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Bless Your Heart: A Biblical Look at the Heart of Man

Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.”  We certainly live in a culture and day where the heart has been elevated to preeminence.  How many times have we heard someone give the advice, “Just follow your heart!”?  That’s the wisdom of the age, but…

The Lost Book: The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Conundrum

There was great joy in Israel during the days of King Josiah (2 Kings 22-23). The lost book of truth had been found!

Truth is of utmost importance. But, it’s not enough to simply claim truth. It’s important to critically reflect on how we come to know that our “truth” is really true. Through a recent conversation, a theological principle known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral or the Methodist Quadrilateral was brought to my attention. I had briefly heard of it before […]

Biblical Worship 05: Word-Based

The Thessalonian congregation was given a most prestigious commendation from the apostle, “you are an example to all those in Macedonia and Achaia.” They had become the “pattern” to follow in church life. What “pattern” was established by the Thessalonian church? What traps are lurking near the foundations of the church? How can the contemporary church follow this example? Answering this question involves taking a closer look at some of the essentials of biblical worship in the Church. One of the essentials of biblical worship is the priority of the Word of God…

The Bible v/s Nature

What are the comparisons and contrasts between the Bible and its authority and general revelation and its authority? When comparing and contrasting the Bible and its authority to general revelation and its authority, it is important to understand that the Bible is in the category of special revelation.  The nature of special revelation is such that it is not observable or discoverable…

My Walk with King James

In honor of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, I committed to put aside my preferred translation, the New American Standard Bible, and solely preach from the KJV for the month of May.  That commitment is now over.  So, I thought that I would share with you some of my reflections. I want to say up front…

Happy Birthday, KJV!

Today, May 2, 2011 is the 400th anniversary of the Bible translation known as the King James Version (KJV) or the Authorized Version (AV), which was first published in 1611.  Although I very rarely read or use it because of its outdated language, it has been a great gift to the church over the last four centuries.  I highly regard it and…

Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

On the heels of my meta-sermon (a sermon about sermons) last night, I find Al Mohler’s recent blog both intriguing and helpful.  Dr. Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention, and one of the nation’s leading commentators on the interaction between culture and theology.  You’ll definitely want to read his blog here.  May…

Theological Controversies

What is the Bible’s authority on theological controversies? Theological controversies, unfortunately, have been and will be a mainstay in this fallen world until the end of the age. The unregenerate man will always suppress the truth in unrighteousness, becoming futile and foolish in his speculations (Romans 1:18,21). As for the regenerate man, Paul says that in this current age our reason and…

Biblical Infallibility & Authority

What is the relationship between infallibility and authority? Infallibility and authority have been hot topics of debate in theological circles for several centuries. Let’s start by defining these terms. The doctrine of biblical infallibility is the belief that the Bible is true and reliable in all matters it addresses, including assertions and denials. In other words, it will never lead us astray.…