The Root of the Problem (Part 8): Peer Pressure

Peer pressure can be a very strong influence for sin. School-aged children are taught to overcome peer pressure and to not follow the crowd when their friends are doing things that they should not do. But despite the continual admonitions, many children ignore these warnings and do what is wrong so that they can fit [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 7): Arrogance

The Bible plainly labels arrogance as a sin. James tells us that “God is opposed to the proud” (James 4:6). The Proverb writer lists pride as one of the things which the Lord hates (Proverbs 6:16-17). Arrogance is often mentioned in lists of sins – the sins of the Gentiles (Romans 1:30), those which Paul [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 6): Rebellion

A rebel is one who acts against authority. Such action can be good when those who are in authority are corrupt and oppose God (Acts 5:29). But those who refuse to submit to such authorities are not simply being rebellious. They are acting in submission to the higher authority – God. But there are some [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 5): Deception

An effective tactic used by the devil is deception. Jesus calls him the “father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan used deception to first introduce sin in the beginning. This threat continues even today. “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 4): Ignorance

Laws are often violated by those who do not know that they are breaking a law. In these cases, a transgression is made, regardless of the offender’s knowledge of the statute. It is not uncommon for one to claim that he was unaware of the law he was breaking. Even if this is true, he [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 3): We Fail to See Sin for What It Is

The world in which we live has a distorted perception of sin. In our society, sin is mocked, disregarded, ignored, and even glorified. But the word of God presents a very different perspective. Sin is likened to darkness (John 3:19-20) and cancer (2 Timothy 2:17). Sin enslaves us (Romans 6:17,20). We are told very plainly [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 2): “We Are Only Human” – Not a Reason. Just an Excuse

Sin is a universal problem. Right before telling the Romans that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), Paul uses several Old Testament passages to remind his readers of the universal nature of sin. “What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 1): The Problem of Sin

There are many problems facing the world today, such as poverty, injustice, famine, and disease. Great amounts of time, effort, and resources are used to try to find solutions to these problems. Even if we have not felt the effects of these ourselves, it is natural as human beings to feel empathy toward those who [...]

The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome

Back in 2010, I published my first book – The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. It is about how we as Christians can find the way of escape that God has promised will be present with every temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13) and take hold of the freedom from sin [...]

Pardee Butler: “You Can Not Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”

Pardee Butler (1816-1888) was an evangelist who spent much of his time preaching in Kansas. He first came to Kansas in 1855 prior to it entering the union. During this time, there was an intense – often violent – debate over whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Butler, with his [...]