As we continue the Christmas season, let us remember the enormity of God’s grace poured out to us in the sending of His Son.
The peace that Christ was born to proclaim is an everlasting peace with God. It is the same message that Christ has given his followers since then.
We should not be surprised at public censure of the gospel. The gospel message is a reminder to the unbelieving world that the way of sin is death.
Wisdom in all spheres of government - civil, self, family, church and vocation - is to recognize and live in light of the reign of Christ over all things.
MOG2015 05: Joe Boot, David Robinson and Michael Nazir-Ali answer questions regarding: the Mission of God; Christian Education; Radical Islam; Christian Transformation of Society; Male and Female Roles; Climate Change from a Christian Perspective.
MOG2015 04: Denying his Creator, man is alienated from the very source of his existence and seeks to cope by turning to idolatry in the form of addictions, money and power. But because of God's radical love at the cross, people are attracted out of the world into participation in the transforming work of God.
MOG2015 03: Created in God's image, man and woman are agents capable of changing the world as they undertake the task of fulfilling the cultural mandate.
MOG2015 02: The book of Revelation sets forth two groups of people: those who follow the Beast and bear his mark and those who follow the Lamb and bear his name. The book declares the eternal gospel (Rev 14:6-7), which is a universal summons to follow the Lamb in true worship and salvation.
MOG2015 01: The fall of Adam and Eve in the garden is the essential foundation for understanding the gospel meta-story. The gospel is cosmic in scope and in the cross all creation is being restored in proper relation to its Creator and Owner.
The biblical understanding of folly is not mere stupidity, but a self-centered pragmatism that shows contempt for the Lord, his Word, and his servants.
In an age where abandoning Christian faith and principles is a temptation to many, let us heed the biblical call to endurance, obedience and faithfulness.
When a society abandons God and His Word, it abandons the only true source of wisdom, and the result is folly in our personal, social, and civil governments.
If the Gospel is rightly described as Good News, we must ask what the news is about. The answer Jesus gives is that it is “the good news of the kingdom of God” (Luke 4:43; Acts 8:12). The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, and that He is building His kingdom of righteousness among us.
As historic liberties are increasingly denied to Christian individuals and churches, we must stand with Christ and with Scripture.
Recent legislation in the UK would introduce an unprecedented level of state control over the pulpit, ironically undercutting the same “British values” to which they appeal.
The sex-ed curriculum being forced into Ontario public schools should alarm us, but not overwhelm us. There are several godly options to resist and reject such godless teaching.
Christ is not one authority among many, but the ruler of the kings of the earth.The Son of God appeared on earth to destroy the works of the devil, and has given us the task of cultural renewal in every area of life, including the public square.
The basic freedom of the Christian is the freedom from bondage to sin and death. The state is God's minister to punish wrongdoing, but when a state oversteps its God-given bounds of authority, it ceases to be legitimate. In God's economy, church, state and family are partners, with distinct roles in society.
Contrary to modern notions, true freedom is not the casting off of all restraint, but freedom from the power of sin.
In the Lord’s Supper we eat and drink in remembrance of the risen and reigning Lord Jesus, who is present with us. In the meal, we’re confirmed in our identity as God’s covenant people and renew our commitment to trust and obey him. The Lord’s Supper is a perpetual proclamation of the Gospel and anticipation of Jesus’ Second Coming.
The recent hack of adultery website Ashley Madison is a reminder that sin is never truly hidden.
Canada's heritage as a nation under God is plainly carved on the walls of our Parliamentary buildings. They serve as a rebuke, as well as an encouragement, to all Canadians, that God continues to call His people to covenant faithfulness.
Youth programs and activities are not sufficient to stem the tide of young people leaving the church. The church's best investment in young adults is to confront difficult questions, preach relevant sermons, and reclaim the sense of God's mission for the church.
When we speak of God as Lord and King, we must remember that these are not merely figurehead titles. Christ’s lordship is real and active, and calls all men to account.
Power for power’s sake becomes the only thing of value when a culture abandons God and His word. Even human life becomes merely a means to an end.
Christians must not give in to the temptation to despair in the face of loud, high-profile opposition to God and the Christian faith. The same is true for us as it was with Elisha, that the sovereign Lord is on the throne, and “those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kgs. 6:16).
Alone among world religions, biblical Christianity acknowledges God as a being totally distinct from His created order. Pagan beliefs and gnostic ideologies seek ways for man to become as God, while Christianity is clear that the chief end of man is to love and glorify God as His image-bearer.
The Christian community is to be counter-cultural and yet we are to live in such a way that our influence is compelling to the world around us.
The Christian Church is counter-cultural and yet we are to live in such a way that our influence is compelling to the world around us.
All of creation is to be cultivated in terms of the lordship of Christ; the gospel of the Kingdom of God has implications for the entire universe, not only to bring us to Heaven when we die
Peace, justice and love are defined for us in God’s Word and by His divine character. Therefore there is a right way to seek after these things and we must be careful to discern it by the application of Scripture.
A truly biblical perspective on war and peace rules out the possibility of pacifism.
Noah was caught up in the sin of drunkenness, and his sons showed their hearts by their responses exposing or covering his shame. God's love for us is demonstrated in the cross of Christ; only God can cover our sin and shame.
God made the rainbow a sign of his covenant that he would never again flood the Earth. Since this sign is visible to all peoples everywhere and through all times then everyone is included in God's covenant and is subsequently either a covenant-keeper or a covenant-breaker.
The common tendency among Christians to avoid so-called political topics is not an act of prudence, but a failure to take seriously the work that God has given us to do in this world.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of Christ’s lordship, and it is only in submission to that Lord that true freedom is found.
The foundation of true education is the truth that man, though fallen and sinful, is made in the image of God the creator and king. Education is a core implication of the gospel truth that Jesus Christ is Lord over all the earth.
At the heart of Ontario’s radical new sex-ed curriculum is the false belief in human autonomy and the perverse claim that children raise themselves. We may deny the reality of sin, but without Christ, can never truly free ourselves from the sense of guilt that accompanies it.
In the face of growing apostasy and hostility to Jesus Christ, we are reminded that God establishes strength and silences His enemies through children, raised on the truth and power of the gospel.
Andrew Sandlin demonstrates that the bedrock assumptions of the most pernicious political vision of our time are actually religious beliefs: an apostasy from the God of the Bible. Defeating that political vision cannot be accomplished without overturning its apostate religious assumptions and recalling people to biblical faithfulness and our covenant-keeping God.
Ever since the first murder of Abel by his brother Cain, sinful man has sought sinful, autonomous ways to atone for his own guilt, while at the same time raging against God by assaulting his fellow man, God's image-bearer.
The proposed Ontario sex-ed curriculum is an attempt to rationalize and normalize sin, and is a scandal upon our children, leading them to stumble.
Worship includes the use of our minds. A Christian cosmology maintains that the laws of nature are only laws because they are God's ordinary way of working. There is no conflict inherent between science and religion.
In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France, it is worthwhile to pause and reflect on some of the early modern origins of freedom; when we forget these, the consequences are dire.
The Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC) exists for the defense, confirmation and vindication of a biblical cosmology affirming the Lordship of the triune God over all life and thought. The great need of our day for God's church is the recovery of a full-orbed gospel and comprehensive faith that recognizes and applies the salvation-victory and lordship of Jesus Christ to all creation: from the family, to education, evangelism, law, church, state and every other sphere.
Our broad thinking of life doesn’t just shape our view of human sexuality. Our view of human sexuality shapes the rest of our thinking. This book is about why the Western sexual worldview has changed, how injurious it has been to our culture, and what Christians can do to reverse it.