The greatest

Every year, BibleGateway.com, which bills itself “the world’s most visited Christian website,” publishes a list of the most read Bible verses on its website. Every year, the list includes a number of well-known and beloved verses, such as Proverbs 3:5–6; Psalm 23:4; 1 Corinthians…

Don’t panic

There is a popular series of science fiction novels that centres around a fictional book titled The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Guide is “a wholly remarkable book” and “a highly successful one,” having “already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard…

The Bible tells me so

A little over a month ago, Andy Stanley created controversy throughout the evangelical world by comments that he made in a sermon regarding the Bible. He questioned the Bible as the foundation of the Christian faith, and argued that it is “next to impossible…

Mind your language!

I recently listened to an interview of a woman who had for a long time run a popular Christian website and podcast, but who has since left the theological realm for politics. She has not left the faith, but simply moved from religious to…

Four views on hell: Everlasting conscious torment

Series introduction: I recently had opportunity to read the second edition of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell. This series of posts will form my personal evaluation of each of the arguments presented in the book. I, like probably most Christians, was raised in a…

Four views on hell: Terminal punishment

Series introduction: I recently had opportunity to read the second edition of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell. This series of posts will form my personal evaluation of each of the arguments presented in the book. Back in 2011, when I read the first edition…

A pattern for Christian discipleship

For the last three months or so, while our pastor-teacher has been on sabbatical, the other elders of our church have been taking on Sunday mornings us through a journey of the book of Philippians. Unlike many other of Paul’s letters, Philippians does not…

Four views on hell: A universalist view

Series introduction: I recently had opportunity to read the second edition of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell. This series of posts will form my personal evaluation of each of the arguments presented in the book. It is probably fair to say that the doctrine…

Four views on hell: Hell and purgatory

Series introduction: I recently had opportunity to read the second edition of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell. This series of posts will form my personal evaluation of each of the arguments presented in the book. Ever since the Reformation, evangelicals (Protestants) have roundly rejected…

The blessing of presence

I recently stumbled across The Phil Vischer Podcast, which I have subsequently recommended to several people in the church whom I know listen to podcasts. This weekly podcast is hosted by Phil Vischer—the creator of VeggieTales—and is co-hosted by Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor….