Grace to You

  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Freedom of True Discipleship”
    The only thing postmodernists are certain about is that nobody can be certain about anything. That idea isn’t only a logical fallacy. It’s also antithetical to the teaching of Jesus Christ. He promised that His true disciples “will know the truth, and the truth will make [them] free” (John 8:32, emphasis added). We weren’t meant to live lives of wavering confidence and vague certainty. Christ promised fixed and settled knowledge of the truth—concerning both Himself and our status as His disciples—to all who belong to Him. From a biblical perspective, authentic Christianity is synonymous with true discipleship. In fact, “Christian” was a term... Read more »
  • Rationality Without the Rationalism
    The world changed when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. From a practical perspective, the physical barrier separating communism from capitalism had been removed. But the worldview shift it signified had far greater ramifications for all of us. That momentous event in Germany sounded the death knell for modernism. Modernism is the worldview that spawned almost every evil ideology that dominated the twentieth century: Darwinism, Marxism, fascism, atheism, theological liberalism, you name it. Science was enshrined, the miraculous denied, and human reason deified. It was the age of rationalism. But the trail of disasters and dead bodies was impossible to ignore. Postmodernism... Read more »
  • Modernity to Postmodernity: From Bad to Worse
    We rejoice when evil dictators are brought to justice. But all too often it creates a void waiting to be filled by an even worse ruler. The same can be said for worldviews as well. The fall of one dominant secular philosophy invariably paves the way for an even more ungodly belief system to follow. The demise of modernism as a worldview is certainly a clear illustration of this. Modernism Modernity, in simple terms, was characterized by the belief that truth exists and that the scientific method is the only reliable way to determine that truth. In the so-called modern era, most academic... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Why Biblical Christianity Is Intolerant in an Age of Tolerance”
    The world has enshrined tolerance as perhaps the greatest of all virtues. This new zeitgeist suppresses all who would call anything wrong or sinful. Exclusive truth claims appear to be headed for rapid extinction in this new world order. As Christians who worship “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6, emphasis added), we find ourselves increasingly unwelcome in the age of tolerance. Some are surprised and disturbed by these developments. They think it is the church’s job to present a redefined Jesus—one who can be welcomed into the postmodern world as a way and a truth.  But as John MacArthur... Read more »
  • No God, No Truth (Know God, Know Truth)
    Truth has no meaning apart from God. Truth cannot be adequately explained, recognized, understood, or defined without God as the source. Since He alone is eternal and self-existent and He alone is the creator of all else, He is the fountain of all truth. If you don’t believe that, try defining truth without reference to God, and see how quickly all such definitions fail. The moment you begin to ponder the essence of truth, you are brought face-to-face with the requirement of a universal absolute—the eternal reality of God. Conversely, the whole concept of truth instantly becomes nonsense as soon as you... Read more »
  • Can Truth Survive in a Postmodern Society?
    Is truth subjective? Does it hinge on our preferences and perspective? Many today would answer yes to both questions. That’s why most social media platforms today are weighed down with endless debates that boil down to “my truth” versus “your truth.” But that kind of relativism is nothing new. It merely echoes the ancient question that Pontius Pilate asked of Jesus: “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Where, after all, does the concept of truth come from, and why is it so basic to all human thought? Every idea we have, every relationship we cultivate, every belief we cherish, every fact we know,... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Creating Shade for Your Children, Part 1”
    Those of us who grew up in a hot and dry climate know the value of tall, established trees. Their canopies are a glorious and desirable haven from the blazing desert sun. Those great trees are a profound reminder of an earlier generation who planted them with foresight for our present benefit. In his sermon “Creating Shade for Your Children, Part 1” John MacArthur sees a clear parallel between that kind of planting and biblical parenting. Families are the unit that passes on truth and righteousness from generation to generation. Families are the units that provide discipline and instruction, and therefore create... Read more »
  • Hermeneutics for Parenting: Teach the Word
    I vividly remember the first time I laid my eyes on each of my four children, and the joy that rushed over me. Each time that joy was followed quickly by the humbling weight of responsibility. If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt experienced the same mix of emotions. Children are beautiful gifts from God. The Lord also blesses us as parents with a charge—a stewardship—to care for them and train them up in a way that honors Him. Over the past few days, we’ve looked at the hermeneutics of parenting—the process by which we take the truth of God from... Read more »
  • Hermeneutics for Parenting: Obey the Word
    When it comes to training and influencing your kids, it’s true that “more is caught than taught.” Especially in the formative years, your children are going to learn at least as much from what you do as what you say. You’ve no doubt seen this in the way your children mimic your mannerisms, habits, and (painful as it is to admit) your sins. Knowing the importance of our example in shaping our children, we’re going to continue our look at hermeneutics for parenting—taking truth from God’s Word and apply it to your children—by turning our attention to the crucial step... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Crucial Lessons for a Wise Father”
    How are you doing serving in the mission field under your own roof? For those of us with children, we have a solemn biblical responsibility to evangelize them—“to train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6). The nature of evangelism in the Christian home is unique. We don’t hold crusades for our children nor do we part ways after the gospel has been proclaimed. We are called to invest our lives into years of relentless discipleship. As God commanded Israel: These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently... Read more »