The Blessing of Church History

Sketches from Church History by S.M. Houghton was one of my first books, and certainly my first introduction to church history. What an experience! It is so sad to have lived in the dark all one’s life, only to be suddenly thrust into such a rich and engrossing epic. Beyond an exposure to unfamiliar names…

A Note on the late Gordon Fee and his Book

‘Passionate scholar’ need not be an oxymoron. Gordon Fee, who died on Tuesday at the age of 88, exemplified this in his career and teaching. The book he co-authored, How to Read the Bible for AlI Its Worth (now in its fourth edition), has been very helpful in showing how literary genre, background, and other…

Paul’s Triad: Faith, Hope, and Love

The thirteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians has rightly been called the Love chapter. But it also highlights what may be described as the paradigm of the Christian life. In verse 13 , Paul identifies what has come to be known as the theological virtues. So now faith, hope, and love abide,…

When Peter Wept

Peter had been probably the most confident and outspoken of all the disciples. We see him offering to come to Jesus when he was walking on water while other disciples were afraid (Matthew 14:28). We note his inspired confession of Jesus’s Messiahship and heavenly origin (Mathew 16:16). He was also so certain he would remain…

Joseph’s Tears

“Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.” Genesis 40:14,15 How…

The Quiet Witness of Sarah

In the grand story of God’s redemption, Sarah might not be seen as a significant figure. Of course, she partakes of God’s promise to Abraham as his wife. And she is naturally recognized because it’s through her that the child of promise is born (Genesis 17:21). God also changes her name to indicate her status…

Why Apologetics Matter

Introduction It was probably the book Ready With An Answer, jointly authored by John Ankerberg and John Weldon, which first exposed me to the genre of Christian writing known as apologetics. I had grown up and come to Christ in an environment that had no room for doctrine, theology, or creeds, let alone apologetics. My…