I’m confident you’ve come across this, but misperceptions occasionally rise over theological matters. A well-meaning colleague recently explained that the gospel is really about the future transformation of the cosmos. He asserted, “One day all that remains of creation will be upended in the glory of God.”
I recognized his position. Disappointments crush us and darkness remains. Undeniably, many splendid things will be revealed after Jesus’ second coming.
Yet, the gospel of the...Read More
Christians emphasize Jesus’ "coming," but I'm not sure they always understand what that word means. Not every biblical reference to "coming" is actually about the end of days.
Our English Bible translations typically utilize “coming” for the Greek word “parousia.” However, the term actually means presence, arrival, or a ceremonial visit from an official.
N. T. Wright, a prominent New Testament theologian, affirms that parousia
"is usually transl...Read More
Understand that a genuinely fruitful life only emerges from a healthy, God-centered identity. Sadly, Christians unnecessarily struggle with a variety of things. I know dozens and dozens who are plagued with father-issues—wrestling with feelings of inadequacy and fear.
Thankfully, something can be done. Let the Heavenly Father transform your life and position you for greater impact.
There is much gained from what Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia. He said, "Because you...Read More
I spent years deliberately avoiding signs and wonders. Although I accepted their biblical legitimacy, I thought they were mostly frivolous. I saw them as the concerns of weak-minded people — parlor tricks for those devoid of sound doctrine.
Nevertheless, God challenged me in these assumptions. Through prayer and spiritual encounter, I began to perceive new realities.
Within time, I began to call out healings in church services and see people encounter breakthrough. When I went...Read More
First-century followers of Jesus grasped the relationship between miracles and gospel-proclamation. What's said and what's displayed are merely different sides of the same coin.
An example of this outlook is demonstrated in the Book of Hebrews. The text reads:
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to h...Read More
Christians tend to focus on mystical or ethereal matters. Yet, it cannot be forgotten that—in the beginning—God joyfully and purposefully created physical matter. He looked upon what was made and said, “This is very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
Men and women were uniquely designed to be the imago dei—God’s image-bearers in the dust and dirt.
God declared: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Humanity was formed in His likeness to express the unfathomable r...Read More