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 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Real hope needed in a hurting world

One thing preachers are good at is stating the obvious, about five weeks after everyone has already realized it. Here’s my contribution: If we are...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Forgiveness not an easy topic

If God is so kind and patient, why does he need to have some innocent man die naked on a cross to forgive our sins? If God is really as loving as you...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    May 20, 2020

Secession: Biblical wisdom of moving on

Sometimes the best thing to do is walk away. Stop throwing pearls to the swine, as Jesus said. When the arguments have all been had, and...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    May 6, 2020

Jesus opposed the wicked rulers

File this under, “If I had a nickel for every time…” I have stressed that the Bible does not teach the people of God to shut up and do what...

 

Love does no harm to anyone

You’ve probably been confronted with those hypothetical, impossible, moral quandaries that force you into having to choose between two horrific...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    April 8, 2020

Big storms reveal our foundations

When the weather is nice, you can live in a house founded on sand. It’s when the rain falls, and the ground trembles, that you are forced to...

 

Jesus has eyes like flame of fire

In his letter to the pastor and people in the church at Thyatira, Jesus describes himself as, “the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of...

 

Kingdom a place for 'Nones' and 'Dones'

You’ve heard the old joke about the dog who loved to chase cars until the day he caught one. This may speak to why God has allowed Christianity to...

 

Kingdom includes more than our hearts

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” I would guess this line is repeated in prayer about a billion times a day, all...

 

Geneva Bible: Obey God, resist tyrants

Search online for the definition of tyranny and you’ll have pages of dictionary entries in an instant. Words like “oppressive,” “cruel,...

 

God really does care about the game

Today, I rise in defense of the idea that God does indeed care who wins the football game. It’s not that God has a favorite team. It’s not that...

 

Victory of Jesus explains everything

The New Testament quotes one Old Testament verse more than any other. It is Psalm 110:1, which says, “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right...

 

Kingdom greatness is not at the top

The 12 disciples of Jesus were men obsessed with power, at least initially. This is no insult, but merely a summary of the available data. The...

 

Election season is a spiritual challenge

Choosing leaders is a spiritual issue. This is proven by the sheer amount of time the Bible spends giving us guidelines for how to evaluate them; teac...

 

Change thinking to be more thankful

So Thanksgiving is at hand, the holiday that shares its name with a type of prayer. In the interest of transparency, I’ll admit I’m not great at...

 

Love defined by the law of God

Jesus said the two greatest commandments were commands to love. We are supposed to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. How would you answer...

 

Self-government is the Biblical model

Founding statesman John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of...

 

We should serve God in the marketplace

Here’s my hot take for the day, which I will defend below: One of the best ways to serve the kingdom of God is to start a business. Offer goods or...

 

In God's world, cheaters are losers

Proverbs 11:1 says, “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” The word “abomination” there is a strong t...

 

Bible's Gospel: The kingdom is here

We are plagued with preaching that narrows the message of Christ’s Gospel, until it is only about getting your little soul to heaven when you die....

 

Preaching must confront our idols

In the 8th Century, a Christian missionary ventured into a pagan community in what is now Germany. History knows him as St. Boniface. His mission, to...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Preaching should move us to maturity

The preaching you imbibe is either moving you toward Christian maturity, or it is not. You are either being stretched to grow, or you are being kept i...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 17, 2019

The king must stay in his lane

One unfamiliar biblical doctrine is called, “The regulative principle of government.” To boil the idea down, it means that civil governments are n...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Civil government isn't our highest authority

One sticking point I encounter when seeking to apply Christian principles outside the walls of the church building is a prominent confusion over...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    June 5, 2019

He has many rivals, but no equals

The deity of Jesus of Nazareth is a central theme of the Bible. The historic Christian teaching is Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully divine and...

 

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