharisees, the Sadducees were a Jewish religious and political party that existed during the life of Christ and the beginnings of the early church but disappeared soon afterwards. If we know little for certain about the Pharisees, we know even less about the Sadducees. We know, from the accounts given in the Gospel…

No Room in the Inn

I used to shake my head at the Israelites who complained about bitter water just after they watched God deliver them from the strongest nation in their world. I also thought proudly that, if I had lived in the little town of Bethlehem, I would have given up not just a room but my entire…

And I Quote… December 12

And-I-QuoteWhen Christians unite around something other than the gospel, they create community that would likely exist even if God didn’t. As a modern-day tower of Babel, that community glorifies their strength instead of God’s.

Mark Dever & Jamie Dunlop, The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive, (Crossway, 2015), 23

Un-Ambiguous Praise

Love is a wonderful thing—on that point almost everyone agrees. Yet this wonderful word called “love” has been assigned a bewildering variety of meanings. The Beatles famously asserted that, “all you need is love.” Countless young couples have allowed their passionate “love” for each other to override what was once an unshakeable commitment to purity.…

And I Quote… December 5

As the goldfish swimming in the bowl is unaware of the temperature and taste of the water in which he swims, so often the most powerfully formative forces of our societies and cultures are those with which we are so familiar as to be functionally unaware of how they shape our thinking, even our thinking…