When to Baptize Our Believing Children
Jul 6, 2015
Baptized members, in a congregational church, must be able to stand in the assembly of saints on their own two feet. Which has implications for when we baptize our believing children.
Jesus Poured Out His Joy for You
The Eternal Pleasure of Pentecost
May 23, 2015
In your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 Have you ever stopped to consider that the reason Psalm 16:11 is true for you is because it was first true for Jesus?…
The Cravings Beneath Your Conflict
Apr 21, 2015
Mimetic desire means wanting something because someone else wants it first. When the object that we both desire can be shared between us, it produces friendship and camaraderie. When only one of us can possess the object, it inevitably produces envy, rivalry, and conflict.
He Descended into Hell?
Apr 4, 2015
Where was Jesus after Good Friday? Becoming like us in every way, Jesus’s spirit went to Hades — not to suffer but to open the way to heaven.
Envy and Rivalry in Ministry
The Great Danger Facing the Young, Restless, and Reformed
Mar 18, 2015
And behold, I saw a white horse. Its rider’s name was Success, and Envy followed him. Envy is a movement killer. And if you ask me, it is probably the fundamental danger facing the Young, Restless, and Reformed movement in…
The Delight of Disciple-Making: Being the Smile of God in Your Home and Your Church
Workshop for Pastors – 2015 Conference for Pastors
Feb 2, 2015
I’m a college professor. More importantly, I’m the kind of college professor who loves to teach with a white board. I don’t fully understand why, but I find that I’m a far more effective teacher when I can draw on…
The Seven Deadly Sins
Jan 13, 2015
Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful, temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle.
Christmas and the Things of Earth
Dec 17, 2014
This is what the Incarnation is all about: God restoring to us the ability to see him, to hear him, to know him, to enjoy him everywhere.
What’s in a Name?
Oct 9, 2014
The Scriptures are a gold mine of life and wisdom. But acquiring this gold requires labor and effort. We must look and look and look again until we see what’s there. We must pay attention to those little connecting words that link one statement to the next.
To Name the World
Sep 4, 2014
We don’t think about the mysterious power of speech enough. But words matter. The world was established by the word of the living God, by the God who is himself the Word. This same God has created us in his image and given us the awesome and wondrous gift of speech.
Putting on the Brave Face
Jun 15, 2014
Coaching tee ball is hard. And not just because it’s like herding a pack of wet cats. Or because five-year-olds generally prefer digging in the dirt to fielding grounders. Or because twenty minutes in, the main thing on half of…
When Envy Turns Deadly
Apr 16, 2014
Holy Week is a wonderful time for meditation and reflection. In addition to prayerfully considering the actions of Jesus in his triumphal entry and his temple cleansing and cursing, it’s worth reflecting on the actions of some of the other…
When Laughter Is an Act of Defiance
Dec 16, 2013
When you finally get the news, you hope you’ll be ready. You never know until the moment arrives, until you’re finally confronted with the long-awaited reality. A few weeks ago, my mom called to tell me that my father’s long…
Be the Smile of God to Your Children
Nov 7, 2013
He’s a squirmy one, he is. If I don’t watch him, he’ll wriggle off the bed. But he doesn’t want to. He’s enjoying the tickle fight too much. I can’t blame him. Those giggles make this father’s heart want to…
Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders
Oct 4, 2013
Joe Rigney exposes the pervasive, but often hidden, sin of envy.
Lewis Against Hipsters — And Those Who Despise Them
Small Talk — 2013 National Conference
Sep 27, 2013
Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles
Seminar — 2013 National Conference
Sep 27, 2013
Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry
Sep 25, 2013
In this article, Joe Rigney takes us to Narnia to teach us the lost art of chivalry.
Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders
Jun 20, 2013
Joe Rigney welcomes us into Narnia, the imaginary world of C.S. Lewis.
Envy Hunts in a Pack
Apr 24, 2013
Picture your bathroom. Now picture your toilet. Now, you know that space behind the toilet, the disgusting place where nobody goes? The place that, if you should happen to drop your toothbrush, it means that you’ll just have to buy…
Why Envy Is a Danger for the YRR
Apr 3, 2013
And behold, I saw a white horse. Its rider’s name was Success, and Envy followed him. Envy is a movement killer. And if you ask me, it is probably the fundamental danger facing the modest movement called Young, Restless Reformed…
‘Les Misérables’ and the Law of God
Jan 7, 2013
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is again a topic of conversation, and for good reason. Christians, in particular, have rightly celebrated the portrayal of the beauty of mercy and grace in this moving 150-year-old tale. Most of the theological analyses have…
The Story-Teller Who Entered In
Dec 22, 2012
God is an Author. This world is his story. We are his characters. I first heard of the analogy sitting in a college philosophy class, and I’ve used it ever since. I find it personally fruitful and pastorally helpful in…
So Where Was God?
Dec 21, 2012
The question is always the same. Where was God? After the initial shock and horror subsides, after the news crews go home, we’re always left with the same question: So where was he? Did he know ahead of time what…
Confronting the Problem(s) of Evil
Biblical, Philosophical, and Emotional Reflections on a Perpetual Question
Dec 15, 2012
Introduction Where was God? The question is always the same. After the initial shock and horror subsides, after the news crews go home, we're always left with the same question: Where was God? Did he know it was going to…