• The Growth of Wheat among the Tares by George Grant

    Just as Jesus promised, the gospel has gone forth to the uttermost, the church is growing exponentially, and the hope of all the earth is now actually being made manifest to the ends of the earth. In the most difficult …Read More

  • Jesus’ Mission to the Lost: Luke 15 by Thomas Schreiner

    When reading Luke 15, it is easy to forget the context , especial ly when reading the parable of the prodigal son. The chapter opens with the Pharisees and scribes criticizing Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners (vv. …Read More

  • The Loving Father by Allan Murray

    God is love” (1 John 4:8). He is also Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three persons, yet one God. We must never lose sight of the oneness of God, yet we relate to each of the persons in a different way. …Read More

  • The Prodigal Son by David Murray

    Sadly, I can write about the prodigal son from personal experience. Happily, I can write about the prodigal son from personal experience. Come with me inside the head and heart of this young man and hear his thoughts and words …Read More

  • The Prodigal Son(s) and Church Discipline by Scotty Smith

    Providence reigns, even over editorial requests. When asked to offer pastoral insights on church discipline in light of the story of the prodigal son, little did I realize where this assignment would take me both spiritually and emotionally. Listening to …Read More

  • The Story of Two Older Brothers by John Sartelle

    Self-righteousness cannot exist without producing an attitude of moral superiority, a lack of mercy, and a joyless servitude. The elder brother of the prodigal in Jesus’ parable is a living picture of these characteristics that always suckle at the breast …Read More

  • Evangelizing the World by Lane Keister

    All people are supposed to hear the good news of Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected from the dead. Not only are all people supposed to hear that salvation has been accomplished in history, they are to hear that any who repent …Read More

  • The Good Soil by Michael Glodo

    Can this dirt grow corn?” One cold, blustery, wet Midwestern spring morning I found myself kneeling in a vast, empty field on the expansive central Illinois plain. With a dozen or so fellow geography classmates, I was picking up handfuls …Read More

  • The Thorns by Robert Rothwell

    The greater Miami area, where I was born and raised, is one of the most developed regions in the entire state of Florida. There are hardly any wilderness areas left in the midst of the urban sprawl, but every so …Read More

  • The Wayside and the Rocks by Dan Doriani

    Matthew 13 begins with three words: “that same day.” They summon us to connect the parable of the sower to the controversy described in the previous passage. Troubles began when Jesus healed a man rendered blind and mute by demonic …Read More