• No Peace but a Sword by Joel Kim

    The disciples of Jesus, like their Jewish contemporaries, believed that when the Messiah came, he would come as the “Prince of Peace,” bringing political freedom and material prosperity (Isa. 9:6–7; Zech. 9:10). Moreover, Jesus taught them that peacemakers were indeed …Read More

  • Not One Jot or Tittle by Brandon Crowe

    Matthew 5:17–18 is a key text for interpreting the Sermon on the Mount and the entire gospel of Matthew:

    Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish …Read More

  • The Hard Book by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    I do not, in the least, disagree with the editors’ decision this month to address a series of hard sayings of Jesus. In fact, I think it a good decision. Years ago, when I was actively involved in planning Renewing …Read More

  • Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds That of the Pharisees by Kevin Gardner

    Jesus was severe with the Pharisees, calling them “whitewashed tombs” (Matt. 23:27), “hypocrites” (Mark 7:6), and sons of the devil (John 8:44). And yet, in Matt. 5:20, He points to them as He raises the bar for righteousness: “For I …Read More

  • Against the Law by Mark Jones

    There are few theological aberrations more difficult to define than antinomianism. Some simply look at the etymology of the word and conclude that antinomians are against (anti) God’s law (nomos). Others are a bit more specific, suggesting that antinomians are …Read More

  • Delighting in Our Duty by Burk Parsons

    When we think of the law of God, the first thing that should come to mind is love—God’s love for us as fallen sinners, directing us to love Him, enjoy Him, and glorify Him. God’s law is a gracious gift …Read More

  • The Gospel and Stewardship by Donald Whitney

    Stewardship is the care and management of that which belongs to another. while we often speak of things as “ours,” the reality is that all that we have and all we are belongs to another — God. As the Apostle …Read More

  • Evangelism and the Gospel by Donald Whitney

    It does little good to encourage people to discipline themselves to evangelize if they do not know the gospel. Try this experiment in your church, class, or small group to reveal one’s level of preparedness to share the gospel. Distribute …Read More

  • The Gospel and Worship by Donald Whitney

    There may be nothing in the realm of religion by which people vainly attempt to establish their acceptability to God more than by acts of public or private worship. As a result, worship can degrade into one of the most …Read More

  • The Gospel and Prayer by Donald Whitney

    Because I teach and write about spirituality, occasionally I’m asked to comment on scientific studies about the efficacy of prayer. The research always seems to include the assumption that one person’s prayers are essentially as acceptable as another’s. One of …Read More