The Final Authority

Michael Andres

Read: 1 Corinthians 4:6-7 Do not go beyond what is written. (v. 6 NIV) When buying a car, you may look to CARFAX, Consumer Reports, or your mechanic to make a good decision. But when forming our deepest and most significant beliefs about God and life, what sources are most reliable? Jesus founded his ministry on Scripture. He was its …

God the Good Communicator

Michael Andres

Read: Psalm 119:129-136 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. (v. 130) Children are skilled at selective listening, pretending not to hear their parents’ instruction. Yet so are we. Despite some of our claims not to understand, the Bible’s central story is clear. However, in the Middle Ages the Bible was not yet translated …

Power of the Word

Michael Andres

Read: Hebrews 1:1-3 Sustaining all things by his powerful word. (v. 3 NIV) Emile Cailliet was an agnostic during World War I who had a strange longing for “a book that would understand me.” He attempted to fulfill this longing by compiling an anthology of quotations meaningful to him, but when he read it he was gravely disappointed. Though Cailliet …

How to Reform Our Story

Michael Andres

Read: Romans 11:33-36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. (v. 36) Imagine that your church has become run down. The congregation is hungry for God, yet some pastors are just in it for the money or clueless about the Bible. There have been scandals among top denominational leaders and …

Justice and Peace

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 42:7-17 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. (v. 10) Throughout the Bible, the Lord insists that he is a God of justice—a God who restores goodness to creation. The suffering of Job, a righteous man, seems to contradict God’s own claims. Still, God promises “to bind up the brokenhearted, …