The Gospel Truth

The Gospel Truth

As a pastor and a student of the Bible, my bookshelves are filled with all sorts of volumes and resources related to biblical studies. Some are thick, heavy theology books, others are paperbacks devoted to specific topics on issues ranging from God to counseling. I have a large section of reference works on Greek and…

Reforming Illumination

Reforming Illumination

The last time I wrote, I introduced the concept of illumination as it relates to the ministry of God’s Word. Now, for a lot of people, illumination—the truth that conversion and spiritual “sight” comes through the ministry of the Holy Spirit as God opens up our hearts to understand His word and the truth of…

A Little Yellow Sponge

A Little Yellow Sponge

If you have lived in Alaska for at least a year, you know that even though we get a good amount of snow in the winter and rain the rest of the year, Alaska is an arid place.  It is a fact that during the winter the moisture gets sucked right out of your body. …

Approaching the Bible

Approaching the Bible

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he constantly and consistently battled against the false acts of worship displayed by the religious leaders of Israel: The Pharisees, and the Sadducees. These leaders arrogantly boasted about their academic prowess regarding the scripture. As virtuous as these leaders looked on the outside, as intelligent, and as God-loving as they proclaimed…

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Okay, before you start reading I want you to close your eyes and think of your favorite meal. Or perhaps a meal that you would love to have right now, depending on what time of day you’re reading this. Okay close your eyes and picture that meal…. Have you done it? Okay good! Okay now…

Because the Time Is Near

Because the Time Is Near

There’s been a flurry of discussion among evangelicals over the past several months regarding all the events occurring throughout our nation. In fact, I’ve seen some images coming out of California and Oregon which could truly be described as apocalyptic. It would seem like the entire west coast is on fire. Add to the mix…