Seeing the Stumbling Blocks

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.—Psalm 119:65 What does this verse mean? Does it really promise that, if we only love the law of God enough, nothing will ever frustrate or offend us? I’ve heard that said—seriously or in jest, often by someone who was at the same…

Long Range Faithfulness

We live in a world that is full of errror. From social media to the break room, we are bombarded with falsehoods and half truths, even from professing believers. We are constantly being tempted to abandon the truth for error in one form or another. Standing faithfully comes at a cost—and it is to the…

Rock and Gold | Part Two

This is part two of this article. To read the first part, please click here. In evaluating books therefore, we must take three things into account. The first thing you must consider is yourself. The value of a book to you is the value that you, with your experience and background knowledge can gain from…

Rock and Gold | Part One

Of the making of books in our day there is certainly no end—Solomon’s dictum has never been more relevant. No matter how convinced you are of the value of reading you will never be able to read it all—and even if you could, you shouldn’t. Not all books are worth reading. Leaving aside the positively…

Puzzling the Pieces

All writing is selective. No matter how many pages of prose an editing allergic academic manages to cram into an oversized tome, there will always remain aspects of the story that have been left out. If a book is well written, the inclusion or exclusion of a particular aspect of the story will be driven…

Flirting with Bubbles

Children enjoy blowing bubbles, and parents are thankful because bubbles are relatively inexpensive, clean, and safe. Yes, there is the occasional stray bubble that splashes soap into someone’s eye and requires a bit of attention, but bubbles usually don’t present any imminent dangers. Young adults like to play with bubbles too. But these bubbles are…

The Good News of the Gospel

Almost 2000 years ago a man named Jesus came from the wilderness with a startling message. He told everyone who would listen, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Even though it was first delivered long ago and far away, that message remains at…

Pinterest Boards and Ayah Lists

Why bother to interpret the Bible? If the Holy Spirit is really the One that guides us into truth, what is the point of a formal process of interpretation? Doesn’t it just get in the way? Why worry about the “original inspired meaning of a passage”? Why not just read and let the Spirit speak…

Tune My Heart

Just as an instrument that is played out of tune is a very unpleasant sound in the ears of others, so a heart that worships God out of tune is a very unpleasant sound in the ears of God. In Psalm 86:11 David prays, “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy…

Of Cakes and Commentaries

All of us know that mastery of the basics, in any area of life, is fundamental to success. If you want to bake an edible cake, you will never get away from the need to select the proper ingredients, measure them in the correct proportion and then add them in the right order. No matter…