Several years back I was raking leaves in the late autumn sun while Keri pruned a rose bush. When I reached down to grab a big pile of leaves to stuff in the bag, my fingers grasped a handful of thorny briers Keri had tossed under the leaves when I wasn’t looking. As the thorns … Continue reading Sermon: Suffering & God’s Providence
Repost from 2018. -JB "Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, TEACHING in the synagogues...and he HEALED every kind of disease and illness" (Matt 9:35). My sermon text for this Sunday is Mark 1:29-39 which displays Jesus' powerful healing ministry, first with Simon's mother-in-law, and then "the whole city was gathered … Continue reading Q&A: Why do prayers go unanswered?
Q: How can a modern person believe a man was raised from the dead? I'll let Hank Hanegraaff answer this one in his article "The F-E-A-T that Demonstrates the FACT of Resurrection" Because of its centrality to Christianity, those who take the sacred name of Christ upon their lips must be prepared to defend the … Continue reading Q&A: Did Jesus Really Rise Again?
I was recently asked a good question: What do you think about the popular practice of "mindfulness" and "meditation"? Here's my initial response. I’m not sure what kind of “mindfulness” you’re critiquing. Eastern meditation seeks to empty our minds, to be mindful of our own “inner divinity” and mindful of the Oneness that permeates all … Continue reading Q&A: On Mindfulness & Meditation
Here's a question from a former student of mine. Great question for Halloween! Q: What do you believe about spiritual warfare and its affects on people, including believers? I know it is pretty open ended question and topic but I am not quite sure what type of answer I am looking for. Any input would … Continue reading Q&A: What do you believe about Spiritual Warfare?
Question: What about the people who were born in the deepest jungles or in some rural African village? They never heard of Jesus, and no one has ever shared with them the "way to salvation" through Jesus Christ. Will they spend eternity in Hell for not believing in something they never heard about? Answer: There … Continue reading Q&A – What about those who’ve never heard the gospel?