“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also…” Today was a rainy and cold day in Dallas. And I
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” While working on a book on one hundred verses which prove that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works, I came across an interesting explanation of what Paul meant in Rom 3:28 when he concluded “that a man
On Sunday morning, I had “house church” with the kids. They liked it. We gathered together, sang a Psalm; Daphne read the Scripture (Luke 12:32-34), and we started discussing it. The kids had been fighting over toys recently, so we discussed the reason why. Why do they find it so hard to share their toys? Why do they get so upset when someone else is playing with
In an earlier post, I talked about what I call Doctrinal Emotive Behavior Therapy (DEBT). It is similar to Albert Ellis’s Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), but with a Biblical basis. REBT treats patients with emotional disturbances by challenging their irrational beliefs and convincing the patient to adopt more rational beliefs. That should lead to greater emotional stability. REBT has a simple ABCDE method of
Leprosy is a terrible disease. There is treatment today, though I don’t know how effective it is. But back in the first century leprosy was a death sentence. Slowly a person would fall apart, losing parts of fingers and toes as the disease spread. Lepers were not allowed to touch others. They were to stand
I recently spent a whirlwind day driving to Siloam Springs, in Northwest Arkansas for our first “Free Grace Evening”—basically, a mini-regional. We do one national conference a year in Dallas and have been doing anywhere between three to four regionals a year, involving multiple speakers (for future events, see here). Organizing a regional takes a lot of preparation and organization and money. We only do it in
Over the years I’ve had lots of failures in life. I know we all have. But I’m more acutely aware of my own failures than I am of those of others. Have you ever felt like giving up on your job, your ministry in your church, or on some major responsibility you bear? I have.
In American evangelicalism we often hear various phrases when people present the gospel to unbelievers. With a little reflection, what we find is that these phrases are not found in the Bible. We can look at a few as examples. With minor changes, one such phrase is: “Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart.
The first edition of our NT commentary was released in 2010. It was hardback, 2 volumes, and 1334 pages. It took us twenty years to complete it. We received lots of corrections over the years, mainly for typos. Shawn loaded in all the changes last summer and fall. He also completely re-typeset it. Here
Recently I wrote a blog about the claim that the King James Version used today is “inspired, inerrant, and infallible.” I showed that the reasoning behind this claim is flawed. I suggested that the NKJV is based on the same manuscripts and is simply an updating of the English. The NKJV is essentially a translation