Who Governs the Local Church?
A Case for Elder-Led Congregational Rule
Jul 30, 2020
With Jesus not physically present on earth, and with his apostles now in heaven, who governs the local church today — the pastors or the people?
Justice Is Coming
The Glory of Christ as Judge of the World
Jul 18, 2020
In Christ, we know that full and final Justice is coming. Just as Grace incarnate came in him, so also Justice will come with his return.
None Can Stay His Hand
The Certain Triumph of the Gospel
Jul 12, 2020
The absolute sovereignty of God isn’t just a doctrine to affirm, but a balm for the infirmed. From the book of Daniel, to the church today, God’s rule and reign gives bright hope in the darkest of times.
When Every Other Word Fails
Jul 11, 2020
When we get a real glimpse of God, and find ourselves unable to put what we are feeling into words, we have three words from God that never fail.
Humble Yourself and Fast
God’s Unpleasant Gift for Lancing Pride
Jul 6, 2020
Fasting is a temporary and occasional measure for seeking God in some special way — and, in doing so, humbling ourselves before him.
God Tells the Time
Ancient Dreams for Humbling Days
Jul 5, 2020
Real hope in chaotic times isn’t a daydream, but a surefire promise from the Ancient of Days, who now governs every moment through the Son of Man.
Why Did Satan Target Eve?
How Man and Woman Fell Out of Order
Jun 26, 2020
Women should not teach men in the church? Adam was not deceived? How do we make sense of one of the most controversial verses in the Bible?
You Are Not That Special
The Glory of Ordinary Christianity
Jun 16, 2020
No Christian, no matter how Christlike, is an exception to the ordinary means and patterns of the Christian life. None of us is that special.
The Pastor We All Want
What Sets Good Shepherds Apart
Jun 9, 2020
Churches know deep down that happy pastors, not groaning elders, make for happy churches. Pastors who enjoy the work are a benefit to their people.
Sell Yourself Short
The Rare Joy of Christian Humility
May 26, 2020
The outworking of genuine humility before God will include owning our proneness to overestimate ourselves.
You Were Happy to Be Mom
Six Reasons to Arise and Bless Her
May 10, 2020
Mother’s Day invites us to remember not only the virtues that mothers share with fathers, but also those particular glories that belong especially to mom.
Find a Purpose as Big as God’s
Learning from the Life of Christ
May 6, 2020
How might Jesus’s singular purpose in all he did shed fresh light on one of the most important questions we can ask: Why did God make me?
None of Your Pain Will Be Wasted
Apr 27, 2020
When the world whispers that your suffering is meaningless, rehearse these tastes of the glory to come — glory of which we know only the half.
The Selfless Pace of Christian Love
Apr 26, 2020
Keeping in step with the Spirit doesn’t mean your life will be an all-out sprint. In fact, sometimes we love God and others best once we’ve learned to slow down.
Focus on a Few Good Men
How God Does the Magic in Disciplemaking
Apr 19, 2020
Making disciples is hard work, but God doesn’t leave it to us to labor on our own. He gives the growth, and he does the surprising magic in our modest efforts.
Labor Like You’re Loved
How Grace Unleashes Effort
Apr 15, 2020
Those who work most energetically do so not to earn God’s favor, but because they have already received God’s favor as a gift of grace.
Corona Cannot Prevail Against Her
Apr 2, 2020
Wherever else human heads may be turning, the angelic and demonic hosts are watching the church. God is channeling his work in the world in and through his church.
Prayer Is for the Humbled
How God Meets Us in Desperation
Apr 2, 2020
The prayerful are humble, and the humble delight to pray. If humility had a sound, it would be the voice of prayer.
Feel His Pleasure
Exercise, Endorphins, and Enjoying God
Mar 29, 2020
Exercise not only improves physical health, but also impacts spiritual vitality. We love God and neighbor better when our bodies are able and ready to serve.
Come What May
Finding Patience and Joy in a Slow Calamity
Mar 27, 2020
God has prepared us, through an almost forgotten prophet, for a slow-moving calamity like the coronavirus pandemic.
Humility Begins with Listening
How to Welcome the Words of God
Mar 24, 2020
The differences between those who humble themselves before God and those who resist his will and ways are rooted in how they respond to his voice.
A Little Theology of Exercise
Mar 22, 2020
Physical exercise can be one of the best supplements to our spiritual habits of grace — to build discipline, self-control, and even increase our joy in Jesus.
Humbled by the Hand of God
How to Receive Hard Mercies
Mar 18, 2020
Humility begins with God and glorifies God, but how it glorifies him turns on how we respond when he takes his humbling initiative.
Will We Keep Singing?
Trusting God in Troubling Times
Mar 15, 2020
In the most trying of times, only a sovereign God can enable us to live with patience and joy.