Bible Talk Articles

Promised / Not Promised

I remember Christmas disappointments; left-winger equipment instead of goalie equipment; toboggan instead of pool table… Does anybody remember theirs? The problem many times as children are that we are not clear on what was promised. I want to go over a shortlist of things we might be confused about when it comes to God’s promises: PROMISED Always be with you (Hebrews 13:5) Provide what you need (Matthew 6:31-33) Execute final justice (Romans 12:17-19 You will not be condemned (Romans 8:1)…

Modesty is Always in Style

They say that if you keep your clothes long enough they’ll come back into style. I guess the idea is that style is ever changing but never very new. It seems that one style that is coming back this summer is the very short dress and very short “shorts” for women. This is always a challenge for Christian females – how to keep up with styles without compromising what is proper. Of course, when it comes to proper dress, the…

The Real Enemy

The new millennium has reminded us of the many ways we are vulnerable. It began with the New Year’s Eve meltdown scare back in 2000 and has continued with successive onslaughts like the 9/11 attack, financial scandals, a wave of child abductions across the country, and an persistant conflict in the Middle East. Each one of these reminds us that our nation, our wealth, even our children are not safe even in their own beds! In response to these disturbing…

Where Does Sunday School Come From?

From 1702-1801 the population of England doubled. As more people moved to the cities to find work, the traditional ties to church and community were severed. As a result, several generations of children grew up without religious instruction and this led to a serious social breakdown at the time. Child workers with Sundays off would create a tremendous disturbance in the town where they lived. Robert Raikes, a newspaper publisher, pondered the fate of these youngsters without schooling or religious…

Why Wait For Eternal Life

And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent. – John 17:3 Note that in this passage Jesus says this is eternal life, meaning that this phenomena called eternal life is not just something reserved for the future, but something that was available to the people of the first century – in the first century. We think eternal life is the “good life” transported to another place and…

Out of Season

Enough cowering! Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus! Paul said that there would be “in season” and “out of season” times for preaching the gospel (II Timothy 4:2) and for growing the kingdom. He did not mean that sometimes we work and serve, and at other times we should stop because it is inconvenient or dangerous. I believe he was exhorting the church to stay busy even when it was inconvenient and/or…

The Preacher’s Wife

She is not appointed but expected to serve, rarely mentioned but ever present. I speak, of course, of the minister’s wife. In normal circumstances the congregation usually sees her as an adjunct to her husband’s ministry – but preachers’ wives provide elements not usually seen or understood by those who have not been there themselves: 1. She Bears Burdens All of us should bear each others’ burdens (Galatians 6:2) and the preacher usually has a greater share because of his…

Rock Throwing

The Old Testament law stated that in capital offenses, the primary witness was to cast the first stone at the point of execution. (Deut. 17:7) In the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) Jesus refers to this point of law when addressing the woman’s accusers, however He reverses the rules for this occasion. In verse 7, He says, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” In…

Who’s Your Person?

As Christians, we are our brother’s keeper whether we realize it or not. How we care for each other in society, family or the church is a true measure of our moral health. Of course there is a higher expectation for us in the church because how we care for each other is not only a measure of our spiritual health but away of witnessing the sincerity of our faith. Our concern for each other’s well being therefore is not…

What 60+ Years Has Taught Me

My birthday was in April and with each celebration I see more clearly some of the basic realities of my life. For example: 1. I’M NOT GETTING BETTER, I’M GETTING OLDER. Wine gets better with age but people tend to break down. Good food, exercise, positive attitude are helpful but the sad truth is that nothing works like it used to. It helps when we stop fooling ourselves and just act our age. 2. FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE THE MOST…