The Origin of Satan

The New York Times, in reporting on a survey by the Barna Group, noted the diminishing belief in the devil among Americans. Two-thirds of Americans do not believe in the devil as a living entity. In a nationwide telephone survey of 1,007 randomly selected people, pollsters asked whether the respondents agreed that Satan is “not […]

The Church’s Closing Ceremonies

Last night, I watched the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics. I always hate to see the Olympics close. I love the Summer Olympics—swimming, basketball, track and field, and, even rowing. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. I love the church of my Lord. Yes, she is an imperfect […]

WBI Sunday

On July 31 (my birthday, by the way), the church in McDonough, Georgia, hosted the first annual WBI Sunday to honor the work of World Bible Institute. That weekend, the WBI staff attended our first retreat, and that was the first time all of us were able to be together at the same time. Here […]

Thinking about Timothy and Titus

The epistles Paul wrote his two young protégés, Timothy and Titus, outline the life of the church. From the roles of men and women to the appointment of elders and deacons to helping widows to enduring persecution, the message of the Pastoral Epistles is timeless and directly applicable to today’s church. Thinking about Timothy and […]

Where are the Dead?

Where are the dead? Are they buried in a cemetery? No, they aren’t: “The body apart from the spirit is dead” (James 2:26). Are they in heaven or hell? No, they aren’t: “No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man” (John 3:13). No human being resides in […]