When God Ran

If sin is crouching at our door, as Genesis says, then we need to see it clearly and understand its truly horrible consequences and effects in our lives. Then, we need to see the response of judgment, and of mercy, that our sin causes in God.

Who To Blame In a World Full of Victims

With the breaking of all things in the fall of mankind, there immediately came blame-shifting, accusation, and a victim mentality – all things that continue today. In the gospel, we are called to get our eyes off of ourselves and finally find where the blame should really be.

Echoes of the Fall

The day that Adam and Eve sinned was the darkest day in all of human history • the real day when all of creation, everything good that God created, was broken and became fallen, and the day that mankind became separated from his Creator. Everything changed; nothing was unaffected. We need to look clearly at the effects of what fell and what was lost. We need to feel the longing for restoration. And we need to hear the promise of Christ to undo what we broke.

Attacking God’s Word – Then and Now

The fall into sin expressed an outright rebellion and rejection from man the creature toward God his Creator. But even before the actual fall, doubt began to fill the minds of the man and the woman • doubt that God was as good as He said that He was, and doubt that His word could be fully trusted. It is a doubt we all carry with us to this day.

Finding the Truth About One Love (part 2)

The issue of homosexuality, and especially how it should or should not be connected to marriage, is one of the greatest controversies in our society and our world today. As Christians, we can struggle with the gap between what we believe God’s word says is true • and the reality that the world will often hear our position as unloving, intolerant, and judgmental. How do we declare the gospel to the world in this issue, and to ourselves in our own sin, and how do we find the sufficiency of God’s grace in an area in which we can feel so confused.

The Way Marriage Was Meant to Be

Marriage is under severe attack today – from outside by the culture, and from within our own sinful hearts. Because of the profound mystery marriage is meant to reflect, it empties us of ourselves and unites us to something far more glorious and more beautiful. And it is for that very reason that it is so contrary to our natural selves and our natural way of living.

The Rest of the Story

We live in a culture filled with pressure to perform, to work harder, and to do just a little more. There is healthiness and godliness in a strong work ethic. But there is also a pattern, set by the Lord Himself, of knowing when to say, “Enough,” and finding the freedom to rest in what He has done for us.

Green Before Green Was Cool

It is common and in vogue today to talk about what we should do to “save the planet.” But only Christians have the real context and reason for such concerns. It is in the gospel that we have the full and true story • that God created a perfect world, a world that we broke but that He is restoring, and as those who bear His image, we are to be part of that story, that redemption, and that care for what He has created.

Imagining Imago

Of what value is a person? Is a human (old or young) of any greater or special value compared to a dog, or a whale, or a baby seal? And is that value simply arbitrary, bestowed (or removed) according to our whims, or is there a more lasting and a greater source for the value and worth of mankind?