Was the Burning in Your Bosom from God?

Thanks to my friend Jason Wallace for producing an excellent video on an important issue pertaining to LDS epistemology. The title of this 14-minute video is, “Was the Burning in Your Bosom from God?” Mormons claim that the truthfulness of their doctrine is confirmed in an individual by an experiential burning in the bosom. This “feeling” is given by the Holy Spirit and, therefore, cannot be questioned. Personally, I believe that most Mormons are sincere when they claim to have this experiential feeling of certitude concerning the trustworthiness of their religion. However, I also believe that they are sincerely wrong. The fact of the matter is that virtually all religions appeal to a spiritual experience or a feeling of certainty to validate their system of beliefs. The problem is that all of these religions teach doctrines that are mutually exclusive and therefore cannot all be right. Anyone with even the slightest amount of intellectual credibility will admit that. Continue reading “Was the Burning in Your Bosom from God?”

The Lord’s Supper

1 Corinthians 11:23-26: 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Where Does the Title “The Lord’s Supper” Come From?

Christians generally use one of three titles to refer to this ordinance: 1) The Lord’s Supper, 2) The Eucharist, and 3) Communion. The first title derives its name from Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 11:20: “When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.” This title connects the ordinance to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He owns, presides, and rules over it. Continue reading “The Lord’s Supper”

Election Day is Over. How Now Shall We Respond?

The election is finally behind us. Donald Trump is president-elect. How should Christians respond? Even if our votes were divided, our response moving forward should be unified. Below are seven ways Christians can respond to election day. Continue reading “Election Day is Over. How Now Shall We Respond?”

Adam, Where Are You?

The Atlantic published an article by Emma Green last week titled, “It’s the Moms who Get Kids to Church: A new study suggests women are the primary models for religious faith in many households.” As the title suggests, the article indicates the moms are out doing dads in having a more prominent and significant influence on the spiritual lives of their children. Relying on studies conducted by Pew Research and Barna, Green begins her article with these words: Continue reading “Adam, Where Are You?”

Understanding the Olivet Discourse

I recently preached five sermons on the Olivet Discourse as recorded in Mark 13 (cf. Mt 24; Lk 21). You can find my take on this hotly disputed passage of Scripture here (weeks 48–52). Whether you agree with my interpretation or not, here are a few major issues that you must wrestle with: Continue reading “Understanding the Olivet Discourse”

Five affirmations to remember during an election year

As we approach November, I think it is fair to say that the media coverage of the presidential race has been both exhaustive and exhausting. Even within the world of evangelicalism, we have received our fair share of election analysis. I am thankful for the fruitful political dialogue that has taken place by evangelical leaders in the public square. These discussions are healthy as we try to bring the Scriptures to bear on our decisions this November. However, the constant drumbeat of political analysis coming out of Christendom can easily give the impression that we Christians ride the coattails of politicians (may it never be!). Amidst the overwhelming amount of evangelical opinions telling us what to do this November, I simply want to articulate five scriptural affirmations that should help shape our collective spirit this election season—and every election season for that matter. At the risk of being labeled “captain obvious,” I think we need to be reminded of the bigger picture every once in a while. So here goes: Continue reading “Five affirmations to remember during an election year”

“Why were our reformers burned?” Reflections on the Lord’s Supper

Throughout Church history the Lord’s Supper has been celebrated as a sacred meal by churches of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians in every generation have rightly understood the gospel-centeredness of the meaning of the bread and the wine. Indeed, to distort the Lord’s Supper is to distort the gospel. We need look no further than the English reformers to discover a generation of Christians who refused to relinquish the biblical meaning of the Lord’s Supper, even at the expense of their own lives. Continue reading ““Why were our reformers burned?” Reflections on the Lord’s Supper”

Men of whom the world is not worthy: Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer

Hebrews 13:7: “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer were among the most notable English reformers during the 16th century. The story of their martyrdom under the reign of Queen Mary is nothing short of inspiring. Their unflinching resolve to die for Christ exemplifies the type of faithfulness every believer hopes to embody if called to endure the same test. J.C. Ryle the details of their execution in his book Five English Reformers: Continue reading “Men of whom the world is not worthy: Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer”

What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?

What religion would Jesus belong to? This was the question posed by Nicholas Kristof in an op-ed piece published in the New York Times on September 3, 2016. Kristof argues that if Jesus were alive today, he would not endorse the type of Christianity reflected in many conservative evangelical churches—a Christianity that emphasizes the importance of theological convictions and doctrinal clarity. Instead, Kristof suggests that the Jesus we meet in the Gospels was less concerned with a “system of beliefs” and more concerned with compassion and service to the needy. Kristof appeals to Brian McLaren’s new book, The Great Spiritual Migration where McLaren argues that modern-day Christianity has migrated away from the religion founded by Jesus: Continue reading “What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?”

Do we need temples today? (Final post in this series)

This is my final blog post in this series examining the question, “Do we need temples today?” If you have been following this series, then you know that we have traced the temple theme through the pages of scripture from the Garden of Eden to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Here is a brief summary of the ground we have covered so far. Continue reading “Do we need temples today? (Final post in this series)”