A Theology of Confusion:

As a “Christian” I am never confused by what God is doing, yeah right. This two part series explores some answers about being faithfully confused. – Mike

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 1

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 2

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

While reading this excellent article, two things came to mind Pharisees and Revelation 22:18-19. The only "first and foremost for a "Christian" is God and his unfeigned Word. 

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

All the talk today is about personal identity. A growing number of people are convinced that what qualifies or disqualifies a person to lead a corporation, to teach second graders, or to hold public office is not ability, achievement, or expertise but one’s ethnic, social, or sexual identity. This obsession was vividly illustrated by White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s answer to a question submitted to a February 16 online forum. Suffering from the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, a business owner asked, “What is President Biden doing for my small business?” Psaki responded, “First and foremost, he nominated a woman to lead the Small Business Administration.” While Psaki did attempt to provide other details in the rest of her answer, her “first and foremost” comment is indicative of the transformation taking place in our culture. The greatest causes of and solutions to society’s problems are believed to be located in ethnic, social, or sexual identities…

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We Stand with Pastor James Coates

On February 16th, 2021, Pastor James Coates turned himself into the Alberta police. He has been charged with two counts of violating the Canadian COVI-19 restrictions and one criminal act. He is being held in Jail pending hearings, refusing bail because the conditions are too restrictive.

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The pages of history are filled with examples of faithful believers who resolutely obeyed God, even if it meant facing severe repercussions from men. When Daniel refused to stop praying, he was thrown into a den of lions. When the apostles refused to stop proclaiming the name of Jesus, they were arrested and scourged. When the church father Polycarp refused to renounce Christ, he was burned at the stake. When the Puritan John Bunyan refused to stop preaching, he was put in jail for twelve years. Many other examples could be given, but the point is clear. To obey God rather than men is not always easy. But it has been the heartbeat of believers in every age…

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You can read Grace Life’s public statement here and listen to ’ most recent sermon from February 14th, titled Directing Government to its Duty, here.

Kristopher Kinsinger: The arrest of Alberta pastor James Coates is a constitutional abnormality

What You Need to Know About the Arrest of Pastor James …

The Seminary of Suffering

This is both a POWERFUL testimony and an article on biblical apologetics about the Sovereignty of God. 

The Seminary of Suffering

As I write this, my two daughters are sick. My two precious girls have had seven surgeries and twelve “procedures.” Our family has spent more nights in the hospital than I can count. Each of my daughters takes 840 pills per month and has two-to-three breathing treatments per day. Their lungs are deteriorating. And according to every scientific “opinion,” my daughters will live half as long as most. I discovered these hard realities after my first semester of seminary…

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When God Says No To Earnest Prayers

Why did you not answer my prayer, Lord? Why are you not easing my pain? Why are you not taking away my sorrow? I’ve asked with tears. I’ve asked with hope. I’ve asked in faith. I know You have the power to grant my request. I know You love me. So, why have You not moved?

When God Says No To Earnest Prayers, Pt.1

When God Says No To Earnest Prayers, Pt. 2

 

 ...we live in a day of “Mere Christianity,” when believers want to know the bare minimum required to believe in order to be saved. Easy believism is all most professing Christians seek... 

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Why Every Believer Needs Systematic Theology

The Puritan William Ames said that theology is the doctrine of living unto God. Wilhelmus à Brakel added to this that theology was the Christian’s reasonable service. These men simply reiterated the age-old truth that believers need to live lives of worship unto God, and humans require theology to worship rightly. For God cannot be worshipped if He is not known…

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Three Antidotes to the Fears that Rule the World

Three Antidotes to the Fears that Rule the World

If I had to choose a single word to describe the past twelve months, it would be fear. It’s run roughshod over people’s lives since early 2020, showing up in toilet-paper shortages, stay-at-home orders, murder hornets, and violent protests. People are terrified. But of what? I think there are two answers.

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Creation, the Incarnation, and Christmas

Creation, the Incarnation, and Christmas

Among all the other wonderful blessings of Christmas, at its core, this season is a celebration of the gift of life through the birth of a baby. Of course, any time a baby is born it’s a glorious event worthy of a decent party. My wife and I have 4 children, and our friends and family have greeted each birth with joy and excitement, and rightly so. ..

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Pursuing Beauty in a Secular Age

Pursuing Beauty in a Secular Age

“Beauty will save the world,” wrote Dostoyevsky in his novel, The Idiot¹. Over the years, many theologians have played with the statement, seeking to tease from it whatever truth they can find. Certainly, when viewed through a Christian lens, Dostoyevsky’s words commend themselves to us. They are not only provocative, but instructive…

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Abiding in Christ in Bleak Days

 

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Abiding in Christ in Bleak Days

To say that 2020 has been chaotic and disappointing would be an understatement. Both nationally and globally, unbelievable challenges and disappointments have abounded again and again … and again. And these challenges have revealed the true nature of the human heart. Despite the culture’s insistence that people are essentially good, the truth of the matter is, 2020 has revealed again what Scripture long ago taught: this is a fallen world…

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