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Finite Patience

Finite Patience

Several years ago, Rob Bell created waves with his book Love Wins, which suggested that God might ultimately save every human being who has ever lived. Once considered a significant voice in evangelicalism, Bell’s apparent embrace of universalism cemented his position...
The Divine Intruder

The Divine Intruder

James Edwards has written a book titled The Divine Intruder: When God Breaks into Your Life. He argues that God is in the business of breaking into people’s lives and changing them forever. To prove his point, he draws on eight biblical accounts of encounters with...
Canaries in a Coal Mine

Canaries in a Coal Mine

Prior to the widespread availability of electronic carbon monoxide detectors, coal miners carried canaries with them into the mines. Canaries are far more sensitive than humans to poisonous gases and were employed as early detection systems. If a canary died, it...
Hopeful Future

Hopeful Future

We have spent quite some time now digging into 1 Peter 1:13–24 and I want to take one last look (I promise!) at these verses before we move on. We have considered the ethical exhortations that Peter offers in these verses—holiness (vv. 14–16); fear of God (vv. 17–21);...
Prepared for Judgement

Prepared for Judgement

One of Jesus’ most extended discourses was prompted by the simplest of questions. When he foretold the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of its temple, his disciples asked him how they would know the event was drawing near. He offered them a series of signs and...
Logs, Dogs, and Hogs

Logs, Dogs, and Hogs

Matthew 7:1–12 forms a unified section in the Sermon on the Mount. Some Bible translations divide these verses into two or three pericopes, but Jesus was addressing a unified thought: how to avoid a religious superiority complex. A religious superiority complex is...