Not Beyond or Below: What Does the Bible Actually Say?

When it comes to discerning what we read, hear, and especially what we say, a necessary rule to use is this: “Does this line up with what the Bible actually says?” Notice the point – what the Bible actually says, not what you wished it said, … Read More

Union with Christ: 4 Recommended Books

Union with Christ is that key doctrine underneath so many other doctrines. With more than 175 references to either “in Christ,” “in Christ Jesus,” or “(Christ) in you,” union with Christ is a permeating thread through all of the New Testament. It is the necklace … Read More


There are some words that leave an eternal imprint on us once we read them. Their impact never goes away from the moment we see them. We never forget them once we hear them. Such is the case with “marvelous” in Mark 12:11. Meaning strikingly … Read More

What’s Underneath the 42 Names?

Matthew’s genealogy (Matthew 1:1-17), the royal “family tree” of Jesus, is a poetic, numeric defense of Christ’s right to the throne of David. He employs the number 14, the total numeric value of the consonants in the Hebrew name David (D=4, V=6, D=4), to accurately, … Read More

Christmas Irony

When it comes to Nativity scenes and Christmas plays, I think the least favorite part to play is probably a shepherd. In the few re-enactments I remember (and I use that word loosely), there weren’t many, if any, of us boys scrambling for the staff. … Read More

Our True Christmas Leader

We all know it’s Christmas. Just look around and you can easily see its December. But guess what else is going on right now? End-of-year political promises from our elected leaders.  Just check out your inbox, blog feed, radio, TV, or the Internet and you’ll … Read More

God’s Preserving Power

For Thomas Watson, a Puritan preacher of the 1600’s, the doctrine of eternal security for the genuine believer was more than a bit of knowledge to store away for a spiritually rainy day. It was a wonder at which he marveled, and a comfort upon … Read More

Stick Figure savior

by Mandee Mostrom This is me. This is my god. My god is always good. My god is always right. Praise be to my god. I go to church every Sunday. Every Sunday that I am not hungover, sleeping in, or tired, I go to … Read More

Four Reasons God is Great

Psalm 96 has been dubbed the “Missionary Song of the Church” (HSBC). And for good reason—it shows the beautifully and powerfully connected relationship God’s people experience between our witness for God (vs 1-3) and our worship of God (vs. 7-13). Right in the middle of … Read More