Did you know that, in addition to Los Angeles, The Master’s Seminary offers a fully-accredited M. Div. program in: Central California, Montana, Texas, Washington DC, and Washington state? Today’s article features our distance location in Washington DC. If you live near our nation’s capital and are considering seminary, here are some compelling advantages to pursuing your education there: […]
A good friend of mine asked me what I think of pastors using illustrations from movies in their sermons. My friend uses them because he thinks they are helpful in relating to a culture that increasingly has their worldview formed through entertainment. But I don’t buy it. In my experience, illustrations sparked by the golden […]
The New Testament presents evangelism as both a gift and a command. On the one hand, evangelism is the main task God has given Christians to do (cf. Matt. 28:18–20). All believers are to be witnesses, and to fail to proclaim the gospel is to miss the very essence of what God has left us on […]
A couple of years ago, I preached on the passage in Mark 5 where Jesus healed the unnamed woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. One of the more striking elements in that passage is that Jesus had the rich and powerful Jairus wait while He not only healed the woman, but then went on […]
Was John’s baptism the first baptism the world knew? Commentators are not quite agreed on the history of Christian baptism. Obviously Christians baptize, and Jewish people do not. But was John the Baptist the first to actually baptize? Or were the Jews performing baptisms in the inter-testamental period? The short answer is that baptisms in the […]
“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a polarizing hymn. Made popular by the Billy Graham crusades, it is inseparable from the concept of altar calls and emotional pleading. For some, it stands as a sort of Arminian anthem—a testimony to the power of human volition and an example of all that is wrong with modern Christian lyrics. For others, it is a song celebrating the simplicity of conversion–simple and sincere.