Three Lessons on Loving One Another
Oct 12, 2014
The scene could not have been more inauspicious: a low-lit room, full stomachs, and the feet on twelve grown men. This is never where you’d expect to find the greatest teaching ever on loving one another.
How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence?
Oct 6, 2014
What do we do about historical violences committed by the church that obstruct our neighbors from putting their faith in Jesus?
Learning How to Boast
Sep 29, 2014
What is it about us humans that makes us care so much about our own glory? What is this glory-chasing so common throughout the history of mankind?
Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible
Sep 27, 2014
This very basic reminder recalibrates our hearts and stills the swirling of our minds in daily Bible reading, especially when we find ourselves in a rut.
Don’t You Know Jesus Is Real?
Sep 18, 2014
We can read John’s vision. He wrote it down for us so that we would read it. He wants us to see what he saw. And when we do, when we read these words, there are two central questions we must face.
Can We Be Worthy of God’s Grace?
Sep 9, 2014
It is a question for our times: “what are those texts of Scripture most minimized?”
Baseball in September
Sep 8, 2014
There is something wonderfully Christian about September, especially baseball in September. It starts as something in the air. The heat dies down, the wind picks up, the leaves start to fall. One season is giving way to another, and in some stories, this would be pure gloom.
Are We Passionate for People?
Sep 1, 2014
How exactly does God comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain.
What Ferguson Has Done for One White Family
Aug 28, 2014
We’ve been discussing these things as a family for the last couple of weeks, and after lifting our hands in the air and asking “What can we do?,” it has become clear to us, at least for us, that the way forward is small.
Blessings Beyond Our Dreams
Aug 25, 2014
If we’re not careful, we’ll make the mistake of thinking that God’s real blessing is found in our giftedness, in what we’re able to build and where we’re able to go. But that’s not true.
The Sin in Our Cynicism
Aug 18, 2014
If we’re going to wrap our heads around cynicism (or loose its fangs from our heart), we need to start by understanding it’s a symptom of a greater disease. Cynicism, problematic as it is, presents itself more as the emblem of a wider epidemic.
Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?
Aug 13, 2014
Expounding Jesus’s love command, John Piper writes that we cannot claim to truly love someone while being indifferent toward what destroys them. If we love our enemies, then we must hate the evil of our enemies that makes them so.
God Works Wonders
Aug 4, 2014
God doesn’t have to take you where he does. He sees you. He hears you. He could say one word and you’d know it. But he doesn’t, and it must be because there’s something glorious that happens in those moments of our waiting.
What Is a Disciple?
Jul 28, 2014
What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what it means to be one.
Worship in the Dark
Jul 27, 2014
Sometimes the weight of our trials are so severe that we feel as if we can’t keep our heads above the water. The pain is so vicious, the malaise so thick, that we can’t imagine our situation ever changing. We can’t see healing. We can’t articulate hope. And when we try, it just hurts more.
Keep Praying That Prayer
Jul 23, 2014
My six-year-old daughter prays for her teddy bear to talk, and I haven’t told her to stop. Do I think God will answer her prayer? No, I do not — I mean, I don’t think the bear will talk. But…
You Can’t Buy Happiness
Jul 21, 2014
Restlessness isn’t the real problem. Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only…
That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant
Jul 17, 2014
She sat there docile, quiet, unmoved by the heat that emanated from this gentlemen’s red forehead. “What is the story here?,” I wondered. Others might have wondered the same. More patrons were watching by then. Quite the scene was forming, though it was nothing yet compared to what it would be.
Rest Because You Can
Jul 14, 2014
At night when we go to bed, on a whole day when we pause our projects, in a season of vacation or Sabbatical, our stopping work is our saying “Enough!” to the merry-go-round. We don’t have to ride this thing. There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9–10).
When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs
Jul 7, 2014
What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?
Putting Your City in Its Place
Jun 30, 2014
A few years ago, before starting a routine read through the Book of Acts, I picked up a green colored pencil to highlight every mention of cities and regions I might come across. Each occurrence of a geographical name was…
When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our Pleasure
Jun 23, 2014
The problem might go something like this. My family and I were sitting around the dinner table, and one of the kids said something funny. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but we were all laughing, all six of…
The Deep Joy of Self-Denial
Jun 19, 2014
Jesus gives us commands — “demands,” we might call them. They are words issued to us from his comprehensive authority in all of heaven and earth, all linked together in some way, forming a beautiful tapestry of what it means…
Would You Tackle the Gunman?
Jun 16, 2014
On Thursday, June 5, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, inside a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a student named Jon Meis pepper-sprayed a stranger and tackled him to the floor. An unknown gunman had opened fire…
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