New Sermon: Luke 15:1-2, 11-32 – “Two Bad Sons”

I preached the following sermon this past Sunday at Tieton Drive Bible Chapel in Yakima, WA. If any more of my sermons get recorded while I am in the US, I will upload them, also attaching them to the “sermons” tab. Luke 15:1-2, 11-32 – Two Bad Sons” – August 4, 2013 I hope you are blessed […]

Rising from the Ashes (Part 1 of 2)

I often marvel at God’s graciousness and wisdom in using our foolishness, lack of foresight, and even sin to His glory. Be it through Scripture, the reading of biographies, or from personal experiences this truth is readily visible to any who would ponder such a thought. Why would a good, pure, and holy God care […]

Orthodoxy: Dry, Outdated Religiosity?

I recently (today!) finished a very good book by Alister McGrath named Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth. Being a great admirer of this writer’s ample knowledge and writing ability, I was eager to read this book, as it deals with heresy on not only a historical, but a theological and philosophical level. I […]

“Lord, Command What You Will, and Will What You Command” (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 14 (Context: The death of John the Baptist is followed by a very full day of work for Jesus, as he heals, teaches, and does awesome mind-bending miracles). The beheading of Jesus’s cousin, John the Baptist, is recounted in Matthew 14, detailing the power-struggle and proud nature in the Galilean Herod Antipas’ […]

Is God Two-Faced? (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 27 (Context: Isaac, in his old age, blesses Jacob and not Esau. Jacob, spurred-on by his mother Rebekah, deceives his father to receive the blessing of the oldest son, him being the 2nd. What is most surprising, is that God clearly supports Isaac’s blessing of Jacob.) Historical stories such as the blessing of […]

Christ in the Valley of the Shadow of Death (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 4 (Context: After fasting 40 days and nights, the physical limit, Jesus Christ is tempted by Satan. Three assaults are withstood and Jesus is finally left in peace) I have been teaching in Trujillo, Peru over these last few weeks in a couple Bible Schools here. It is such a privilege to learn […]

The Hidden Things (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Revelation 16. (Context: The last judgement of the Tribulation is poured out on earth by God, referred to as “the bowls”. The Tribulation’s end is then predicted, as Satan’s unholy Trinity prepare to demolish Jerusalem. The short-lived battle and victory of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, is here called Armageddon, in reference to the […]

Are We “Totally Depraved”? (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 5-6. For quite some time the phrase “totally depraved” gave me shudders, and I kept saying “that can’t be right”. Well, I realized later that the concept was right, but the wording was wrong. Calvinists define totally depravity as the inability of a person to do good at all without God. That part […]

The Experiential Christian

(With a title like this, I am just looking for trouble! It’s unorthodox, non-conservative, and dangerously post-modern, isn’t it? You will likely be surprised, so trust me on this one, my beloved reader. And thanks for taking the time.) I find it so very strange, yet so natural a thing to see how far we […]