A Look at the Unity of Isaiah: God’s Case Against the Idols

Until the late eighteenth-century A.D., the overwhelming majority of Jewish and Christian interpreters believed that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, who ministered in Jerusalem during the eighth century B.C., authored the entire book that bears his name. However, Ger... Read More »

Fatherhood – The Least Understood Profession

Most humans seem to perceive fatherhood as having exhausted itself at the end of a moment of intimacy with a member of the opposite gender. The male member of the species bows out since the conception inside the woman’s womb is thought to be “part ... Read More »

Remembering the Value of the Individual

The Southern Baptist Convention begins meeting today (June 13). During the next two days, messengers representing 46,793 churches with 15.3 million members[1] will make important decisions, hear reports about our work, worship together, and fellowship. These t... Read More »

Confronting the World with Christian Affections

Jonathan Edwards, the extraordinary evangelist of the Great Awakening, wrote the classic book A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections in 1746. This amazing manuscript instructs how the presence of “True Christian Affections” in the life of a Christian w... Read More »

Teenagers, Competitions and the Sabbath

A youth pastor told me he was missing some of his core teenagers on Easter Sunday morning. They were playing in a school volleyball tournament. How did our culture come to this? Plenty of parents take zero interest in their children and their activities. Youth... Read More »

Don’t Judge Me!

Standing for biblical truth elicits many negative responses from those outside the church as well as from some within. This is not surprising since Jesus told His disciples that they would be hated on account of Him (John 15:18-19, 1 John 3:13). While we may s... Read More »

Death at Work in Us

Grief in the Shadows Recently, I visited my childhood home to attend the funeral of my dear aunt, a quiet and meek servant of Christ. She passed away at 53. You know the questions that come after such a parting, the ones that race in your mind without a checke... Read More »

Mother’s Day – Ownership or Stewardship

One of the challenges in raising children from a biblical perspective is to navigate the difference between ownership and stewardship. I am the eldest of four boys, and my mother told us of a crisis of faith she faced when we all began to express a call to the... Read More »

Apologetics in Service of the Gospel

It is sometimes said that apologetics is a waste of time because no one comes to Christ through apologetics. You can’t, after all, argue someone into the Kingdom. Now, it may come as a bit of a shock, but I (being a professor of apologetics) actually agree t... Read More »

The Forgotten Value of Time with Our Children

Last week, I took my 10-year-old daughter to a baseball game. It was just the two of us. Our other three children were home with my wife. For nearly four hours, we spent time together in the car and at the stadium. My phone mostly stayed in my pocket (except f... Read More »