David Garner
At the memorial service of a dear friend of mine nearly 20 years ago, a sibling of the deceased stood up and affirmed his brother's integrity. "Mark believed the gospel and he lived the gospel. What you saw in public, I saw in private. Mark did not lead two lives, but only one. He loved...Continue reading.
David Garner
Golden statues, empty rituals, and corrupting bondage. Many conceptions flood our minds when we hear the word "idolatry." We envision everything from crass idol worship to sophisticated religions like Hinduism, Shintoism, Animism, and even Islam...Continue reading.
David Garner
Idolatry lacks nuance. It knows no degrees, and before a jealous God, delivers no passable excuses, no matter how sophisticated they may sound. No one is sort-of guilty of idolatry; no one is guilty of sort-of idolatry.Continue reading.
David Garner
As believers in the one true God, we know that idolatry is wrong. We know God hates it. We know first two of the Ten Commandments explicitly demand exclusive worship of the one true God. We even know that idolatry is not merely worshiping a false god, but even worshiping the true God by our own...Continue reading.
David Garner
Writing the Pastoral Epistles, the Apostle Paul makes "godliness" (Greek, eusebeia) primary. Some have perceived here a theologically incompatible, and hardly "pastoral," fixation. It might sound strange to hear the apostle of grace making such a big deal about our godliness,...Continue reading.
David Garner
Promises. We've received them, and we have made them. We have trusted others and been entrusted by others. We have suffered let downs; and we have let others down-probably more frequently than we would care to admit. With vacuous words, we speak either to ourselves or openly to surrounding...Continue reading.
David Garner
Lost on many is that by turning the incarnation into a model of ministry, we forfeit the real import of the incarnation itself.4 The emulation interpretation or application of the incarnation robs it of its integrity. Turning the incarnation into our task rather than a redemptively critical,...Continue reading.
David Garner
The Apostle Paul exhorts the church: "giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:20). Ripped out of its theological context, such an appeal would clang like a hammer upon a steely heart. But Paul's exhortation springs...Continue reading.
David Garner
We conclude with a reminder of our opening questions. Rejecting the closed circle of human reason, we have exposed an entirely different Source for understanding ultimate questions. The answers to such questions come not from within (by human ingenuity), but from without (by divine intervention)...Continue reading.
David Garner
The questions of life plague our souls, shake us mercilessly, and even cast us into a tailspin of desperation. Into this chaos, we have considered a universally pressing question, drawing upon a booklet entitled, How Can We Know For Sure? Continue reading.

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