Rediscovering the Lord’s Day

Rediscovering the Lord’s Day

It is not merely as a beautiful theory, a mere dogma, that we should consider Christ as God and Creator. Every doctrine of the Bible is for our practical benefit and should be studied for that purpose. Let us first see what relation this doctrine sustains to the central commandment of the law of God. In Genesis 2:1-3 we find these words closing the

The Ultimate Sacrifice

The Ultimate Sacrifice

No one goes into marriage thinking tragedy will strike them. No one enters nuptials with even the thought that they will undergo pain. And no one stands at the altar thinking that their vows will be tested so early into their marriage. Yet for Ben and I, this is exactly what happened. At only twenty-four, our marriage was put through the fire, and

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

"Hello. My name is Timothy Arena, and I’m a sinaholic. I’m addicted to sin. I was born that way, and I will be that way until I die or Jesus comes." This may sound strange and even heretical to some—but I hope that you will see from what follows here that it is not. When I refer to my sin addiction (or anyone else's), I’m not referring to the overt

The Selfishness of Salvation

The Selfishness of Salvation

You’d probably be hard-pressed to find a person who thinks it’s acceptable for a Christian to be selfish. Selfishness is the antithesis to Christianity, implicitly at odds with it. Even non-Christians recognize this and are often quick to point out when the life of a Christian contradicts this principle. This idea is, of course, underscored repeate

Take It to the Bank!

Take It to the Bank!

When my grandfather died, I was in my early twenties. During his final illness, I flew from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and met up with my brother in Atlanta, Georgia. From there we flew nonstop to Puerto Rico. Once we arrived we went directly to the hospital where he was. I remember seeing a shadow of a man in a hospital bed who didn’t look like my gr

Why the Investigative Judgment Matters

Why the Investigative Judgment Matters

Another question that was raised by the Spectrum article mentioned above is why the individual Christian should care about doctrines like the Investigative Judgment (IJ), the Sanctuary, 1844, etc. Here are some of those reasons: 1. An understanding the Old Testament sanctuary service provides strong confirmation that the Classical Arminian perspect

How Adventism Ended the Gospel Wars

How Adventism Ended the Gospel Wars

You might think that, although Christians disagree on a lot of topics, they at least agree on the central theme of their religion: the gospel. But no such luck. You have Calvinism on the one side, Arminianism on the other, and an entire spectrum of options in between. And that’s just within Protestantism. The Catholic and Orthodox churches as well

No, You Can’t

No, You Can’t

I’ve been reading through Steps to Christ again (for the hundredth time) lately, and last week I noticed a word that kept popping up repeatedly. Intrigued by the thought, I decided to search how many times the word was used in the small book and the context in which it was used. What I discovered was fascinating. And critical. The word is “cannot,”

Welcome, Jesus!

Welcome, Jesus!

The New Testament opens up with the genealogy of Jesus and a summary of Joseph’s role in the reception of Jesus as Messiah. Presumably, genealogies are some of the least interesting passages in Scripture. Often we give them a cursory read or skip them altogether, yet upon close study they prove to be repositories of rich theological insights. Have