The Incarnation and High Priestly Ministry of Jesus


“Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
(Hebrews 2:17-18)

Several of the earliest controversies and key battles in church history were over Christ’s divine and human natures. One of the classic texts to explain why Jesus Christ had to become fully man is Hebrews 2:17-18. Essentially, He came so that He might perform priestly service before God on man’s behalf. Through this priestly ministry, Jesus propitiated—or turned aside—God’s wrath against man’s sin. The classic explanation of this doctrine was given by Anselm of Canterbury nine hundred years ago in his towering work Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man). READ MORE

5 Ways the Holy Spirit Helps Us


“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”
(John 14:16)

Who is the Holy Spirit and how exactly does He help us? Sometimes, we refer to the Holy Spirit as some nebulous spirit being that just hovers around to lead us this way and that. But Jesus is very clear: the Spirit is so much more. He is our real and necessary helper and advocate, sent to assist us in living the Christian life.

In a recent staff devotional, we read the following quote from Tim Keller’s Encounters with Jesus on the role of the Holy Spirit: READ MORE

7 Ways You Can Pray for the Persecuted


When members of the body of Christ suffer, the whole body suffers together (1 Cor 12:26). Even if we are geographically removed from those being persecuted, we can still draw near to them spiritually: "Remember the prisoners, as though in prison … READ MORE

Have a Theology Question?


Do you have a theology question? Perhaps you have a question about the doctrine of the Trinity? Or about the role of Satan? Or what the Bible says about heaven and hell? Or maybe you have a question related to the Bible and science? Blue … READ MORE

Reflections on #TGCW14: “an adult version of VBS—in a delightful way!”


I venture to say that most of us have either participated in a Vacation Bible School, or we are at least familiar with this popular and exciting summertime event. These Bible-based camps generally include people we know, as well as some new faces … READ MORE

Spurgeon: Our God Sings


"The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17 The following is taken from a sermon by Charles Spurgeon … READ MORE