Christward Collective

Christward Collective

Knowledge and wisdom can often be the keys to success in many of our life endeavors. However, it’s not uncommon for modern intellectuals to put too much stock in wisdom and knowledge––making knowledge out to be the ultimate solution to every human problem. In Ecclesiastes 1.12-18, Solomon teaches...
Every time a noun form of the word for “deacon” (vv. 8 and 12) or a participial form (v. 13) is used in 1 Timothy 3 it is always masculine and plural. When Paul talks about overseers he refers to them in the masculine gender. He does the same thing for deacons.
The Song of Songs has been subjected to more interpretative attempts than almost any other book in the Old Testament. There are numerous reasons for the widespread disagreement about the Song: the poetic nature, the symbolic language, the interaction of the multiplicity of characters, the sexual...
The Peacemaker
A true peacemaker longs for peace, prays for peace, works for peace, and sacrifices for peace, but the realization of peace may never come.
I have, for the first time, finally read through David Brainerd's Diary . I'm not sure why it took me this long to get around to it. I now understand why this man, who lived such a short life, has had such an enormous impact on the church and the world of missions. Consider a few of the...
This was probably a familiar scenario either when you were a child or now as an adult. Some instruction has been given by an authority. Let’s say, for example, “Do not eat the cookies.” The cookies look really tasty. They smell fantastic. And you really really want one. Likely,...
A few years ago, at the start of a new school year, I announced to the kids that we would be memorizing the book of James. “The whole book?” one son asked, eyes wide with surprise. “That’s the goal,” I responded. “Impossible!” he declared. Up to that point...
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“ Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Matt. 1:23, NASB, 1977) These are the words of Matthew immediately after he wrote, “Now all this took place that what was...
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My car was in the shop this week to fix an evolving A/C apocalypse. When the work was finished, a kind mechanic from the place picked me up to take me to my car. On the way, we talked about the things of God, and he asked me how could God send a good Jewish Rabbi to Hell? After all, he said, the...
We live in a day of comfort. Every new product boasts a greater measure of ease than that which preceded it. Our public discourse insists that the highest form of virtue is that we do not make others feel uncomfortable about their beliefs or lifestyles. Then we read the Bible and, in many places,...