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What is the wrath of God? It’s one of God’s attributes, but we may not hear much about it.

The wrath of God is His settled, righteous, perfect, holy, anger against sin. He is intensely angry at all sin and evil.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth [l]in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18).

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not [j]obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

For we have been consumed by Your anger
and by Your wrath we have been dismayed.
You have placed our iniquities before You,
our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
For all our days have declined in Your fury;
we have finished our years like a sigh.
 (Ps. 90:7-9)

“If we do not preach about sin and God’s judgment on it, we cannot present Christ as Saviour from sin and the wrath of God. and if we are silent about these things, and preach a Christ who only saves only from self and the sorrows of this world, we are not preaching the Christ of the Bible” (J.I. Packer).

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“God is not easily understood by His creation, and His actions and purpose are far above our finite ability to comprehend.”

Isaiah 55:8-9 says,

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

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One of God’s attributes is that He is incomprehensible. In 25 words or less, here’s what that means: God has made Himself known to us, but we cannot know Him exhaustively or completely because of our finiteness as His creatures.

Psalm 145:1-3 says,

I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

Job 11:7 says,

“Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?”

Isaiah 40:18 says,

To whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

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Popular author Jen Hatmaker is, and has been, on a trajectory toward unbelief and apostasy for some time. Her interview with Religion News Service has brought it out into the open for everyone to see. You can read it here. I’m not judging what’s in her heart, but in her statements and beliefs, she’s left orthodox, biblical Christianity.

Denny Burk has a well-thought out response here.

As a result, Lifeway announced that Hatmaker’s publications can be no longer be purchased in their stores or online. Baptist Press has the story here. Lifeway published several of Hatmaker’s books and resources.

The trajectory of unbelief is not hard to spot in most cases. It usually begins with a rejection (either a “soft” rejection or a “hard” rejection) of the authority of God’s Word, the Bible. After that, doctrines clearly taught in Scripture and held by the church for two millennia begin  to fall like so many dominoes. When emotions and feelings (which characterize our times) are added to the recipe, the movement of the trajectory goes to warp speed.

Pray for Jen. Pray for yourself and your church and the church in general. May our trajectory be one of faithfulness and belief.

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I had the privilege of preaching on John 17:3 this morning. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The only true God is the God who is really there, rational, reliable, and faithful to His covenant, unlike the many false gods of the world.

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The death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia is a serious blow not only to the Supreme Court, but also to the nation. He was a brilliant, strong, and well-spoken defender of the Constitution in its original authorial intent as opposed to it as a “living document” that can mean whatever a judge says it means.

He was also a man grounded in the Judeo-Christian worldview. He said, “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”

May we be in prayer regarding his replacement and our nation.

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Charles Ryrie, retired theology professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, died this week. He was 90. Ryrie is best known for The Ryrie Study Bible – his magnum opus. Ryrie had a gift (and I believe it is a gift) of making complex ideas simple. His writings are user-friendly as we call them today.

The Ryrie Study Bible was the first study Bible I owned. The notes, introductions, and outlines were extremely helpful to me as I grew in my new faith in Christ. I no longer hold all of Ryrie’s dispensational  teaching, but that doesn’t minimize it in any way. I recommend his systematic theology, Basic Theology, but think it should be studied in comparison and contrast with other works.

Charles Ryrie was a gift to the church.

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Bernie Sanders is upset that even though he’s won both a caucus and a primary, his opponent Hillary Clinton has more delegates than he does.

Uh, Bernie, that’s socialism: Something (in this case delegates) that you legitimately earned has been given to someone who didn’t. Hopefully you and you’re supporters will connect the dots.

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Gender identity is in the news quite a bit today and, as Christians, we need to think clearly about it. Kenneth Gentry has dealt with the question of what the Bible says about it in a brief, informative article.

Gender Identity is the latest rage among postmodernists. Especially since the June 2015 transformation of Bruce Jenner from a male to the female Caitlyn Jenner, transgender discussions have exploded on the scene. And many Christian leaders and laymen have gotten on the politically-correct bandwagon. But what does the Bible have to say about this phenomenon? Much, in every way.

It’s worth a read, as well as some good thinking.

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