Kenneth Berding

J.C. Ryle on Christ as Divine and Human

By Kenneth Berding May. 12, 2016 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In his classic book on sanctification, Holiness, J.C. Ryle includes a poignant paragraph on the divine and human natures of Christ.

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What Can We Learn About Parenting From Paul’s Comments About the Law?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 26, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Old Testament

Paul’s discussion of the Old Testament law in Romans and Galatians connects well with a practical life concern: How do we effectively parent our children? In particular, one question parents regularly face has to do with what part rules play in raising children. Since Paul actually uses the raising of children as an analogy to explain the role of the law (Galatians 3:24-26; 4:1-7; Romans 8:14-17), perhaps we should turn the analogy on its head and ask if there is anything we can learn about raising children from Paul’s teaching about the law ...

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An Insight about Praying “in Faith”

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

... When I was younger, I would try to get rid of doubts by closing my eyes (really really tightly) and concentrate (really really hard) on pushing out the doubtful thoughts. And when I (inevitably) started thinking about my doubts again, I’d simply try again (really try this time!) to expel those doubts. But you can’t push doubts out of your mind any easier than you can push other thoughts out of your mind by valiantly trying ...

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If We Ask “According to His Will” It Will Happen, But What is “His Will”?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 7, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

A spiritually-minded friend of my wife and me recently made this comment: “I struggle with the idea of praying according to the will of God. Since I know that some things are clearly according to God’s will, why can’t I just pray directly about those things and know for certain that they’re going to happen? But that’s not the way it works with my prayers. For example, I know that God doesn’t want Christians to get divorced. But I’ve sometimes prayed that God would preserve a struggling marriage that still ended up in divorce ...

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Blood Brothers

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 8, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Evangelism, Missions

More than a generation ago, Don Richardson popularized the idea that Christians who share Christ across cultures might encounter—and even ought to look for—“redemptive analogies” in those cultures. The idea was that God has pre-placed customs or stories into cultures that prepare people to respond to the gospel ...

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This Was the Year the Adults Gave Up

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Columnist Joel Stein in the December 21 issue of TIME (p. 174) labeled 2015 as “The Year the Adults Gave Up" ...

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How Much Money Should You Spend on Christmas Gifts for Your Children?

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

I have no intention of answering this specific question. (Do you think I’m crazy?!) But since this is a truly difficult question for many Christian parents, let me offer a suggestion about gift spending that might help you in the future. I know that you’re probably reading this post too late in the season to make any changes for this upcoming Christmas, but now may be the ideal time to formulate plans for the future ...

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