I don’t think you need me to convince you that suffering is an inevitable part of life. Instinctively and experientially, we know that suffering is unavoidable, and that means we ought to listen when the Bible speaks directly about suffering.
Recently my Bible reading plan took me through the book of Judges. Judges 2:10 and 2:11 describe a link between the idolatry of God’s people and the sin of God’s people.
2020 might be remembered as the year of the groan. Every time we turn on the TV or check our phones, there’s another reason to groan.
What motivates a regular pastor? What drives him to stand in the pulpit, week after week, proclaiming biblical truth?
Regular pastors are tempted to chase a number of ministry goals. These goals can include platform building, a strong social media presence, denominational recognition, publishing contracts, speaking invitations, and even quasi-celebrity status.
Any student of the Bible knows the treasure of doctrine that is found on the pages of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. However, Romans also contains a remarkable amount of personal correspondence. While our theological formulations may come from the doctrinal portions of the book, Paul’s personal correspondence offers a beautiful description of Christian ministry.