For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:13-15 ESV) I have always struggled to understand this passage. I have read some very good … Continue reading Saved Through Childbearing?: Kostenberger’s View of 1 Tim 2:13-15
In Genesis 24, Abraham decides that it is time for his beloved son Isaac to have a wife. Now, in Abraham's day, as in some places in the world still today, marriages were "arranged" by the families of the bride and groom. So, like all good dads of his time and place in history, Abraham arranged … Continue reading Priorities in Finding A Godly Spouse from Genesis 24
Joy is a central theme in the book of Philippians. There are 15 explicit references to some form of either the noun “joy” (chara in Greek) or the verb “rejoice” (chairo) in this short letter. Paul prays for the Philippian believers with joy (chara) because of their partnership with him in the gospel. (1:4-5) He rejoices (chairo) … Continue reading The Theme of Joy in Philippians
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4 ESV) Always rejoice? Always? How is it possible to rejoice even in the most difficult of times? For the believer in Christ, I want to argue that this is essential. And I want to show that what makes it possible is the phrase … Continue reading Rejoice in the Lord Always?
According to Ephesians 5:22-33 and 1 Peter 2:13-3:7, God created marriage to be a sweet picture of the Gospel in action. Therefore, the goal of biblical counseling with married couples is to, by God’s Spirit, point them to the Gospel and its magnificent implications for marriage. In that regard, I highly recommend and use each … Continue reading Ten Gospel-Centered Books on Marriage
Self-injury (sometimes called "cutting") is the intentional infliction of injury to self without the aid of another person for the purpose of venting anger or self-justification. The intent is typically not suicidal. The self-injurer wants to live, but is simply trying to cope with extreme self-hate or anger. Although cutting the skin is the most … Continue reading Helping the Student Who Self-Injures
Do People Truly Understand the Gospel? As a biblical counselor in private practice in the Bible belt, I have the privilege of extolling to individuals, couples, families, and teenagers every day the beauty of the gospel of Christ and its profound, life changing implications for their lives. And, sadly, what I am learning is that … Continue reading The Explicit Gospel