Did St. Joseph Suspect the Virgin Mary of Adultery?

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.

Peter In Heaven And Judas in Hell; Peter Repented But Judah Suicided

Both Peter and Judas committed the same sin. They both denied their Lord and Master. Somewhere in Judas' life, he took an evil turn that eventually resulted in rejection of Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior and eventual suicide. One bad attitude toward Jesus led to another, and a pattern of rejection and bitterness must have led to the ultimate rejection of Jesus. But why did one go to heaven, and one go to hell?

Tough Christmas Verses: The Conflicting Genealogies of Jesus

This is the record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:...All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah (Matthew 1:1-17).

John Piper's Funeral Meditation for a Christian Who Committed Suicide (1981)

The following is a funeral meditation given by John Piper for a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church who committed suicide in 1981. I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And if I am right and there is an all-powerful, all-wise God who made the universe, holds it in existence, and guides it to a great climax, then at least one thing is sure: there will be strangeness and mystery in the world beyond our finite little comprehension. There is no reason to think that God shou

John Piper's Funeral Meditation for a Christian Who Committed Suicide (1988)

The following message was preached by John Piper in 1988 at a memorial service for a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. We need firm biblical ground under our feet at a time like this. And so I want to try to take the Bible, God's Word, and unfold five truths that I hope will give you a firm place to stand in the coming days.

Sam Storms: Is "Ecstasy" Involved When One Speaks In Tongues? (and I don't mean the drug!)

Often in an effort to discredit the contemporary practice of speaking and praying in tongues, some will insist that it is an ecstatic experience in which a person yields to some overwhelming power that induces an altered state of consciousness or some form of chaotic religious frenzy. Regardless of what Montanus and his followers did in the early church, and regardless of what some on the far fringes of the pentecostal world might do in their purported exercise of this spiritual gift, we need to

Sam Storms: Why, When, and How did the Apostle Paul Speak in Tongues?

In describing his own gift of speaking in tongues, Paul wrote, "my spirit prays" (1 Cor. 14:14). This may be a reference to the Holy Spirit, or perhaps his own human spirit, or even a co-working of the two, which in effect constitutes the essence of a spiritual gift. (A spiritual gift is when the Holy Spirit energizes and enables my spirit to do what otherwise I couldn't do.) The important point, however,

About Strange Fire conference; Sam Storms: The Charismatic Movement and Prospects for Renewal

[In the wake of the Strange Fire conference I thought it might be helpful to post again an article I wrote a couple of months ago and published at this site.] It seems everyone has an opinion on what is known as the charismatic movement. I'm no exception. But in this article I want to focus on what I perceive to be both its strengths and weaknesses. In a subsequent post I'll comment on what I think is most needed in the charismatic world for it to move forward to the glory of God.

Rick Warren: 7 Ways God Will Evaluate Your Faithfulness

Pastors and leaders, I'm going to give you a sneak peek at your final exam. You're going to stand before God one day and He's going to evaluate your faithfulness. He's going to look at eight different aspects of your life to judge your faithfulness and you should be highly interested developing these areas of your life and leadership.

How Mary Found Her Joy

For nine or ten days Mary had carried in her heart the most astounding secret: She was pregnant, and the child was to be the long-awaited messianic king, Israel's deliverer. Yet she had been afraid to share the news, for if the wrong person heard, Herod could have had her killed; or, if her loved ones didn't believe her, the religious leaders might have condemned her and had her put to death. Perhaps she herself was afraid to trust that it was true.

Pastor Sam Storms: How Humility Works (Philipians 2:1-4)

As we continue our study of Philipians 2:1-4 and the biblical strategy for cultivating a Christ-exalting relational culture in our churches, we turn our attention to the "how" question as it is answered in vv. 3-4. There Paul writes: "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

Sam Storms: Did the New Testament Authors Lie? (1)

Someone recently linked to an article by Bart Ehrman entitled, "Who Wrote the Bible and Why it Matters," first published on The Huffington Post on March 25, 2011. Ehrman is among those who think that the Apostle Paul, for example, wrote at most seven of the thirteen letters traditionally associated with his ministry. The other six letters are called "pseudepigrapha."

Are we living in the Last Days? Billy Graham's Answer

I heard that the Bible says the world is going to get worse and worse as the end of time approaches. Is that true? We've had some horrible crimes in our city lately, and I can't see how things can get much worse. — K.P.K.

Sam Storms: Was God Guilty of Genocide? (3)

In the first post of this series I briefly surveyed some interesting but inadequate ways in which people have tried to deal with the problem of the slaughter of the Canaanites. In the second post I offered a few initial observations that might help us better understand this otherwise

Pastor Sam Storms: Was God Guilty of Genocide? (2)

Let me follow up on yesterday's post by making several observations about how best to make sense of what we read in such passages as Joshua 6:21; 8:24-29; 11:10-15. (1) Although I'm not convinced by this argument, I should point out that numerous scholars have argued that in the ancient near east there was a standard, stereotypical way of talking about warfare in which absolute and comprehensive claims about total victory were often made that exceeded what actually occurred in reality.

Sam Storms: Was God Guilty of Genocide? (1)

I've seen a lot lately on the subject of the slaughter of the Canaanites and how it affects our understanding both of God and the Bible. I preached through Joshua last year and dealt with this issue as best I know how. Here are my conclusions. One of the things that makes these texts in Joshua so difficult is that prior to Joshua 6:21; 8:24-29;

What Wine Would Jesus Drink? (a new book tells you)

Today’s post is an interview is with Randall Heskett, co-author of Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age. Heskett holds advanced degrees in biblical studies and ancient Near Eastern languages from Yale (S.T.M.) and University of Toronto (Ph.D), and his publications include Messianism within the Scriptural Scroll of Isaiah and Reading the Book of Isaiah: Destruction and Lament in the Holy Cities.