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It seems obvious that sins aren’t all equal. Let me put it this way: If your neighbor coveted your possessions, that’s a sin. If your neighbor hired a U-Haul, threw all your stuff in the back, and drove away, that’s a...

A good rule of thumb is to always interpret obscure passages of Scripture through the lens of clear ones. And that's especially helpful when answering the question, "Did Jesus go to hell after his death?" As I share above, Christ's words...

Scripture is very clear about the nature and existence of hell. But as I shared above, hell isn't something God delights in–it’s a warning meant to drive a sinful world into His merciful and loving arms. For more biblical resources and...

In a lot of ways, worship music reflects the culture of the day. But what ultimately matters is the attitude of your heart and the object of your praise. As I share above, it’s important to not turn our worship preferences...

People who are deeply interested in the debate over creation vs. evolution have spent years discussing the absolute answer to this question: Did God really create heaven, earth, and everything in it in seven 24-hour days? Galileo said, “The Bible tells...

Watch above as I share more about why a good God allows evil in the world. So many people wrestle with the problem of evil. After all, if God is good, then why do bad things happen? This tension between divine goodness...

Forgiveness isn’t ever an easy decision. And a lot of the time, even after we think we’ve forgiven someone, we can still be angry. But no matter how difficult it may be, offering genuine forgiveness is the only way to...

Whether it’s what movies to watch, what songs to listen to, or any other number of choices, determining the godliness of a decision depends on one simple question… Does this glorify Christ, or does it gratify my sinful desires? As I share...

​ When we hit rough patches in our relationship with God, it’s tempting to stop dead in our tracks. But the key to reigniting your faith is never to the side or behind – it’s always on the path in front...

​ The Puritans had a saying: “The same sun that melts the ice hardens the clay.” In other words, God offers the same love to every man and woman on earth, but their response is what reveals the condition of their...

In some ways, the Bible can be viewed as a series of important meals. From that first fateful meal the Garden of Eden that ushered sin into the world...

Many people quote the Bible as saying, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13, KJV). But if this is taken at face value, then no Christian military member should enter into armed combat, no Christian police officer should carry a gun,...