The Antidepressant of Wonder
Sep 5, 2014
Living in this world tends to make us feel thin. We feel, with Bilbo Baggins, “like butter scraped over too much bread.” Another beheading, another disease epidemic, another leader’s adultery exposed, another day struggling within and without against unrelenting evil.
Some Books to Feed Your Brain
Sep 1, 2014
If you’re like me, book recommendations are always welcome. So here are a few books that have been food for my brain (and heart) this year. . .
Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence
Aug 29, 2014
Self-indulgence is spiritually dangerous to us because it’s a form of idolatry. It’s something we turn to instead of God for happiness.
What’s the Point of All this Futility?
Aug 25, 2014
Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the point? For God, the point is hope. Which is very strange.
Aug 22, 2014
The poem has inspired millions, but its message is sick at its core. Who is the master of your fate? Who is the captain of our soul?
Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life
Aug 18, 2014
The Bible tells us “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). That means a lot is at stake in what we say today. And in literate societies like ours, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.
Aug 15, 2014
All kinds of adversity, because of God’s grace, strengthens the Christian’s faith. Just like our brains and our bodies, faith is only strengthened by vigorous exercise. Adversity produces strong, gritty faith.
Help for Those Fighting or Grieving a Suicide
Aug 12, 2014
For some of us in the household of Jesus, Robin Williams’s death hits hard for very personal reasons. For some, a profound, oppressive darkness is threatening to douse the little light and hope they see.
The Priceless Grace of Pressure
Aug 8, 2014
Pressure is one of the more resented of God’s graces. Read the Bible and you’ll discover one story after another of pressurized saints. When God chooses his servants, he tends to give them an oversized workload.
You Don’t Have to Know a Lot of Things
Aug 6, 2014
John Piper’s book Doctrine Matters is the distillation of the “few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things” that set him on fire for 33 years as a local-church pastor and are still making him burn.
When God Seems Silent
Jul 18, 2014
All of God’s saints, if allowed to live long enough, are led into the lonely, disorienting, weary wilderness. God may seem silent, but he’s not.
The Cool God Is a Puny God
Jul 14, 2014
Americans, and most Westerners, live in cultures governed by the god called “Cool.” Cool doesn’t have a temple we can see or visit, but his images and shrines are everywhere. Cool is a god that we actually invite to take…
The Unexpected Answers of God
Jul 11, 2014
As you wait for God to answer your prayers, learn to expect the unexpected. God wraps most of his greatest gifts in painful packages.
Before the Children Are Gone
Jul 7, 2014
Time is our most precious earthly asset because all other earthly assets are governed by it. We can’t really save time. We can only spend it. So we try to manage it. But that’s very hard. Never in history have…
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Jul 4, 2014
July 4th is the day we commemorate the Continental Congress’s declaration of independence from the nation of Great Britain. People still debate over whether or not Britain’s offenses warranted colonial secession and war. Regardless, it was a bold, very risky…
How Can Self-Denial Be Hedonistic?
Jun 27, 2014
The Christian life is a journey to the greatest joy that exists. But “the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). Why is that? Because, paradoxically, as Jesus’s disciples learned in…
God Makes Our Misery the Servant of His Mercy
Jun 23, 2014
Naaman was Syria’s foremost general when Elisha served as God’s foremost prophet in Israel. After a Syrian raid on Israel, Naaman brought back his wife a gift: a Hebrew servant girl. When she saw that Naaman suffered from a serious…
Jesus Wants You to Be You
Jun 19, 2014
God had you specifically in mind when he created you and called you to follow him. You are custom-designed for your calling. But when you face the difficulty of your calling, you may look at others and be tempted to…
This May Push You over the Edge
Jun 16, 2014
Most of us read, see, or hear thousands of messages during the course of our lives. But only a few strike us with such force that we remember them distinctly. These messages uniquely shape us. They haunt us. We can’t…
The Treasure Makes All the Difference
Jun 13, 2014
One of Jesus’s most powerful parables is also one of his shortest: The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all…
Let Darwin Teach You
Jun 9, 2014
Charles Darwin loved his scientific studies. They were his “chief enjoyment and sole employment throughout life.” However, as the years passed, Darwin experienced a tragic atrophy. He described it near the end of his life in his autobiography: Up…
Why Was Judas Carrying the Moneybag?
Jun 6, 2014
Jesus put a thief in charge of his moneybag. Has that ever struck you as odd? Last week we focused on Mary, who poured a year’s wages on Jesus’s feet, and Judas, who saw Mary’s worshipful act as huge…
When Wasting Your Life Is Worship
May 30, 2014
We all are happiness hunters. We are all treasure seekers. And as Judas and Mary illustrate, there’s one sure way to measure what we treasure: what we’re willing to spend to obtain it. The dinner table was buzzing with happy…
May 26, 2014
Memorial Day, as Americans have come to know it, began in the years immediately following the Civil War. But until World War II, most people knew it as “Decoration Day.” It was a day to decorate with flowers and flags…