Preachers, Character, and Moral Living

Preachers, Character, and Moral Living

I taught a class called “Preaching through Ephesians” last semester at Houston Baptist University, and in the coming months, I’ll be adapting a few of my lectures into blogs. The first thing we talked about is applicable to any person who shares the word...
Our Journey to Christmas

Our Journey to Christmas

“Our Journey to Christmas” is an appropriate phrase to express the rich variety of feeling, belief, commitment, and theology associated with Christmas. In this Advent season, each of us is on a journey, but not all paths are equal. Your path might be taking you to...
How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?

How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?

The idea of seeking the will of God has three broad meanings when we talk about it. (1) We often mean — what is God’s will for my life? (2) Or, we mean what is God’s will in a particular situation, one with a moral dilemma? (3) But, in Scripture, the will of the Lord...
Why You Should Read The Bible

Why You Should Read The Bible

I can still remember the revolutionary experience it was for me, in my sophomore year at college, to read through the New Testament. I read the Phillips Version, and, for the first time, the Scriptures came alive for me. As I reflect upon it, it’s odd that I don’t...
Why do we fight and quarrel?

Why do we fight and quarrel?

What is the source of your quarreling? Jealousy. Envy. Materialism. These are the kinds of things that make people angry and fight and internally want to kill one another. That’s what James says in the fourth chapter of his letter to the believers. Jealousy is the...
Are you slow to anger?

Are you slow to anger?

In previous blogs, I discussed the first two parts of the thematic proverb of the book of James, “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19). From James 3:13 all the way to the end of the book,...