Pain: A Secret Garden of Pride
Aug 19, 2015In our pain, we can reject comfort from those who haven’t experienced our suffering. But God can speak as deeply to our pain through sympathy as he can through empathy.
Hope for the Unhappily Single
Aug 11, 2015The good news for the growing number not-yet-married Christians is that no one in Christ is single, and no one is married in heaven.
It Is Well
Aug 9, 2015For Horatio Spafford, Christ was the key to suffering well. Only his love for Jesus was able to carry him across the most violent waves of life.
Sex: The Frontrunner for President
Aug 5, 2015One decision determines the fate of the American people every four years: Who will be our next president? The candidates are pouring in, and the race is heating up. So who’s the favorite? Sex. Sex has won far too many elections, but it cannot satisfy like God or save like his grace.
The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood
Jul 31, 2015This book now appears in print under the title Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice. Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and woman as his image-bearers — equal in…
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. And these roles are integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.
Too Depressed to Believe What We Know
Eleven Resources for the Darkness
Jul 14, 2015We’ve collected some of our best resources on the topic of depression, as well as a few others from around the web. We pray they will be God’s means of bringing his light into your darkness, his hope into your despair.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Jul 9, 2015Christians are often divided because we are by nature defensive. Too many divisions in the church — specifically in personal relationships — stem from insecurity and defensiveness in the face of accusation, whether real or imagined. These accusations may fall…
No Sore Losers on Sunday
Singing Despite the Court’s Decision
Jun 28, 2015We head to church this weekend with heavy hearts. The cloud of the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision hangs over our corporate worship — and we don’t even yet know or feel all the consequences of the historic decision.
When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished
Jun 24, 2015Too often, we see the news of another pastor or leader who has fallen into some moral failure. Their disqualification can be devastating to their followers. But are the consequences for the congregations even deeper and more serious than we feel at first?
Inside Out, Right-Side Up
The Roots of Real Joy
Jun 22, 2015Inside Out, the latest creation from Pixar, enters the mind of eleven-year-old Riley, and personifies her five dominant emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. The five characters in Riley’s head, led by Joy, man a control panel that…
Binge-Eating, But Starving
Jun 18, 2015The world offers us pleasure on pleasure, but they never fill the hunger we feel deep inside. So many of us are binge-eating, frantically consuming everything we can in this life, not knowing that day by day we’re hungrier than we’ve ever been. The cravings are a mercy meant to lead us to God.
My All in All
Jun 14, 2015The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44) Lots of people are…
When Marriage Is Miles Away
On Long-Distance Dating
Jun 10, 2015Any dating couple should pursue clarity and postpone intimacy. Here are three pieces of advice specifically for long-distance relationships.
Drunk You Is Not the Real You
May 28, 2015Alcohol has been called the great truth serum. The freedom people feel in drunkenness, though, is a pitiful illusion. The gospel offers a more satisfying freedom.
The Joy of Graduation and the Crisis of Joblessness
May 14, 2015For many, graduation marks the beginning of months of waiting, searching, and doubting. Here are four truths to remember while you wait, however long you have to wait.
A God Greater Than Google
May 1, 2015We live in an age when we literally never have to wait for an answer. If it can be known, we know it in seconds, probably less. Siri, where is the nearest Chipotle? Google, living and active, lies at our…
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Apr 26, 2015When Robert Robinson was just eight years old, he lost his father. Angry, bitter, and fatherless, Robert rebelled in excess through his teenage years — drinking, gambling, and causing trouble. Several years later, he wrote Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
That Hideous Beauty of Calvary
Apr 23, 2015We have a crisis if the cross loses its offense in our eyes. If we’re not offended by the cross, we’re in grave danger of losing the comfort and hope of the cross. Paul writes, “If I, brothers, still preach…
On My Wedding Day
Apr 9, 2015Whether you’re currently married or feel called to be married someday, God created marriage to be an amazingly rich, dynamic, and fruitful experience. What dreams do you have for yours?
The King We Needed, But Never Wanted
Mar 31, 2015Who is this Jesus? As we walk the long road to Calvary this week, we need to ask ourselves if we are ready to receive Christ as the king he is, or if we expect him to save us on our terms.
Is Theology Your Idolatry?
Mar 25, 2015Has your theology turned into idolatry? Has your knowledge of God ironically and tragically drawn you away from him, not nearer to him? Here are nine questions that might help you diagnose theology idolatry in your own heart and mind.
Sweetly Devastated by Grace
Mar 12, 2015A deeper, truer knowledge of your sin — of your absolute lostness and wickedness apart from Christ — will devastate and liberate you. It will devastate you, because you will see darkness in yourself and the horrors you deserve like…
Work with Your Hands, Not with Your Worship
Mar 12, 2015The sinful human heart has a strange and offensive fascination with the work of our own hands. One key to glorifying God is to work hard without worshipping our work.