God sent His Son not only to suffer in our place but also to suffer with us. Our merciful friend has been through it all. He is with us right now! And while He may not deliver us from pain and loss, He’ll walk with us through it.
What is it, exactly, that we are passing down to our kids?
Blessed is the man who does not fight what he cannot change.
Methods can be helpful, but also a dangerous crutch
- September 25, 2012 |
Tim Tebow says he wants a wife with “a servant’s heart.” Does that make him a misogynist?
Ancient manuscripts seem to be the sweet spot, a la Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, for sensationalism. Anything "old" that surfaces that even hints at a variant account of the biblical materials is thrown into the news cycle with breathless drama.
Sometimes we need to be narrow-minded.
Today, we have made personal experience everything. What we think and feel, what we emote and choose, is placed above the stated orthodoxy of the community of faith of which we are a part.
- September 20, 2012 |
Here are five ways in which pastoring shaped my views:
- September 18, 2012 |
A spiritual infant looks and acts a lot like human infants. They’re self-centered, cry-babies, impatient, helpless, noisy, and messy.
Someone brought something to my attention recently. A young woman on our staff came across a talk, given by a pastor, on a church’s website. It was my talk.
Those who have died are in the hands of God who is both just and loving.
- September 14, 2012 |
A “Day of Accounting” will eventually come for all of us, but local church leaders bear a heavier responsibility.
It is no surprise that Sertillanges’ The Intellectual Life is still in print after so many years. The truths in this book assist the scholar in understanding the purpose of research, the desire for truth, and the cultivation of healthy work habits.
I think the reason this question resonates with so many parents is precisely because we adults can’t adequately explain the doctrine ourselves.
The idea is a simple one: if you take one step on to a slippery slope, you may find yourself sliding all the way down the hill. Culturally, it means that if you rationalize doing something from a particular philosophy or set of values, you may want to consider how that same rationale might apply to other, less popular, concerns.
Jesus said that love for the brethren would be the very thing that attracts those lost to Him (John 13:35). The purpose of the Church is to be a called-out community of Christ's own who love each other with a deep and abiding and supernatural love that is unseen in the world.
- September 11, 2012 |
During a jog on our annual study break, I was praying to God for self-evaluation; how I could improve, do better, go to another level in my life and ministry. As I continued down the trail, four questions formed in my mind that penetrated to the heart of not just improvement, but the kind of ruthless self-assessment that leads to substantive life change.
- September 10, 2012 |