Archive for September, 2015

Getting Bigger

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Could our church be bigger?  Could our school be bigger?  Would we be more successful, a better church and a better school, because we are bigger?  We were bigger both as a church and as a school at one time – much bigger.  We enacted purposeful changes, doing things consciously differently, that made us or […]

What Is Preaching?

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

What is preaching? In 1 Corinthians 1:21, the Apostle Paul wrote, “[I]t pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” The Greek word translated “preaching” speaks of the substance of the message. God uses the substance of what is said. Preaching isn’t a style. What is that substance though? It’s what […]

God’s Fairness

Friday, September 11th, 2015

This week I gave some thought to a top reason for rejection of salvation—the unfairness of God.  This surfaces in two areas: (1) people who apparently have never heard, and (2) the problem of evil or suffering.  People argue they’re justified in rejecting the Bible because it excludes those who’ve never heard about Jesus Christ […]

Assurance of Salvation

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Salvation is by grace through faith alone, and that only authentic grace saves from sin and unto righteousness.  When someone is saved, his life will produce the fruit of good works, which is what salvation looks like.  So much is accomplished through that salvation, including the purpose of man’s existence, God’s glory and pleasure.  We […]