Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

When wickedness is rampant, we wonder why God doesn’t stop it. We look around at our world today and wonder, “Why would God allow those terrorists to do what they did?” or “Why would God allow that injustice?” or “Why does God permit these things to happen?” God is fully aware of what is happening. First he reveals his grace before he brings his judgment. The Old Testament book of Genesis begins with the story of the Garden of Eden, . . . read more ›

Unlikely Champions of the Bible

When people write their autobiographies, you can always be sure they will leave out most of their shortcomings. Then you might see an unauthorized biography being published about the same person, and you think, “This will be juicy.” You want to know the untold story. The Bible is honest. It gives us its heroes, warts and all. That is not to discourage us but to give us hope that God can use people just like you and me. God takes . . . read more ›

Thoughts and Prayers: What the Bible and Jesus Really Say About Pain

The phrase “Thoughts and prayers for those in #sutherlandsprings” is something you will see a lot of on Twitter and other social media from well-meaning people who do not really know what to say when tragedy, like the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs happens. One cynical actor tweeted, in response to the prayers tweeted by House speaker Paul Ryan “The murdered victims were in a Church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive”. Then he went . . . read more ›

Some Theology Without Apology

Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, sparking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Pastor Erwin Lutzer said of the Reformation, “Many of us believe that it is, by all accounts, the most important recovery of the gospel since the days of the New Testament. … We have to rediscover these same truths if we want our own churches to be all they can be for . . . read more ›

Why Integrity Matters

What is integrity? It’s really the same as having character. D.L. Moody defined integrity as what you are in the dark. In other words, integrity is who we are when there is no one around to impress. It’s the real us. Humorist Will Rogers once said, “So live that you would not mind selling your pet parrot to the town gossip.” That’s the idea of integrity. Personal character and integrity is something we develop on a daily basis. With every . . . read more ›