Eleven Appearances of Jesus

In an effort to make our faith secure, Jesus appeared to his disciples on eleven distinct occasions. Here they are: 1. Mary Magdalene alone (Mk 16; Jn 20.14) 2. The woman returning from the tomb (Mt 28.9-10) 3. Simon Peter alone (Lk 24.34) 4. Two disciples on the way...

A Challenge to My Expositional Preaching Friends

I am convinced that expositional preaching should be the steady diet in the local church. I think it helps people read their Bibles well (if preached well!), unfolds the storyline of the exegeted book better, rounds out the jagged edges of a preacher’s hobby...

Better than Solomon

“Something greater than Solomon is here!” (Jesus; Matt 12.42; NET Bible) This past Sunday a brother was leading Sunday School through the book of 1Kings 8–Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the Temple. Our time was spent in breaking the prayer...

The Bible is Beautifully Consistent

Lately there has been some buzz about a graphic that appears to magnify contradictions and inconsistencies in the Bible. Most people who have a proclivity to disregard the Bible will glance at it and wag their heads in approval. The challenge to be thoughtful and not...

Oh! The Depth of My Depravity

The longer we walk with the Lord, the further we realize we have to go. When I first started living as a Christian about 12 years ago, I thought I would be uber-sanctified. I thought the struggles I wrestled with then would be over and I would be aglow with holiness....