• Does God Necessarily Exist?

    John 1:1–5

    The god of the philosophers is not the God of the Bible. We worship and serve no abstract First Cause but a loving Father. Yet, we also know that our loving God is the self-sufficient origin of all things. Praise ...Read More

  • Embracing the Truth

    Examine your own life: Are you tempted to embrace the thought patterns of the secular world in order to be modern and relevant in your thinking? Are you living an empty, discontent faith in monastic isolation?Read More

  • Fearing God

    Ecclesiastes 11-12

    Patience is a key virtue in the Christian life because of our need to take a long view of things. It can be difficult to remain faithful in suffering or to spend hours ministering with little visible return. When we ...Read More

  • Gnosticism

    2 John 7

    The early church rejected Gnosticism, but certain aspects of Greek thought linger even today. Many believe our bodies are just shells for our souls — the “real” us. Yet though our souls are with the Lord at death, we are incomplete ...Read More

  • Hedonism

    Ecclesiastes 2:1–11

    Hedonism tends to say that the only pleasure worth having is sensual in nature. It is ultimately a futile pursuit, as Solomon says in today’s passage. We are made to have a relationship with an infinite being, and therefore ...Read More

  • Human Philosophies

    Colossians 2:8

    God prescribed food laws and other ritualistic observances for old covenant Israel, so we know that these practices are not inherently evil. They only become wrong when they become ends in themselves (1 Sam. 15:22–23). We might not ...Read More

  • Irenaeus of Lyons

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    Today’s passage is very important for our doctrine of Scripture. If the prophets and apostles are the foundation of the church, then their writings are the final court of appeal for belief and practice. We should also not expect ...Read More

  • Judgment Day in Athens

    Acts 17:22–34

    Paul asserts all kinds of common ground with the Greeks. Paul does not confuse common ground with neutral ground. At every point, the Greeks have misinterpreted this common ground because they suppress the truth. They must repent and change. Don ...Read More

  • Logos

    John 1:1–18

    The idea that God is personal is a radical one indeed. Ultimate reality in Hinduism and Buddhism is impersonal. Islam and Judaism know something of a personal God due to the influence of the Bible on Muhammad and the rabbis ...Read More

  • Marcion’s Challenge

    1 Corinthians 10:1–6

    Most professing Christians today would not think of altering the biblical text, but there is a widespread, often unspoken belief that the God of the Old Testament became nicer in the New Testament. But the God revealed in both testaments ...Read More

  • Montanism

    Ephesians 4:4–6

    Even today there is a tendency to distinguish between different kinds of believers in some corners of the church. We hear of “Spirit-filled” and “non-Spirit-filled” Christians. Some also make a distinction between “carnal” and “spiritual” believers. But all those who ...Read More

  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    Ecclesiastes 1:9

    As we begin our study of Ecclesiastes, take some time today to consider where you have turned to solve the basic questions of life. Before you knew Jesus, where did you look for meaning? Where do you look for meaning ...Read More

  • Philosophy and Superstition

    Acts 17:16–21

    The idea of all the world being a part of God, or participating in deity, is common in New Age thinking. Perhaps this view is popular in the West because it is so democratic, all things sharing equally in divinity ...Read More

  • Positivism

    Psalm 19

    Many scientists say that a Creator does not exist or that there is no way of knowing if He exists because we cannot see, hear, taste, touch, or smell Him. Today’s passage, however, states that there is empirical evidence ...Read More

  • Pragmatism

    Luke 14:25–33

    The corrupting influences of pragmatism are seen even in the church. “Seeker-sensitive” worship can increase attendance without ever seeing the congregation grow to maturity. Churches targeting specific ages or lifestyles might attract a lot of people from these groups and ...Read More