God’s Final Sentence and Judgment

All Scripture points to the suffering of Christ Jesus. As Jesus says (Luke 24:46-47), Scripture holds up a picture of […]
September 19, 2017 by Donavon Riley

Who’s Your Canaanite?

When I was a kid on the playground we would get into rather vicious games of four square, kickball, and […]
August 24, 2017 by Dr. Daniel Deen

One Victim, One Trauma, One Violent Death

What is it about modern American society that is so dispiriting to people? Even at home, there are great stresses […]
August 15, 2017 by Donavon Riley

True Saving Faith Is ‘Blasphemous’

The little girl finds out that her dad is dying of cancer having months to live. A perfectly happy, strong […]

Jesus Is The Only Picture of God’s Salvific Power We Get

The apostle writes that, “God’s power is made complete in weakness.” In the Bible, we’re taught that God’s cruciform grace […]

The Shanty Christ Across the Tracks

Years ago I attended a big, splashy wedding that was rumored to set the bride’s father back tens of thousands […]
June 01, 2017 by Chad Bird

Our Strength and Song

Because salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone, there will be some surprises when, at the Last […]
May 23, 2017 by Donavon Riley

The Lord’s Dogs Aren’t Too Proud to Beg

Whew! Jesus had nerve. Ask ten pastors and you’ll get ten pastors who’ll tell you they’d never speak to dear […]

God’s Not Angry At You

Recently, a young woman said to me, “I know I’ve disappointed God. I know I can never do anything for […]
May 03, 2017 by Donavon Riley

The Great Eucatastrophe

J.R.R. Tolkien was a philologist in the fullest sense of the word. Words were his livelihood, and one of his […]