In the past few months I’ve been in the midst of a job transition which has taken up most of my free time so I haven’t been able to post recently. But I think this remarkable video taken last week at the dedication of a new meeting hall for a local church will make up for it. Listen to Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the nationally syndicated “Bible Answer Man” radio program and president of the Christian Research Institute, speak about Watchman Nee and his “wasting” his life for the Lord Jesus (Matt. 26:8). According to Hank, perhaps the two greatest minds to have ever come out of China are Confucius and Watchman Nee.
The parable of the sower and the seed (Luke 8:4-18) is a beloved and well-known parable appearing in all three synoptic gospels. So important is this parable that the Lord Himself undertakes to explain the parable, lest there be any misunderstanding. The sower is the Lord Himself and the seeds are the words of the gospel which are sown into men’s hearts. Whether the divine life proclaimed through the gospel takes root or not and becomes fruitful depends on the condition of the recipient’s heart. While the parable is familiar by virtue of repetition, each gospel has its own distinctives and that is certainly true in Luke’s gospel. Read the rest of this entry
For the first part of this year, my small group will be reviewing selected parables and illustrations from the Gospel of Luke during our weekly Friday night meetings. This series of posts will be a summary of some, but certainly not all, of the highlights.
The first group of parables we considered were in Luke 5:36-38:
And He also spoke a parable to them: No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise, he will tear the new garment, and also the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be poured out and the wineskins will be ruined; but new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. Read the rest of this entry
Making my way through the Minor Prophets as part of my year-end Bible reading schedule, I came across this previously unnoticed but indescribably sweet verse, which is a most fitting coda to my previous posts on the word of the cross:
And someone will say to Him, What are these wounds between Your arms? And He will say, Those with which I was wounded in the house of those who love Me. (Zech. 13:6) Read the rest of this entry
Each holiday season I always enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal‘s annual republishing of an op-ed piece entitled In Hoc Anno Domini, which has run continually since 1949 (if the link is dead, just Google the title above). It’s refreshing to see America’s largest newspaper by circulation (2x that of The New York Times) steadfastly and unashamedly publish something related to Christ and His gospel.
But each time I read it, I have to ask myself, what gospel is being announced here? Is it the gospel of Jesus Christ, or is it adopting the language of Christ to herald a different gospel? Read the rest of this entry
No, I have not preached the gospel to Steve Jobs and I don’t know know anyone personally who did, although I trust that somewhere along his course in life someone at someplace at sometime announced Christ to him. Whether he received Christ in his heart is unknown to me, and it is not my job to speculate here.
But since his passing I have occasionally thought to myself, How would one preach the gospel to someone like Steve Jobs?
This consideration has coincided with my campus ministry’s year-long exploration into “The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul“. This past week we were on the topic of Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17:14-34. It’s a famously rich portion which gives insight into how the apostle Paul preached the gospel to the secular intellectuals of his time. Three insights which freshly stand out to me are the following: Read the rest of this entry