My assessment of some terrible counseling experiences people have endured is that what they encountered in essence was not biblical counseling, but what I think would be better described as "biblicist counseling." What is the difference between biblical and biblicist counseling?Read More
The gladiatorial games and the violence of the Roman Coliseum were ordinary, mundane, everyday events; yet, Christians like Augustine saw through the façade to identify their evil nature. What in our own culture looks ordinary and mundane, yet, at its core, pulsates with the demonic?Read More
The wise are prudent and humble, but the wicked must always be the center of attention. As face-to-face interaction and phone calls become less common, it is especially important to be careful with how we convey our thoughts. What does the Bible have to say about our communication with each other?Read More
In my time as a pastor I regularly encountered people who were in dire straits—unemployed, homeless, struggling with addiction, and the like. We should always seek to help the needy, but we must be wise in how we assist people.Read More
The single most pressing question I hear is: “How can I know God’s will?” Who knows how many books have been written (and that will be written) to try to answer this question? The good news is that the secret of knowing God’s will is right in front of us.Read More
Do you know unmarried couples who attend church, have consensual sex, and may even live together? According to a study by the Barna Group, of the 65 percent of American adults who are okay with cohabitation, a good number of them identify themselves as Christians. What does the Bible have to say about sex before marriage?Read More
Works are what we do—our actions. But what does it mean if we add “good” to works? What makes a work good enough for God?Read More
Seeing two people arm in arm always gives me joy. Unlike the kiss, it doesn’t exclude others. Unlike an embrace, it doesn’t prevent you walking along together. In Proverbs 3:5-6, we hear Jesus call us to walk arm in arm with him through every path of life.Read More
It may be lawful, but is it wise? Is God’s wisdom simply a form of law? What is the difference between law and wisdom in the Bible and how are they related to each other?Read More
We all come into marriage with a bit of baggage, whether we like to admit it or not. Paul’s call in Romans 15 to live in harmony and glorify God together with one voice involves something deeper happening in our hearts and minds first. Here are three ways the gospel brings harmony to your marriage.
Wisdom repels evil, pride, arrogance, and perverse speech. At the end of the day, a person’s contribution to the world, their society, and their friends and family will be determined not by their intelligence per se, but by their wisdom and goodness. Here’s why wisdom is far more valuable than intelligence.Read More
Vice President Mike Pence does not dine alone with a woman other than his wife; nor does he attend events where alcohol is served without his wife by his side. These guidelines are now known as the Pence rule (also called the Billy Graham rule). Here are five biblical reasons why the Pence rule shows wisdom.