Can I Have an Alcoholic Drink or Smoke a Cigar as a Christian?

The answer to this question is yes and no. Before we dive into the Scriptures on this matter, let me say at the beginning that I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, seek to obey Christ as King in all of life, and I have a box of cigars in my office that I goContinue reading “Can I Have an Alcoholic Drink or Smoke a Cigar as a Christian?”

The Trinity: A Biblical Foundation for Understanding the Triune God

There is not a more important doctrine within the Christian faith that is more mysterious to so many than the doctrine of the Trinity. However, I am convinced that God has not intended Christians to be puzzled about the nature of who God is. It is true that we in our finite minds will neverContinue reading “The Trinity: A Biblical Foundation for Understanding the Triune God”

COVID-19, Depression, and the Danger of Isolation

๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—. I hate what it does to people physically, but I hate even more what it has done to people ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ and ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ. As a Christian, I believe all people are made imago Dei, made in the image of the Triune God who exists eternally not in isolation, but in community within HimselfContinue reading “COVID-19, Depression, and the Danger of Isolation”

The Great Gospel Truth of Assurance

Can Christians have assurance of salvation? Yes, because the God who grants saving faith is able to sustain saving faith toward those whom He has graciously redeemed. Assurance is rooted in the Giver of faith, not the recipient of faith. Christians are to make every effort to confirm our calling and election (2 Peter 1:10),Continue reading “The Great Gospel Truth of Assurance”

Are There Apostles and Prophets Today?

In Ephesians 4:11-13, the apostle Paul states, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son ofContinue reading “Are There Apostles and Prophets Today?”

“It is finished” – A Theological Study of the Atonement of Jesus Christ

As I am writing this blog, today’s date is Friday, April 2nd, 2021. More importantly, today is known as “Good Friday” where Christians around the world are celebrating and giving special attention to the death of Jesus on the cross. The cross is central to Christianity and the gospel. In fact, the cross is theContinue reading ““It is finished” – A Theological Study of the Atonement of Jesus Christ”

What is the Gospel?

Christians believe the gospelย โ€œis the power of God for salvation to everyone who believesโ€ย (Romans 1:16). But what do Christians mean when they say the โ€œgospelโ€, โ€œthe gospel of Jesus Christโ€, or โ€œthe gospel of Godโ€? The โ€œgospelโ€ means โ€œgood newsโ€. More specifically, the gospel is the good news about Jesus! The apostle Paul tells theContinue reading “What is the Gospel?”

5 Reflections from a Year of COVID-19

It is March 2021, which means we have now gone through an entire year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Like you, living in a pandemic has taught me some valuable lessons. I would like to share 5 of them here. 1. Community is Essential As a case manager workingContinue reading “5 Reflections from a Year of COVID-19”

Understanding Biblical Dual Citizenship

Dual Citizenship What does dual citizenship mean? Glad you asked! Dual citizenship means that an individual is an active citizen of two countries and shares in the responsibilities and privileges of both. The most common ways dual citizenship is achieved is by, for example, being born in the United States to immigrant parents. Or, beingContinue reading “Understanding Biblical Dual Citizenship”

Sermon Manuscript: Matthew 11:25-30 – “The Heart of Christ for Weary Sinners”

Introduction Greeting Transition: I invite you to take your copy of Godโ€™s Word and turn to Matthew 11:25-30.  In Scripture, the heart is the center for spiritual, physical, and mental life for human beings. The heart represents the person as a whole. Biblically, who you are at heart is who you are at the deepestContinue reading “Sermon Manuscript: Matthew 11:25-30 – “The Heart of Christ for Weary Sinners””

A Field Guide for Engaging Social Media as a Christian

Scriptural Guide The Bible is not silent on how Christians ought to engage socially. Here are some primary texts of Scripture that are my guiding focus as I consider how Christians ought to engage social media: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, thatContinue reading “A Field Guide for Engaging Social Media as a Christian”

We are all on the Naughty List

Since I was a little child, I can remember parents, teachers, and other elders that I respected in my life urging me to behave well throughout the year (oddly, it enhanced after Thanksgiving) so that I would not end up on Santa’s naughty list come Christmas Day. I do not think I realized what thisContinue reading “We are all on the Naughty List”

Three Truths to Remind Yourself on Election Day 2020

Election Day is finally here. As we await the results of the polls in who will be our next president of the United States for the next four years, may we remind ourselves these three truths: Voting is a Gift of Grace – I hope if you have the ability to vote that you wouldContinue reading “Three Truths to Remind Yourself on Election Day 2020”