The Father Who Doesn’t Fail

Remember the old school-yard debate? “My dad could beat up your dad.” In a boy’s eyes, no one is stronger or mightier than their dad. It should be this way. Dads are strong and mighty. But though our earthly fathers wither and fade, God never can and never will. In fact, as time goes on,Continue reading “The Father Who Doesn’t Fail”

Why Did God Make Us from Dirt?

Genesis 2:7 teaches, “The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” With the rest of creation, God had simply spoken things into existence (e.g., Genesis 1:3, 14, 20, 24), but God does things differently withContinue reading “Why Did God Make Us from Dirt?”

Is Your Truth a Dead End?

In her lifetime-achievement-award acceptance speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey said, “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Your truth. Those two words are so entrenched in our lexicon today that we hardly recognize them for the incoherent nightmare that they are.Continue reading “Is Your Truth a Dead End?”

The Most Winsome of Beings

Satan’s first attack upon the human race was his sly effort to destroy Eve’s confidence in the kindness of God. Unfortunately for her and for us, he succeeded too well. From that day, men have had a false conception of God, and it is exactly this that has cut out from under them the groundContinue reading “The Most Winsome of Beings”

Getting to Know You

Knowing God through Revelation God created people for relationship with him (Gen. 1:26–31). This relationship depends on our knowing him. God has a mind, a will, and emotions. He communicates, revealing himself. This revelation comes in two basic forms: general revelation and special revelation. Without them, we cannot know God. God’s revelation is trustworthy, forContinue reading “Getting to Know You”

Emerging Religious Groups in the U.S.

In 170 years of the city’s existence, Dallas churches have sent missionaries to every inhabited continent on earth to plant new congregations and spread the gospel. Some of North America’s largest and most fruitful churches sit in the Dallas metroplex. But in the past two decades, the city has also become a missionary-receiving hub forContinue reading “Emerging Religious Groups in the U.S.”

Are We Not Alive Till Our First Breath?

I read someone’s argument on social media that “Human life occurs at the moment God breathes into [naphach] the biological life the breath of life [neshamat chayyim, ‘soul life’]. This happens at birth.” When several other commenters pointed this person to what Scripture has to say about God forming the unborn, they responded, Job 31:15Continue reading “Are We Not Alive Till Our First Breath?”

Beware the Listening Prayer

The Bible speaks often of prayer, but it does not mention “listening prayer” as a type of prayer to practice. The idea of “listening prayer” is to spend some time talking to the Lord and the rest of the time listening to His response. Or, sometimes, the listening comes first and the prayer second. ListeningContinue reading “Beware the Listening Prayer”