2016

The Log of Tribalism

Introduction Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in this series of articles, let’s review where we’ve been and where we’re going. Fueled by a desire to be helpful to our confessional and conservative churches, I’ve... next...

Archaeology: Friend or Foe of Biblical History? Out of Egypt and Into the Wilderness

In previous articles, we have looked at how archaeology can be utilized by Christians who affirm the historicity of the Old Testament events. Though many in our day claim that archaeology causes problems for believers, we have asked whether... next...

Chapter and Verse Divisions in the Bible

Where did the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles come from? When Scripture was originally written, there were no chapter and verse divisions. These man-made additions to our Bibles came much later. It was Stephen Langton, an Archbishop... next...

“I Am the Bread of Life”: A Devotional on John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” —John 6:35 Our focus in this series will be on the seven “I Am” statements... next...

The Fullness of Time - Understanding the Context of Christmas

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son . . .” —Galatians 4:4a For my family, living in a community with a coal-mining heritage has been a new experience. Since we didn’t grow up hearing the... next...

“I Am the Good Shepherd”: A Devotional on John 10:11–30

We are up to our fourth of seven meditations on the seven “I am” statements of Christ in the Gospel of John. In each of these statements, our Lord reveals something about Himself. He has referred to Himself as bread (John 6:35),... next...

Let Them Hear Them

Jesus’ illustration of the rich man and Lazarus in the afterlife brings home the powerful point that the Word of God is authoritative (Luke 16:22–31). The rich man pleads with Abraham to send Lazarus to his family to warn them of... next...

The Dangers of Neglecting the Assembly (or, See You on Sunday!)

“Do we have to go to church today?” This is a question my parents remember me asking more than a few times when I was growing up. I’m sure other parents have heard their own children ask the same question. I certainly have!... next...

The Tongue, Small Yet Great

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look... next...

Reformed Youth Services 2016 Annual Convention

In this twentieth anniversary year of Reformed Youth Services (RYS), the fifteenth annual convention was held at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. The week of July 25–29 brought just short of seven hundred youth, sponsors, speakers,... next...
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