By Shawn Lazar The vast majority of Christians believe you must be a disciple in order to be saved. They have it exactly backwards. You have to be saved in order to be a disciple. The problem with saying you must be a disciple in order to be saved is that it makes salvation depend
by Brad Bell Different meanings of Dōrean Dōrean is an important NT word with two basic meanings: Freely Without cause These meanings are tied together in their basic sense. That which is “freely” given is given “without cause” in the recipient. It is thus free to the receiver of the gift. The related noun [dōrea]—gift
By Shawn Lazar A few months ago I was contemplating advertising in Charisma, the flagship magazine for the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement. Usually, that wouldn’t be the first venue to come to mind. But in this case, I thought it was appropriate. Bob had just published A Gospel of Doubt: The Legacy of John MacArthur’s
by Bob Wilkin In my mid-forties I took up running again. I had run competitively (400m and 800m) in high school and college. Now I tried master’s track. I ran the 100 and 200. But I kept pulling my hamstring in the 200. So I tried the 400, 800, and 1500 meter runs. Then I
by Shawn Lazar Many Christians say they believe in God’s mercy, but the truth is they really don’t. In fact, the mercy they’re expecting from God is the exact opposite of the mercy God offered to give. Why would I say that? Most Christians don’t believe in God’s mercy, because most believe in some form
by Ken Yates When most Christians think of the Kingdom of God, they think that it will be a place where everyone is equal. It will be kind of like a communist utopia. In their view, the ideas of communism, where everyone is on equal footing, will be realized because Jesus Christ will be ruling
by Bob Wilkin In the summer after eighth grade I went on a six-week bus trip around the United States with 35 other boys from my club. In addition there were nine men who supervised us. We camped out each night. Each morning started out with a two-mile run led by one of the leaders.
by Zane Hodges No earthly banquet was ever so splendid. No roster of assembled guests was ever so impressive. The coheirs of King Jesus are the elite of human history. To be numbered among them is the highest honor—and greatest victory!—which any man or woman can achieve. But what is it that really makes an
by Ken Yates In my last blog I discussed Luke 12:54ff and how Jesus told the nation of Israel in His day that if they looked around they would be able to see that judgment was coming. He was speaking of the coming judgment of AD 70. That judgment was coming because of their sin.