True Freedom

Deering DyerChristianity1 Comment

am indeed thankful to live in the United States. I’m thankful for the men who some 241 years ago pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the cause of liberty over tyranny. I’m thankful for those who continue to labor and fight for freedom’s promise. Although, when I ponder my American citizenship I’m reminded by Scripture that I am only a sojourner in this land. My true citizenship belongs to the Kingdom of Christ and is my first priority. Hebrews 13:14 says, “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” The truth is, no government or political organization can grant, negotiate, purchase or facilitate true freedom. True freedom is only granted … Read More

Why Matthew is the Best Book in the Bible

Nate PickowiczChristianity, Series: Best Book in the Bible1 Comment

here is no greater aspiration for the Christian believer than to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only is He our Savior, but He is our God and King. And while all of Scripture points to Christ, it is the Gospels that give us the most complete biographical accounts of His life on earth. Because of its focus on the rich teaching ministry of Jesus, for many, Matthew is the best book in the Bible. Main theme: Jesus Christ: Messiah & King Favorite verses: “For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” … Read More

Book Review: The Pastor as Public Theologian

Nate PickowiczBook Reviews, Christianity1 Comment

remember getting into a theological discussion with a pastor one time, and at the end of our kerfuffle, he looked at me and asked, “If you had the choice, would you rather pastor a church or teach in a seminary?” I’ll never forget his puzzled look when I responded, “Pastor a church.” Because of my intrigue with theological discourse, he simply assumed that standing in front of a group of budding seminarians would best suit me, and couldn’t fathom why I would want to do the messy, non-glamorous work of pastoral ministry. For many today, the general assumption is that brainy, theologically-minded scholars belong in the academy, while rugged, servant-oriented pastors belong in the churches. However, this distinction is a … Read More

NIAW ’17: Sometimes There’s Never a Pregnancy

Rachel WilliamsChristianity0 Comments

have to be honest. Sometimes, one of the hardest aspects of infertility as a follower of Christ are the seemingly endless articles that go like this: “I can’t get pregnant. So I prayed really, really hard. And I asked my pastor/preacher/teacher/friend/husband/mentor to pray over me. And now my little bundle of joy is playing at my feet while I try to figure out the cutest way to announce baby #2 is on the way. Tee hee.” Or the women in churches who have had five children, and still claim to be infertile. If you have popped out five kids in less than eight years, you aren’t infertile. Or the pastors and well-meaning teachers who continually say, “Just keep praying, and … Read More

It Is Not Supposed to Be This Way

Deering DyerChristianity0 Comments

Matthew 27:57-66; Psalm 3:1-8 eath is an enemy, the ultimate antagonist that seems as if it will eventually claim victory over each of us. However, the truth remains, it isn’t supposed to be this way. Yes, death is a part of life marked by the fall, however, we should never believe the lie that this is how it was meant to be. I am certain that you have felt the sting of death in your life. Some of us are acutely aware of the pain of loss. I have experienced the evaporation of dreams and watched future plans crumble before me when my first wife of 17 years suddenly died leaving me not only a widower, but a single dad … Read More

Book Review: The Prodigal Church by Jared C. Wilson

Nate PickowiczBook Reviews, Christianity4 Comments

ared C. Wilson has written the book I’ve wanted to write for 10 years, but didn’t know where to begin. The problem is so large, so complicated, so involved, with too many emotions woven into it. For me, I’ve struggled with frustration, bitterness, sorrow, even despair over what I experienced, as well as with what I know countless other Christians have experienced—being chewed through the gears of the seeker/attractional church movement. Wilson faces this giant head-on in The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo. Frankly, the book is so honest, so direct, so revealing, that I couldn’t put it down. I found myself hunched over, highlighter in hand, repeating phrases like, “Yes!” and “Thank you” and “Spot … Read More

Walking Through Ephesians: A Devotional (Part 1A)

Kofi Adu-BoahenChristianity, Series: Walking Through Ephesians1 Comment

magine a city with me for a moment. It’s a prestigious, major world capital. Being a bustling financial centre means it is quite a wealthy city as well. To throw something else into the mix, there are all kinds of spirituality on tap in this very pluralistic society. By God’s providence, you have the opportunity to write one letter – what do you write? I think if Paul were to write a letter to the Church in London, England (where I call home) in 2016, he’d probably write a little something like Ephesians and I imagine most cities and towns where my readers live would be little different. This is the first in a series of devotional expositions in Paul’s letter to … Read More

Andy Stanley’s Statements about the Bible are not Cutting Edge—They’re Old Liberalism

Landon ChapmanChristianity10 Comments

was at the recent ERLC Onward Conference listening when Russell Moore was having a conversation about ministry and preaching with Andy Stanley. I was startled when Stanley said he preaches some sermons without ever quoting the Bible. He views these sermons as extended introductions. Stanley also said we do not believe Christianity because of the Bible, but because of the resurrection and eyewitness testimonies. A couple of years ago, Stanley said that preachers should stop saying, “The Bible says,” a position he reaffirmed during the conversation (Link). I have criticized some of Stanley’s position in the past but I’ve also long admired many things about Andy Stanley’s ministry. I was trying to give him a generous hearing, perhaps I thought, … Read More

Are You Occupied With The Word?

Deering DyerChristianity0 Comments

ave you ever been so occupied by something you were completely immersed in the task or activity? So involved that your thoughts and actions were totally compelled by the endeavor? Such things are usually good and important things involving family, church, hobbies, and careers. During these fast-paced times and packed-out calendars it is no secret that our attention is commanded and occupied in many different ways. As I was reading in Acts 18 one morning this week, my eyes rested on this verse: When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus (Acts 18:5 ESV). After reading this I had to stop and search my heart. When … Read More

Why Obadiah is the Best Book in the Bible

Nate PickowiczChristianity, Series: Best Book in the Bible1 Comment

here are times when the justice of God seems slow. When others hurt us, and then seem to carry on without remorse, we tend to wonder, “Why, Lord?” Like the psalmist, we ask, “Why do the wicked prosper?” Israel had many enemies, yet none was as traitorous as Edom. However, the Lord is not slow to act in His good time. The prophet Obadiah tells of the coming judgment of a people who wrongfully rejoiced in Israel’s sufferings. Main Themes: The Judgment of Edom Favorite verses: “’For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations, as you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.’” (Obadiah 15)