2 Kinds of Outdoing
Aug 11, 2008
What should Christians, especially those who are non-sports fans, make of the Olympics Everything in the material universe points to something of significance in the non-material realm. By saying so, I am not trying to diminish the significance of the…
Discussion with Sam Crabtree
Feb 27, 2011
Practicing affirmation is an often neglected discipline that involves keeping our eyes open for sightings of Jesus in other people and calling them out when we do.
Six Important Links to the Meaning of Hope
Dec 8, 2011
Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. 1. Link Between Gratitude and Hope Gratefulness looks…
Is It God-Centered to Praise People?
Mar 13, 2012
Isn’t the commendation of people idolatrous? If we should make our boast in God alone, how dare we praise mere people? Have we gone off the deep end, away from God-centeredness and into the popular cultural psycho-jargon of self-esteem? No.…
Moving From Fuzzy Platitudes to Concrete Praise
Mar 14, 2012
Yesterday we saw wisdom in commending that which is most commendable in people. What is it that makes something commendable? All beauty is rooted in Jesus Christ, who is the flawless standard of everything good. We should praise that which…
Praising Others Is Not Optional
Mar 15, 2012
God-centered praise of those who are not God is not optional. A fire not stoked goes out. A refrigerator unplugged rots the eggs. A garden not tended erupts with weeds. Affirmation is the fire-stoking, refrigerator-electrifying, garden-tending side of relationships. Relationships…
Brothers, Praise Somebody Other Than God
Nov 29, 2012
Brothers, praise somebody other than God. I can hear blasphemy sirens going off in readers’ minds. If “praise somebody other than God” means “praise somebody instead of God,” or “more than God,” the concern is warranted indeed. But if…
Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders
Sep 7, 2013
Sam Crabtree commends the joy of commending others.
20 Verses for God-Centered Administrators
Nov 13, 2013
God doesn’t need us. We need him. Don’t get the roles reversed. We are not indispensable. He is. This is an essential reminder for all of us — and especially those of us in heavily administrative and “executive” roles. We…
Still Not Professionals
Ten Pleas for Today’s Pastors
Dec 27, 2013
In this collection of writings, nine veteran pastors challenge and encourage the next generation of church leaders.
The Pastor as Lead Affirmer
Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors
Feb 3, 2014
Pastors are not to build up the self-esteem of their people but rather lead by example in affirming others, because God is an affirmer.
Until Death Do Us Part — For Real
Apr 9, 2014
If anything but death is an option for ending a marriage, then don’t say “until death” in your wedding vows. Tell the truth. Promise what is meant. Say something like “until adultery, abandonment, or abuse.” Say what you mean. God…
The Pleasure of Praising Others
Dec 3, 2015
God is not only praised by praising him directly for who he is and for his works in nature, but when we commend other people.
Parents, Let Your ‘No’ Be ‘No’
Oct 13, 2016
When we parents say one thing to our children and ultimately cave and do something else, we are training our children not to trust us.
When a Child Disobeys
Six Steps for Healthy Correction
Feb 21, 2019
Parents, correction will be most effective when it’s given in a context of consistent affirmation.
Should Parents Spank Their Children?
Sep 5, 2020
Not all spanking harms children — but some may. So, what distinguishes good spanking from bad?
How Do I Talk to My Children About Sex?
Feb 6, 2021
Teaching our children about sex has to do with God: What has he said? What does he want? Will we trust and follow him?
Children Grow Slow and Leave Fast
Aug 16, 2021
Don’t begrudge the slowness of parenting. Raising a child will not be efficient, and it cannot be rushed — but with God’s help, it can be done well.
Fatherhood for Imperfect Dads
Jan 29, 2022
Fathers, your children will fall short of your expectations. And you will fall short of your own. Don’t let imperfection keep you from loving well.
My Flesh and My Heart Did Fail
Learning from a Health Scare
May 25, 2022
“My flesh and my heart may fail. . . .” The words take on new, greater, and richer meaning when you actually experience your heart stop beating.
What If God Were Happy?
Feb 1, 2023
Many of us have believed and obeyed and even loved a God who made and rules all things. But what if that God were also infinitely happy?
A Leader for the Long Haul
The Legacy of Enduring Pastors
Jul 7, 2023
Some of the men most worthy of honor get exceedingly little attention — and they don’t mind that a bit. Meet a pastor who loved his people well for the long haul.
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