Probably the most well known verse in the Bible about the definition of a foolish person is Psalm 14:1 — The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” The apostle Paul seems to build on that concept when he writes in Romans 1:20, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” But the book of Proverbs was specifically written millennia ago to clearly contrast the dismantling ways of foolishness with the restorative properties of wisdom. According…

The deeply flawed Old Testament “hero” was set apart for a very specific purpose. Growing up in church as a scrawny kid, I was captured by stories of David slaying Goliath, Gideon defeating the Midianites, and especially Samson taking out 1,000 Philistines practically barehanded. While I loved the daring of those figures, I was also taught to be careful about the temptations of great champions: David’s moral failure and desperate attempts to cover it up, Gideon’s late-in-life slip into creating an idol and snare for his family, and the dramatic and colorful life of Samson and his sensational self-destruction. All…

The real divine “prank” is not the Resurrection. This Holy Week, hundreds of frazzled preachers around the world have undoubtedly heaved a sigh of relief. Instead of having to fret over what illustration to use on Easter Sunday morning to capture their listeners’ attention, they can simply seize the opportunity the calendar has handed them. This year, Easter falls on April Fools’ Day, which means that countless sermons will be able to employ some version of the following introduction: “On Easter Sunday, we Christians celebrate the fact that a dead man came back to life. This might seem like the…

Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. But did it really happen? Is the supernatural real? In his new book, The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural (Zondervan, 2018), Lee Strobel (@LeeStrobel), with his trademark investigative approach, examines whether New Testament miracles pass for historical facts; if near-death experiences offer a glimpse into the afterlife; whether paranormal activity has any credibility; and more. [Sign up to receive Lee Strobel’s free email newsletter, Investigating Faith] As a pastor or church leader reading this, the following 3-minute video is perfect to use in your church’s Easter service! It…