Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation
We were made to meditate. God designed us with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for us to not just hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
It is a distinctively human trait to stop and…Continue Reading
Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy
Good works never just happen. How we treat others is always determined by what we think about God, by who he is and what he’s done.
Whether implicit or explicit, this is fundamentally the case. It’s not by accident that…Continue Reading
World Vision: Adultery No, Homosexual Practice Yes
Update 3/26/14: World Vision has released a statement reversing their recent decision concerning so-called same-sex marriage.
Christianity Today reports that “World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage…Continue Reading
How to Fill Your Life with Joy
Seriously pursue joy in the face of Jesus Christ. That’s what Matt Chandler says is the main lesson he’s learned along the slow, dirt path of sanctification. There’s no silver bullet, he explains, to become like Jesus, but the…Continue Reading
Fake Papers, Chastened Pride
I wonder which is stronger: the desire for erotic pleasure or the desire to avoid ridicule? Which is stronger: the craving of the body for sexual pleasure, or the craving of the ego for notable praise? It’s hard to measure,…Continue Reading
We Are Made for Praise
At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says…
Three Tips on Being a Friend of Sinners
Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners. That was the word on the street in first-century Palestine.
The precise phrase — “friend of sinners” — is mentioned twice in the Gospels, in Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:34. The…Continue Reading
‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity
It’s rare to find a major motion picture that paints humanity, as a whole, to be this bad.
Not only was it human evil that nearly destroyed the world in some great war, but now it is human depravity that…Continue Reading
How to Get Your Mind Back on Track
How are you feeling? What’s on your mind?
These are very important questions, not just polite conversation starters. They’re questions we should ask ourselves (and others) frequently because they tell us what direction our train is heading.