The Believer’s Three Callings, Part 3

The Believer’s Three Callings, Part 3

Dominion in Proper Context In the previous articles in this series, I discussed the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and argued that these were two of the three things God has called us to do. The Great Commandment, with a focus on loving our neighbor, means...
The Believer’s Three Callings, Part 3

The Believer’s Three Callings, Part 2

In the previous article, I argued that a fully-formed biblical worldview recognizes three callings on the life of the believer: the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, and the Cultural Mandate. Of these, the Great Commandment is the most important, and the other...
The Believer’s Three Callings, Part 3

The Believer’s Three Callings, Part 1

When evangelical Christians think about God’s purpose for the church and for their lives, they often think almost entirely in terms of evangelism. Growing in personal integrity and holiness of life also fits in, but sharing the Gospel is frequently seen as the single...
Romans 7: A Struggle with Sin

Romans 7: A Struggle with Sin

How do you deal with indwelling sin? Whereas the first part of Romans looks at the problem of sin and the solution of justification, Romans 6–8 moves into the idea of sanctification. Sanctification means becoming more and more in our practice who we are in...
Romans 7: A Struggle with Sin

1 Samuel 8: Hope for the Future

Have you ever wished you could change the ending of a story? First Samuel 8 recounts one of those stories we wish we could change; it is not a story that goes well. Samuel’s sons have forsaken the way of the Lord, and, as a result, the people of Israel reject them as...