Anyone who knows a bit about me and my ministry knows that I deal with a lot of rather unpleasant stuff – evil, dark and destructive matters. Whether it is things like abortion, or Islamic jihad, or the war on
There is no more important question that any of us can ask than this: Do I have a real knowledge of God? This means not just head knowledge, but personal, heart-felt knowledge based on a relationship with the living God.
I have often written about the incredibly gifted and anointed Welsh preacher and teacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Many times I have spoken about his tremendous 14-volume set of expository sermons on the book of Romans. No Christian library should be without
Time was, those who were the most concerned about good theology, who most stressed the importance of biblical truth, and who most sought to order their lives under the Word of God were evangelicals. Sadly it seems like this is
Biblical revelation tells us about what God first intended, what went wrong, and how things can be corrected. That is, Scripture gives us the story of creation – including the creation of man and woman; it presents to us the
The Apostle Paul is a major figure in the New Testament. He is the author of 13 of the 29 books found in the New Testament. His importance cannot be overstated. His life and activities make up a major portion
One of the most contentious, hotly-debated, and notoriously difficult theological issues there is has to do with the relationship of the Old Testament law to New Testament believers. It is part of the even bigger discussion about law and grace
Some folks consider this to be a difficult passage, mainly because they think it paints Jesus in such a bad light. Critics, non-Christians, and atheists especially will say that Jesus is being quite unloving, harsh, lacking in compassion and brusque
OK, another post about books, reading and theology. There goes 95 per cent of my potential reading audience. But for the 5 per cent of you still here, you might find this of some use. If you like to read,
These two books complete the narrative portion of the New Testament. The rest of the NT is composed of various epistles and writings. While I might properly have grouped Luke and Acts together (as they share the same author), I
The first three gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – are known as the synoptic gospels, and they share a number of similarities. However, the three also differ in major ways from John’s gospel. Indeed, much of what is found
There would be tens of thousands of books on the New Testament. There is far too much to choose from, so here I offer just 66 titles (40 general titles and 26 on Jesus and the Gospels). They are admittedly
What does the Bible have to say about the issue of taxation? Should we pay taxes? If so, what rate of taxation should we pay? What about indirect taxation? Often the answers we give to these sorts of questions will
The importance of the Old Testament for believers today cannot be overstated. But neither can it be overstated how often and how much the OT is ignored by contemporary Christians. This is a tragedy, and a long-standing one. Back in
In this series on study tools on the entire Bible we now come to the final twelve Old Testament books – the Minor Prophets. These prophetic books are certainly not minor in terms of importance, but only in terms of
As with so many of the passages I deal with in this series, this particular verse is not so much difficult as it is badly handled by many folks. There is plenty of fuzzy, irrational and downright nonsensical thinking associated
One of the most important figures in the defense of biblical Christianity against theological liberalism early last century was J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937). His life was characterised by controversy, but it was controversy for the sake of biblical orthodoxy.
New theology titles keep pouring from the presses, and it is hard to keep up with everything that is out there. A few months ago I offered a list of 23 newish books on theology that I was reading. That
When I consider some of my all-time favourite Christians of relatively recent times (men such as J. C. Ryle, Charles Spurgeon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and J. I. Packer) I have to immediately think of the Puritans, since these four – and
Yesterday I wrote a piece in which I looked at six common sayings which in effect can become nothing but cheap excuses for sin. The article got a bit of attention, and some folks offered a few more such excuses.