Speaking the Truth in Love

Posts from October 2018

Worship and Entertainment

In worship our music is congregational and a cappella. So is it wrong to listen to a Christian radio station playing hymns with instrumental accompaniment? For that matter, is it wrong to listen to a cappella music sung by a quartet instead of a church? Some preachers treat worship as if the Bible addresses every…

Sitting in the Ashes

Job is a wealthy Arab sheik. His 10 children are his delight, and he enjoys the deep respect of a community that admires his wise judgment and generosity to the poor. Job revels in the knowledge that God is good to him. He is a man at peace with the world and its Creator, a…

When Things Go Wrong

was a wealthy Arab sheik. His 10 children were his delight, and he enjoyed the respect of a community that appreciated his wise judgment and kindness to the poor. Job reveled in the knowledge that God was good to him. His possessions were gifts, and he knew where they came from. He was at peace…

Psalm 8:3-4

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 

Joy in the Lord

Paul encourages the Philippians to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4). Is he talking about happiness? Most people do want to be happy. Happiness is the good feeling we have when everything goes our way – when our football team wins a big game, when we head home for the holidays, when several inches…

When Maturity Comes

spiritual gifts Paul predicts that prophecy, tongues, and supernatural revelations will end (1 Cor. 13:8). But when? He explains that “when the perfect comes, the partial [the spiritual gifts] will pass away” (v. 10). The phrase translated “the perfect” can mean “the mature thing.” The immediate context in 1 Corinthians 13 supports this idea: “When…