• Giving Caesar His Due

    Matthew 22:15–22

    Our Lord’s teaching is a useful principle for understanding when it is lawful to obey the state. As long as it does not claim for itself the rights that appropriately belong to God, Christians must obey the ruling authorities. This ...Read More

  • Divorce and Adultery

    Matthew 5:31–32

    John Calvin reminds us that “the bond of marriage is too sacred to be dissolved at the will, or rather at the licentious pleasure, of men.” Many issues can drive spouses to despair and contemplate an unbiblical divorce. That is ...Read More

  • An Ark of Gopher Wood

    Genesis 6:14–16

    As we trust on the Messiah who has already come, the Old Testament saints trusted on God’s promise of the One who would come. Noah was saved because of the work of Christ, the goal of the covenant God made ...Read More

  • The Handmaiden of Theology

    Colossians 3:16

    Not every traditional hymn is good simply because it is old, and not every contemporary song is unfit for worship simply because it is new. There are bad traditional songs, and there are edifying contemporary songs. Our goal in worship ...Read More

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    Ecclesiastes 3:11a

    Although the subject is always deeply involved in any encounter with the arts, we must recognize that there is one ultimate standard of beauty—the Lord Himself. Scripture often speaks of the “beauty of the Lord” (Ps. 27:4), and we dare ...Read More

  • Raised Up to New Life

    Colossians 3:1-4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “No one can rise again with Christ, if he has not first died with him.” If we would enjoy the new life that fuels our sanctification and grants us imperishable bodies, we must die ...Read More

  • Genuine Conversion

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    The way to life is the way of death—death to sin and self. Only if we first die to sin can we be raised to new life and become new creatures in Christ. This happens decisively at conversion, but the ...Read More

  • The Curse of the Law

    Galatians 3:10

    Martin Luther comments on Galatians 2:17 that God’s law “requires perfect obedience unto God, and condemns all those who do not accomplish the same,” and on 3:10 he says that to follow God’s commandments is not to do them “in ...Read More

  • Striving Toward God’s Rest

    Hebrews 4:11

    It is easy to trust God when everything is going our way. Difficult times and difficult people make it harder to maintain this same trust. God brings trials into our lives to wean us from trust in ourselves and make ...Read More

  • David Hood

    1 Samuel 22

    When stress comes in major doses, it is not unusual for us to forget truths that may be quite precious to us—truths such as God’s unfailing love for us, His goodness, and His unvarying purpose to sanctify us. Ironically, it ...Read More