The Way Is Hard, But He Is Strong
Aug 17, 2015
Jesus said the way would be hard for those who followed him. Hell is real, and its messengers spread themselves all over the world to distort, disorient, and to create suspicion — to undermine and destroy faith. But faith in the Way is a force stronger than Hell.
Aug 14, 2015
It is precisely when it is personally costly to speak, and we *still* speak, that people listen to what we have to say. When it’s costly to deliver a message, the message must be costly. For people only pay dearly for what is valuable. Paying dearly glorifies the valuable thing.
Let Good Things Run Wild
Aug 10, 2015
God designed men and women. He made us equal in value and complementary in role. When trust what God says about what it means to be man or woman, and obey his instructions, the result is harmony, beauty, and joy.
Be a Human Infusion of Hope
Aug 7, 2015
Discouragement is everywhere in a broken, fallen world like ours. One way Satan spreads discouragement is through the pride in us that focuses on others' weaknesses and flaws. But God has given us a weapon against the darkness: encouragement, an infusion of hope we bring one another.
Your Bible Is a Mine, Not a Museum
Jul 31, 2015
If we read Bible stories like museum exhibits, always viewing them fairly quickly and then moving to the next display, our grasp tends to remain rather superficial. We might think that we’ve seen pretty much all that there is to see. But when we mine them, we find these stories laced with treasures.
Things Not Seen
A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God’s Promises
Jul 31, 2015
God is doing far more than we can see in our agonies. We plead for God’s deliverance from our pain and wonder why he keeps letting it go on. We are not alone. A cloud of witnesses surrounds us. And…
Wake Up to the Corrupting Effects of Compromise
Jul 27, 2015
What do we do when we see the corrupting effect of compromise at work in ourselves or those we know? Jesus’s prescription is painfully, mercifully brief: “be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19). The severe simplicity of his prescription is hopeful.
Turning Fifty and Still Fighting for Faith
Jul 24, 2015
As I help lead the vanguard of Generation X into our sixth decade in the race of faith, with the rhythm of my feet upon the pavement and through some fatigue, I’m preaching to myself, “There’s sufficient grace to endure the race.”
How Should Christians Comment Online?
Jul 13, 2015
How we comment on articles or social media posts says a lot about us and about what we believe. Let’s seek to show more grace to others.
Do Not Underestimate a Defeated Devil
Jul 10, 2015
We think we know what’s going on. But often we barely have a clue. Scripture teaches us that what we see happening in the world is only part of the story. There’s a whole dimension to reality that wields a…
You Don’t Have to Plan Everything
Jul 7, 2015
God doesn’t want you to plan everything. Don’t get me wrong. Planning is a beautiful thing. God is a magnificent planner — in the bigness of the universe and the smallest molecules. Many things in life simply do not happen…
Loving and Celebrating a Defective Nation
Jul 3, 2015
July 4th is the day we Americans set aside to celebrate the birth of our nation, the ideals it represents, and the freedoms we enjoy. But for many American Christians, the recent Supreme Court ruling will hang like a dark…
God’s Purpose for the Supreme Court — And Everything Else
Jun 29, 2015
God is gathering his people from every corner of the globe. Regardless of what we face or experience in this life, this is what history is all about, from beginning to the very end. And no one can stop him — not even the Supreme Court.
Breaking Free from the Spell of Fantasy
Jun 26, 2015
Evil fantasy presents itself as a delectable delight. But it is not. It is an argument to be destroyed, not a sweet apple to be eaten. Believing this — really believing this — is the key to breaking free from fantasy’s enchantment.
How to Complain Without Grumbling
Jun 23, 2015
The psalms of lament give inspired voice to our troubled souls. They model for us how to complain to God in a way that honors him. And they are themselves expressions of God’s merciful care for us.
Where Real Courage Comes From
Jun 19, 2015
Where does courage come from? And how do you get it when you need it, when some fear towers over you and threatens you, and you feel like cowering and fleeing into some cave of protection? For an answer, let’s…
Give the Word Time to Work
Jun 8, 2015
Being transformed by the Bible is rarely a quick and simple process. It requires time, meditation, and humility. Sometimes, we need to be willing to slow down and even stop over the text if we want to see change come in our heart and life.
How Should We Respond to Caitlyn Jenner?
Jun 4, 2015
Pray for Jenner, that God will send to him one or two who will speak the truth of the gospel with Christ-like love and that he will have ears to hear. Jenner’s hope is that “as soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.” But we know he will not be free.
Jun 1, 2015
A significant journey is ending for you. No doubt you are eager to get going on the next one. But go ahead, savor the moment. Such clear rites of passage don’t come often in life. Here are four pieces of advice as you look to what’s ahead.
Conflicts: Our Laboratories of Love
May 29, 2015
Seven sinners live together in our home. We are middle-age, teenage, and pre-teen sinners who each have the sin-nature’s assumption that we are playing the lead role in the drama of existence...
When God Mercifully Ruins Our Plans
May 25, 2015
There is no real gain in making our name known. That’s Philippians 3:8 rubbish. The only real gain is Christ. So God mercifully thwarts our pride-fueled plans in order to make us truly happy.
We Must Not Do Nothing
May 22, 2015
Americans, remember with appropriate gratitude this Memorial Day the military deaths that purchased your freedoms. But Christians, don’t remember your imprisoned and mistreated brothers and sisters like Americans remember their war dead.
Christian, Your Job Is a Ministry Job
May 18, 2015
Many Christians struggle with the sense that vocational ministry jobs are more “sacred” or “spiritual” than other jobs. Our terminology probably isn’t helpful: non-ministry jobs are often called “secular” jobs, which would seem to connote that they are less spiritual…
Four Ways to Fight the Fear of Missing Out
May 15, 2015
The Thing. It’s a strange thing, because it’s there and not there at the same time. What I’m talking about is The Thing that you don’t have that you think you need in order to be happy. And you know…
You Are God’s Workmanship
May 11, 2015
You are a piece of work — God’s work. When Paul says that you are God’s “workmanship,” don’t think of your clunky seventh grade shop class project, think of The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, or The Faerie Queen, great works of epic poetry.