Grace in Focus – May/June 2015
What Is Man that God Cares for Him? (Psalm 8)
By Philippe R. Sterling Apollo 11 carried to the moon a Goodwill Disc that had messages from seventy-three countries. This thin silicon disc was left in a simple cloth pouch in an aluminum case on the Sea of Tranquility in July 1969 by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. At the top of the disc
The Warning Passages in Hebrews (Part 2)
When a 22-year old decides to change jobs it normally doesn’t make the news. But when you’re in the Army, and you’re in the middle of Afghanistan, you don’t get to quit without consequences. In June 2009, then PFC Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban under questionable circumstances. He was later released in 2014
Can We Still Trust New Testament Professors?
In his book Can We Still Believe the Bible? (CWSBB) New Testament Professor Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary) says that the Bible is still trustworthy. He says we can still believe the Bible, but only if we learn to distinguish between inspired fiction and inspired history. If that sounds a bit puzzling to you, good. It
Unbelievers Will Expect to Justify Themselves by Works (Matthew 25:41-46)
In the September-October 2013 issue of Grace in Focus, Bob Wilkin argued that in Matt 7:21-23 unbelievers at the Great White Throne Judgment will call Jesus “Lord” and will point to their works in an effort to justify themselves before Him. They will point to works they did in Jesus’ name (e.g., prophesying, casting out
Ralph and Sam Go to Seminary: Lordship Salvation Is Often Inconsistent When Loved Ones Die
By Bob Thomas Ralph is a wolf. Sam is a sheepdog. Each episode of the old Looney Tunes cartoon featured Ralph trying to find ways to get past Sam so as to eat the sheep under Sam’s protection. Every encounter is laced with violence as Ralph and Sam try to maim or kill each other
He Offers a Yoke of Rest: An Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book, A Gospel of Doubt (Chapter 10)
Introduction In chapter 10, MacArthur discusses the Lord’s famous teaching on coming to Him and learning from Him to gain rest (Matt 11:28-30). In the introduction he says, “Jesus’ offer of rest for the weary is a call to conversion. It is a masterpiece of redemptive truth—a synopsis of the gospel according to Jesus” (p.118).