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 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    January 29, 2020 

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... Full story

 
 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...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    May 22, 2019

Pastor: Evil must be resisted

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor in Germany during the rise of the Nazi regime. He was imprisoned and hanged for his involvement in a plot to kill Hit...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    May 8, 2019

God's law is still the moral standard

“O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97) Many Christians have been taught to fear or even despise God’s law....

 

Submit first and foremost to the Lord

Much mischief has been done through uninformed preaching about the topic of submission to authorities. Wives have been turned into bond-servants of...

 

Christians losing sight of biblical doctrine

Lord John Acton (1834-1902) famously wrote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We’ve come to accept it as an axiom...

 

Local pastor answers objections to God's law

When I suggest that Christians should consider the moral law of God as higher than any human law, as I did in my last column here, I routinely meet...

 

Righteous lesser magistrates still needed

Some counties in New Mexico have stirred the pot, declaring themselves “sanctuary counties” in defiance of anticipated gun-control laws coming...

 

Both testaments gifts from God

Born about 85 A.D., a man named Marcion became an important figure in the history of Christianity. His contribution to the growth of the ancient...

 

Cameroon a call to faithfulness

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” — Proverbs 24:11 The Christian has a duty...

 

'Deadly Class' a lesson in nihilism

My family loves science fiction or superhero-related media. We’re a bunch of nerds. So, it wasn’t out of character for us to check out the pilot...

 

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