Discerning Idolatry in Desire
Most of us realize that enjoying anything other than God, from the best gift to the basest pleasure, can become idolatry. Paul says in Colossians 3:5, “Covetousness is idolatry.”
“Covetousness” means desiring something other than God in the…Continue Reading
Strong in Another’s Strength
Laziness is not the alternative to living in your own strength. Paul talks about being strong in the strength of another.
- Ephesians 6:10: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
- Colossians 1:29: “I toil [to…
Happy Birthday Dorothy (Dogma-loving) Sayers
Born today 116 years ago, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was an English scholar, playwright, and writer of detective novels. She studied medieval literature at Oxford, and was one of the first women to graduate (in 1915) from that university.
She may…Continue Reading
Hero Worship and Holy Emulation
I have unanswered questions about how to navigate the new world of media-driven celebrity attention to pastors. As Advance09 started in Durham, North Carolina, the News & Observer ran the headline “Celebrity Pastors Visit for Conference.” One might wish they…Continue Reading
How John the Baptist Handled the Attention
God gave him a message, and so he went around delivering it. “The word of God came to John”—we call him John the Baptist—and “he went into all the region around the Jordan [River], proclaiming a baptism of repentance for…Continue Reading
Imprecation and Supplication in Psalm 83
It's My Pleasure
When I came home from running errands yesterday, I found a florist’s delivery on my back porch—rich, red long-stemmed roses. The gift card had no words, only numbers: 6-6-66.
Yesterday, 6-6-09, was the 43rd anniversary of the day I met…Continue Reading
Why and How I Am Tweeting
I see two kinds of response to social Internet media like blogging, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and others.
One says: These media tend to shorten attention spans, weaken discursive reasoning, lure people away from Scripture and prayer, disembody relationships, feed the…Continue Reading
Exposing the Idol of Self-Glory
The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we can cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus unmasked such an idol with a single question.
It was…Continue Reading