Five questions to ask while reading the rich man and Lazarus story

off target Five questions to ask while reading the rich man and Lazarus story. I love the story of the rich man and Lazarus, but not for the same reason that many others do. It is a story that we can all easily picture. We see a fat rich man, clothed in a purple robe, […]

embarrassing lessons in ministry – part 3

Understanding the lessons of Mark 9:33-50 requires that we keep in mind the backdrop of that embarrassing question Jesus had asked the apostles. He had asked them what they had been arguing about on the road to Capernaum. This was an embarrassing question because they had been arguing over who was the greatest among them […]

embarrassing lessons in ministry – part 2

There were other disciples of Christ besides the famous twelve, whom he called as apostles. Mark 9:38-42 gives us some insight into how the twelve viewed those others. They were tempted to treat them as competition. But Jesus gave them another embarrassing lesson in ministry by warning them not to do that. He knew that […]

embarrassing lessons in ministry – part 1

Mark’s Gospel as a whole serves as an excellent manual for ministry. But Mark 9:33-50 is especially suited to teach those who aspire to serve Christ. This section of the Gospel focuses on the relationship of the twelve apostles of Jesus with other followers of Jesus. The apostles learned the lessons described in this section […]

throwing away the old tent

Like we did so many times before, my wife and I packed up our cheap, five dollar tent in my expensive backpack, and headed out for a day of tramping and camping. Our favourite place to do this is the Appalachian Trail, over 3,500 kilometres of amazing wilderness, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount […]

tomorrow – fallen | Revelation 18:2

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great…” (Revelation 18:2).  Tomorrow will be a day of revelation of all who falsely claim to be saved. The great hypocritical establishment which has oppressed and repressed the true church will finally be exposed and laid waste. Prophecy from God invites us to travel into the future, and to discover […]

What if we taught John 3:16?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ((John 3:16 KJV.)) We evangelicals love to quote John 3:16. We call it “the poster-child verse of the entire Bible.”1  We think of it as “the gospel in a nutshell,”2 “the Bible in […]

tomorrow–ready

“…his Bride has made herself ready…” (Rev. 19:7). Tomorrow will be a day of glorification for the saved. Our response to God’s grace will enable us to take our place as Christ’s eternal bride. We need to live ready for the return of Christ. The more we learn about our future as believers, the more […]

Destroyed from God’s Presence

St Paul’s description of the judgement of God in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 is another biblical reason to give up the traditional view of divine judgement and the eternal torments of hell. Back in 2007 my article “Fallacies in the Annihilationism Debate” was published in JETS (The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society). To be honest, […]

Our Hope | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

(Adapted from a sermon first preached in  Hamilton, New Zealand. Feb 2014) Introduction When Thessalonians was written The Apostle Paul was intensely connected to this Church at Thessalonica for it was Paul who had established it (around 49-50 AD) about 2 years before he wrote this letter. We read all about the beginning of this church  […]