Category: Theology Plainly Spoken

For Those He Came to Save

The New Testament is filled with references to God’s saving love, particularly in the letters to the churches (Romans through Revelation). This love is usually mentioned with...

For God so Loved the World … OK, So What?

If you are a true believer in Christ, you should enjoy the peaceful assurance that when Christ returns you will not perish in...

Every Believer Not a Missionary

Several years ago, before Eastern European Communism was dismantled, I interviewed the leader for the Hungarian Baptists in his office in Budapest. He related the story of Johann...

Doubting Jesus

Do believers ever have doubts about Jesus? John the Baptist did, which might be surprising because he had a stellar start as a preacher of the gospel. For example, he declared,...

Do You Have a Camel in Your Throat?

Let me give you a scenario. Imagine that you’re a father who is concerned for your children’s safety. “You are not allowed to cross the...

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) opens with the well-known list of qualities and rewards known as “The Beatitudes” (5:3-12). According to Jesus, rewards like...

Are There Humanitarians in Hell?

From a human perspective, there are lots of good people doing great work out in the world who are not Christians. Some philanthropists devote many hours working in...

Answer Not a Fool

Proverbs 26:4 reads like this: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.” The message seems clear enough: Don’t be a fool the...

A Tale of Two Therefores

Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead. It was such an incredible miracle that when the Jewish leaders found out about it, they knew they had to...

A Clash of Kings

The young Aristobulus had the misfortune of being popular. Because of this, Herod the Great invited him to his magnificent palace in Jericho, where Aristobulus ate and drank, splashed...