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I recently read Ezra 9 in my morning devotions and was struck by the character of Ezra’s sorrow over the sins of God’s people. His grief was intense; it was profound.

Lately, I've been wondering if we've given adequate consideration to the relationship that exists between idolatry and anxiety.

Every single day, Christians are confronted with a barrage of competing messages.

Prayer is a spiritual discipline which is, in equal measure, both difficult and rewarding. Our struggles are surpassed by the blessings we derive from God’s love in answering our prayers.

In an increasingly politicized age, we have become used to political slogans designed to encapsulate the heart of a candidate’s message--everything from “Change We Can Believe In”

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel, The War of the Worlds opens with these words:

Many have experienced the kind of hard providences that have brought them near to the end of their faith.

As the lives of western Christians become more and more dominated by the content that is brought into their lives by various forms of media, we must ask the question, "With what do I fill

Perhaps now, more than ever, Christians need wisdom to process the multitude of temptations to sexual sin with which they are confronted.

The Wisdom literature is among the most neglected of all genres in Scripture.

In 1 Thessalonians 2 Paul outlines the character and practices of a godly pastoral ministry.

One of the Apostle Paul’s great preoccupations in both of his letters to the church at Thessalonica is the second coming of Christ.

Western society, as it slips inexorably into greater unbelief and alienation from God, has created new laws--both written and unwritten--concerning what is and what is not permissible to say in pub

What makes the church special? I don’t mean what makes a church special, there may be many answers to that question.

What are the marks of a spiritually healthy believer? In 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10 we find Paul’s thanksgiving to God for spiritually healthy Christians.

We all fall short. We all sin, sometimes appallingly. At different times in your Christian life, you will inevitably need to confess your sin to someone and ask them for forgiveness.

Regrettably, conflict is a reality in the church. Often that conflict is between a congregant and the pastor. After all, he is--in many ways--the focal point of the church’s public ministry.

As I sit in Starbucks, Bible open, commentaries next to me, trying to focus on the rich theological contours of the Tabernacle--the world is bustling all around me.

In every genre of Scripture, whether it be narrative, Psalms, wisdom or the Gospels and Epistles, warnings against sexual sin are prominent.

Your prayer-life is a measure of your spiritual maturity. Just about any decent book on prayer will tell you so.

One of the great difficulties we encounter when we seek to preach Christ from the Old Testament is the challenge of being able to rightly apply the text--both in its original context and then to ou

1. “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding” (Proverbs 17:27-28). 

As I approach the fifth anniversary of my ordination to pastoral ministry, I confess that last five years have been a maelstrom of emotional highs and lows--as well as a school of previously unknow

“For Everything There Is A Season...” So says the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 3:1. Our God has ordained whatsoever shall come to pass, according to His most wise and free counsel.

Many of us have joyfully welcomed the renaissance of Christ-centered preaching that churches in North America have undergone in recent decades.

Most Christians inwardly, if not outwardly, groan when they arrive at a genealogy in their Bible reading. This is a shame.

In the first post in this series we examined four useful principles in studying t

            At a recent conference, I sat and listened intently to a lecture in which the participants were challenged to read the Psalms, not after the manner of thos

I was recently introduced to the phrase, "going-to-hell sin." This intrigued me because, from my own studies of Scripture when I was a young Christian, I always thought it was clear that

In the previous two posts in this series (see here and

Having given brief consideration to the Israelites exodus from Egypt, we observed, in our first post, five eleme

The “Exodus” principle holds a profoundly important—yet, often overlooked—place in the Christian life.

This is the second part in a series of posts on the Sermon on the Mount.

In seminary, we were taught that a sermon should never be about the man who preaches it.