There are dozens of reasons to preach through Ruth, but I’ll limit it to four.
Mark and Jonathan discuss the subject of burnout, particularly how it happens and what church leaders can do to avoid it in the first place.
May the mighty promises of Christ fuel our faith until, at last, we see him face to face.
Burnout means something way down deep just collapses, and we can’t keep going.
Future hope fuels present faithfulness—both in pastoral ministry and on the mission field.
How can a holy God relate to sinful people? Leviticus provides us an answer to that question.
The good news of the gospel is that we have a neighbor who loved us and laid down his life for us. And this neighbor didn’t lay down his life for his friends, but for his enemies. We can enjoy God’s blessing and know his grace because our Savior obeyed the first and second great commandments for us.
Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as African Christianity or Asian Christianity or Western Christianity. The Christian faith is one, and it’s portrayed for us as such in the Scriptures.
Phrases like “I’m more Christian than black or white” are gloriously true, but they’re often wielded in white culture to enable and encourage colorblindness.
Some say that religion shouldn’t be brought into the public square, especially not into politics. This common wisdom is well-intentioned but wrong, unhelpful, and ultimately impossible to put into practice.
We serve America best when we don’t serve her first.
Where do we first beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks? Where should love of enemy first dissolve a nation’s tribalism? Where should Lincoln’s “just and lasting peace” first take root and grow?
We should tell the stories of successful Christian social advocates. But we should also tell the “unsuccessful” stories too, and explain how so many “unsuccessful” heroes pleased God through their faithfulness.
Civil religion, when it remains unevaluated and unchecked by the Word of God, can easily run amok. It can present the nation as God, as the savior of the world, as the last best hope on earth.
Our gospel, the gospel of justification by faith alone, is profoundly political. It creates a new body politic, one where there’s no boasting. And it sends us as ambassadors with a message of peace for all who would look to King Jesus and live.