Articles written by Gordan Runyan

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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...

 
 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...

 

Christ offers rest through service

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus gives the most comforting invitation. He says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest....

 

Celebration is good for the soul

It seems unavoidable, this thing with the calendar and the passage of time. My Puritan forebears did their best to break us all of our attachment to h...

 

Reason for season rediscovered

The weather in Quay County has not contributed to the feeling that Christmas is upon us. To be sure, I’m not complaining about that, but here we are...

 

It's not always wrong to judge

It has been said, sarcastically, the first words of Matthew 7 form the only text of Scripture that every unbeliever has memorized. “Judge not, lest...

 

Jesus did not teach socialism

I’ve run into some avowed socialists online who claim Jesus was a socialist or at least taught doctrines compatible with socialism. Jesus healed...

 

Love for God more than a feeling

Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was, from the whole law of God. He answered that the first and great command (primo and mega in...

 

Exodus conflict continues to rage

In the book of Exodus, we see the clash between the God of the Hebrews, Yahweh, and all the gods of Egypt. God sends Moses as his reluctant spokesman....

 

Bible speaks to issue of gambling, gaming

It will shock no one to hear that the topic of gambling is a hot item in this region. What does the Bible say about gambling? Is it a sin? If it’s...

 

Bible relations defined in covenants

“Covenant” is a theological word Christians toss around a bit. We all nod knowingly when it’s mentioned, because we’re part of the clique....

 

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