Seven Strategies for Fighting Envy
Jul 1, 2018
Envy questions God’s plans, choices, and goodness. Envy is rebellion. Here are seven effective ways to fight it.
The Dangerous ‘Well Done’
Three Risks in Receiving Affirmation
Apr 14, 2018
It is sometimes good, and often dangerous, to be praised by other people. In the end, only one “well done” will matter.
To the Next Generation of Church Leaders
Three Reasons to Think Bigger Than Big
Mar 3, 2018
If you think your life would be wasted in a small church, in a small town, your God is not big enough yet.
The Secret Small Churches Know Best
Jan 21, 2018
Small churches may not have the best musicians, children’s ministry, or website. But they have a unique gift from God.
Meal Above All Meals
Five Reasons We Enjoy Eating with Jesus
Oct 22, 2017
Has the Lord’s Supper become humdrum for you, something you do mindlessly, something you’ve simply done for years?
Sunday Morning Is Not About Me
The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness
Sep 17, 2017
As we look away from ourselves in worship, to gaze upon God, we will find the gift and treasure of Psalm 33 — true, lasting joy.
To Faithful Pastors in Forgotten Places
Aug 27, 2017
If you are a faithful pastor in a forgotten town, you really can change and reshape the world.
Put God Back in the Golden Rule
Jul 23, 2017
Jesus’s Golden Rule cannot be domesticated and downsized to the equivalent of an insurance aphorism or a fortune-cookie slogan.
How to Lose the Things You Love
Jul 5, 2017
The best way to enjoy food, sex, music, money, influence, entertainment is to enjoy them less than God. Put the gift before God and you’ll lose both.
Stop Dating Jesus
We Know He Will Come, Just Not When
Jun 27, 2017
Jesus’s return is not a puzzle to figure out, but a promise from God to trust.
You Are Welcome Here
What Your Church Says to the World
Apr 11, 2017
You don’t need gorgeous buildings, or state-of-the-art ministries, or phenomenal music to bring glory to God.
What Really Matters in 2017
Jan 1, 2017
Reality is infinitely more precious than appearance. Our desire simply to look good should remind us of the surpassing value of real good.
To Us a Child Is Born
Dec 25, 2016
To a people waiting in darkness, enslaved to sin, in need of rescue, a child is born.
Are You Bored with Christ at Christmas?
Dec 19, 2016
If we’re bored with Christ at Christmas, it may be that we’ve grown too familiar with him in all the wrong ways.
Millions Will Eat, But Miss the Point
Nov 24, 2016
Millions of Americans will sit down this week before a splendid Thanksgiving dinner, but will not notice God at all or think to give him thanks.
Unless God Works, We Work in Vain
How Grace Levels Laziness and Pride
Nov 17, 2016
Some of us are tempted to work as if God does nothing and we do everything. Others act as if he does everything and we do nothing. Grace unlocks a better way.
Do Not Hope in Kings
Nov 7, 2016
Are you wondering how Jesus would respond to this election cycle? Pay close attention to how he acted toward the ruling authorities of his own day.
What Does TV Say About Sex?
Sep 19, 2016
Sex education class is in session constantly through our media, and much of it is deceptive. We have to ask how much we’re listening.
Kindness Changes Everything
Sep 4, 2016
Kindness is no small thing. It yields marvelous fruit both in our lives and the lives of those around us.
Gossip Says More About Me
Aug 15, 2016
We gossip because of what gossip promises to do for us. But the fulfillment gossip offers us can only be found in Jesus.
Questions to Ask Before We Gossip
Jul 27, 2016
Gossip is one of the most pervasive and destructive sins in the church today, but it’s also one of the hardest to define — and easiest to justify.
The Honest Truth About Passive-Aggressiveness
Jul 12, 2016
Passive-aggressiveness pretends to spare us conflict and save us from any personal responsibility.
Will I Be Single Forever?
Apr 9, 2016
Singleness sometimes comes with long periods of waiting. One key to waiting well is to fix our eyes on the stunning future ahead of us with Jesus.
Parents, You Can’t Build Heaven Here
Oct 28, 2015
Some of us expect our children to be heaven for us. Others expect to build heaven for them. We’re called to parent our children toward eternity.
Are You a Superstitious Calvinist?
Jul 21, 2015
John Calvin uses a surprising term to describe our neglect of the doctrine of God’s providence in the course of our everyday lives. He calls it superstition. Superstitious people wrongly attribute supernatural power to things that do not actually possess…