Born to Die: A Video Reflection on the Incarnation

I had the chance to do a little video meditation on Hebrews 2:10–18, paying special regard to its connections with the Christmas season. It’s part of a much longer series of videos featuring many other evangelical teachers—one for each week of the year. And my video is now up for free on Faithlife TV.

I’ve got two others in the series, one on Eph 5:8–14 and one on Psalm 40:1–11. You can buy the whole thing here.

Dr Mark Ward Jr on Sermon Audio

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It took me 35 years and a terminal degree, but a sermon of mine finally made it onto SermonAudio.com.

In God’s providence, I simply have not had much opportunity to preach to adult Christians (I’ve preached several hundred evangelistic messages). It was a genuine thrill to herald the Great Commandments to a precious body of believers in Edmonton, Alberta.

(By the way, I did not supply the title to this message, but it’s pretty good.)

Rob Lister’s Hermeneutical Method

listerIn the opening pages of his God Is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion, Rob Lister pretty well sums up what I try to do every time I preach:

The relevant biblical data needs to be interpreted with a conscious commitment to formulating doctrine in the context of a “hermeneutical spiral”—the interplay between a passage’s narrow and broad canonical contexts, framed by the major parameters of redemptive history.

Wise words.

Kerry McGonigal Launches Preaching Blog

BJU Homiletics professor Kerry McGonigal has just launched a new blog focused on preaching. Kerry knows his stuff, and he preaches what he preaches. (You know what I mean?) So this will be a good one. Sign up right away!

I’m honored to be the designer and hoster of the site.

If you need a website, talk to me.

Related Posts:

  1. A Must-Hear Chapel BJU Message from Kerry
  2. A 1Marks interview I did with Kerry not too long ago

The Parable of the Soils and the (Now Dead?) Lordship Salvation Debate

Isn’t Luke 8 decisive on the question of Lordship salvation?

As I understand it (and I had a little difficulty nailing it down in my research), those who oppose “Lordship salvation”—the Zane Hodges, Charles Ryrie, Grace Evangelical Society side—says that whoever believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved, no matter what they do subsequently. In their view, insisting that a new convert take Jesus as Lord and not just Savior (in other words, demanding repentance) is adding “works” to grace.

But Jesus in Luke 8 is willing to say that people who ultimately fall away did in fact “believe.”

Let me quote the whole passage:

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:4-16)

I preach weekly to people who are living in 1 Corinthians 6 sin and yet say they believe in Jesus. They certainly don’t believe in some other religion; they confess Jesus openly. What good is such a faith? I tell them, with a love they appear to respond to, to repent or face the judgment 1 Corinthians 6:9–10 promises.

Anyone out there on the Hodges/Ryrie side of things care to correct me? I feel like I must be missing something.