I was reading an article in Newsweek or Time or some magazine like that the other day where the author was trying awfully hard to show why he doesn’t think humans are all that unique. He went about doing it by talking about rats. Apparently someone’s being done some experiments with rats where they shock them or something when they make a certain decision and they don’t shock them when they make the other decision and it seems like after a while the rats actually stop and “think” before they choose what to do when they are forced to make … Continue reading Depravity on Display
Depravity. I have always believed in it, but frankly I have three girls and well, I’ve kind of struggled because they are so cute. Struggled that is until the other day. We were flipping through the channels when we came across an ice-skating competition, and they actually wanted to watch. It’s reminded once again of my responsibility to train my children. So I’m using March Madness as an opportunity to help them learn the difference between right and wrong. Watching basketball, right. Watching ice-skating, that’s just wrong. Continue reading Depravity and its effects
I don’t want to be too elementary, but hey,I am teaching at a high school in the mornings and this morning, someone brought up a what I consider a pretty good question. In God’s eyes are their levels to sin? Those weren’t her exact words of course. Her words were more like, everybody thinks sexual sin is so awful and all that, but these others sins are really bad too. Aren’t they kind of the same? Like, isn’t going out and committing sexual sin just as bad in God’s eyes as cheating on a test? Now we all know, if … Continue reading Same Sins?
John Owen once said that as men rise in their notions about the seriousness of sin so they rise in their understanding of the grace of Jesus. To that end, magnifying the grace of Jesus, I offer the following thoughts on the seriousness of sin. Sin must be awful because: It is an offence against God. “Against Thee and Thee only have I sinned…” Ps.51:4 God doesn’t want us to sin. “My little children I am writing these things to you that you may not sin.” 1 John 2:1 Sin makes God angry. “Do homage to the Son, lest He … Continue reading Meditations on the Sinfulness of Sin
I’ll always remember a sweet, little old grandma who heard I was studying to be a pastor and wanted to give me a little advice before I headed off to serve at my first church. “Whatever you do” she said, “don’t talk about sin. I used to go to a church where the pastor always talked about sin. It made me miserable. But at the church I go to now, the pastor never talks about sin, and I love it.” Sadly, her attitude toward sin is not all that unusual.Many view talking about sin as offensive, others view it as … Continue reading Get to Know Your Enemy