1 Peter 1:1 and 2 Outline

Perspective matters. Biblical living in this world begins with thinking biblically about life in this world.  You will not consistently respond biblically to what is happening in your life if you are not consistently thinking biblically about what is happening in your life. Specifically, I want you to see two of the key components that this text gives us towards developing a biblical perspective on our lives as believers in this world. 1.    We are strangers – to be a Christian is to be rejected by the world. 2.    We are chosen – to be a Christian is to be … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:1 and 2 Outline

James on Trials part twelve

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” If we have something good and perfect in our life and we want to know where it’s from, we can bank on it, it’s from God. If something is good, if it is noble, if it is beautiful, if it is of value, if it is perfect, if it is complete, if it is mature, it is a divine gift. Think about that. Every single good thing in our lives is from God – coming down as James describes from the ‘Father … Continue reading James on Trials part twelve

Russian Insights

I am a major Chekhov and Tolstoy fan. I don’t mean that I know a lot about them or that I am some kind of expert in their work but that when I read or listen to either Chekhov or Tolstoy I am constantly amazed by their insight into human nature.  They challenge me as a pastor and a preacher: have I thought deeply about the way people work nearly as well? I am preaching the Bible to people, do I know people? I’m listening to a couple of works by Tolstoy on death right now.  You can download them for … Continue reading Russian Insights

Mp3s

O.k. I know these aren’t articles, but I did want to post a link to what may be a series of helpful lectures. I hadn’t seen this site before so I certainly can’t vouch for everything on it but you may want to check out The MacLaurin Institute. I’m especially interested in the series of lectures on Christianity and Consumerism and Faith in the Marketplace. Continue reading Mp3s