Category: Theology Plainly Spoken

Jesus Died a Hero?

There is a very old bit of graffiti scrawled onto a plaster wall in Rome. It’s a crude sketch of a naked man hanging on a stick-figure cross. The...

Who is Like You Among the Gods, O Yahweh?

Why did the Exodus happen? I’ll give you a multiple choice. A. To bring the Israelites out of slavery. B. For God to fulfill...

Regarding No One According to the Flesh

I take notice when something isn’t properly maintained. It’s a blessing and a curse. While driving down the road, it’s common for me to make comments...

We Must Live With This

“Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed.” (1 Cor 16:22, NET) These are such striking words! Can they really be true? The verse seems...

What Happens When You Die?

Death is one of those “common denominator” human experiences. We all will experience it. I’m aware of two historical exceptions—Enoch and Elijah, both of whom were simply taken...

The Circle of Your Affinity May Cost You Everything

In the 1950s, on the popular “Candid Camera Show,” several people were set up by the director to face the rear of an elevator....

The Lord’s Power in Kingdom Advance: So What?

God’s kingdom advances because he is powerful. When the gospel came to Philippi (Acts 16:11-40), this was true in multiple ways. First, in Lydia’s conversion,...

Obedient from the Heart

Why do you think Jesus can confidently say “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)? Or, how can he say “If...