Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times

The Greatest Town Ever: Christmas, Sports, and the Highest Honor

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Bethlehem by Vasily Polenov (1882) Theologians generally have little to say about sports because frankly, we know virtually nothing about sports in ancient Israel. The Bible makes no mention of any sporting competitions that may have taken place. Even so, I’m going to reveal a hidden connection between sports and the Bible, and even between […]

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The Best Way to Help the Poor

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Debt-Free Money Will Help Us All (& Why Libertarian “Solutions” Won’t Work)   Christians have a duty to help the poor since this is a biblical mandate (Dt. 15:7-11). Unfortunately, no matter how generous we may be, we’re caught in a losing battle when the even the middle class keeps getting poorer. If you have […]

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Why We Need Bible Poetry

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Illustration by William Blake; Edited to include Psalms cover page In my last post, I made the case that God needs us. You may want to read that if you haven’t already. In any case, I will briefly explain what that had to do with Bible poetry, and how it led to this post. Whether […]

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Does God Need Man?

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A foundational truth of the Christian faith is that people need God. We desperately need Him because He is our Creator, Savior, and much more. He is the Provider of all good things. You’ve likely been taught that God is self-sufficient in every possible way, and therefore has no need of Man.  However, is it possible that […]

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How to Witness as a Winner

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As we go into the world as Christ’s witnesses, we should do so as winners. After all, nobody wants to be like someone who is caught up in their own problems, living a life of dejection and defeat. Jesus described His message as “good news,” and He called us to be “overcomers” (Rev. 2-3). The […]

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Your Role in God’s Plan of Salvation (Infographic)

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  One of the most important questions anyone can ask is, “What part must I play in God’s plan of salvation?” This is essentially the question that people asked after they heard Peter preach on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:37). Salvation is a miraculous work of God, but that doesn’t mean we can simply […]

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Biblical Literalism is Irrelevant and Impotent

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Nebuchadnezzar by William Blake In a previous article, How to Study the Bible, I suggested some principles for us to keep in mind as we study God’s Word. The only statement I made that might be controversial is that under principle #1 I said we should not bring a literal bias to the text. Many […]

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How to Study the Bible: 13 Principles

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One of the most important skills that anyone can have is that of knowing how to study the Bible. Every Christian who is able to read and study the Bible should do so. The people of Berea tested Paul’s teachings against the Scriptures (Acts 17:11). We should also study the Bible for ourselves, for the […]

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God’s Dominion and Christ’s Kingdom

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If you believe that Jesus is establishing His kingdom on the earth, you should be careful who you tell. Some Christians might stare at you as if you have two heads. They may assume that you’re an imbecile who wants to forcibly overthrow the government and replace it with a Christian regime. They may even […]

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How to Witness Without Compromise

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Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. Photo by archer10@Flickr This is a companion article to “How to Respond to Haters as a Christian.” That article was primarily about creating a favorable context for sharing the gospel. I was motivated to write it because I see too many Christians causing offense for the wrong reasons. As I explained, we […]

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