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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Studying the Bible

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Studying the Bible

1. We don't let the Bible speak for itself. It is a common mistake to ask the wrong questions when reading the Bible. Rather than asking "Who am I?" and "What should I do?," Jen Wilkin, author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, suggests asking "Who is God?" and "What has he done?" The Bible is a book that boldly and clearly reveals who God is on every page. In Genesis, it does this by placing God as the subject of the creation narrative. In
7 Good Reasons to Leave a Church

7 Good Reasons to Leave a Church

Discerning the Good from the Bad In our consumer society, where prevailing wisdom says we should be loyal to products or brands only insofar as our needs and tastes are satisfied, it can be easy for churchgoers to have a very low threshold for leaving a church. The preaching loses some luster. The children’s ministry isn’t as fun as it could be. The worship leader’s hairstyle becomes bothersome. There are lots of bad reasons for leaving a church. But what are some legitimate reasons for lea
Why We Should Not Fear Satan and Demons

Why We Should Not Fear Satan and Demons

Are Demons in the World Today? Why do demons sometimes receive so much attention from the media? Are the reports biblically correct, or are they just the musings of uninformed people who see a demon behind every bush and under every rock? Has demon activity accelerated in the world? How can one know which concepts are biblically accurate and which are not? This subject deserves a full-length book, but it will only be summarized here. Consider several preliminary, general observations:
10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics

1. Christian ethics teaches us how to live. Christian ethics asks what the whole Bible teaches us about which acts, attitudes, and personal character traits receive God’s approval and which ones do not. This means that Christian ethics teaches us how to live. It is important to study Christian ethics so that we can better know God’s will, and so that each day we can “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” (Col. 1:10). 2. The ultimate basis for Christian ethics
What Did Jesus Teach about Homosexuality?

What Did Jesus Teach about Homosexuality?

Silence Equals Support? In a 2012 article for Slate online, Will Oremus asked a provocative question: Was Jesus a homophobe?1 The article was occasioned by a story about a gay teenager in Ohio who was suing his high school after school officials prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt that said, “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.” Oremus was less concerned about the legal issues of the story than he was about the accuracy of the statement on the shirt. Oremus suggests that Jesus’s views on
10 Things You Should Know about Evangelism

10 Things You Should Know about Evangelism

1. Our evangelistic efforts must stem from a biblical understanding of evangelism. There are so many ways to go wrong in evangelism—impulses of fear on the one side, vain ambition on the other—that if we do not nail down a truly biblical understanding, we will quickly veer off course. So we start by understanding that biblical evangelism is teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade. 2. Evangelism is often the label given to things that are not evangelism. Is sharing your testim
10 Things You Should Know about Sex

10 Things You Should Know about Sex

1. Sex is God's good creation. God in his great wisdom, for his glory and our good, has chosen to place us in a world where sex is a significant part of the human experience. The issue of sex is important and unavoidable because God, in wisdom and love, chose it to be. Because sex is the creation of God’s hand and exists under the control of his sovereignty, we should approach it with reverence and awe, not with embarrassment and timidity. Sex came from him, belongs to him, and continu
How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

Trust Issues Here’s what happens in times of suffering. When the thing you have been trusting (whether you knew it or not) is laid to waste, you don’t suffer just the loss of that thing; you also suffer the loss of the identity and security that it provided. This may not make sense to you if right now you are going through something that you wouldn’t have planned for yourself, but the weakness that is now a part of my regular life has been a huge instrument of God’s grace (see 2 Cor. 12:9.)
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