What About Me Right Now?
Sometimes we prefer the safety of our misery to the promises of God.
Thoughts about Christmas Sermons
Of all opportunities for special occasion sermons, I have found Christmas to be a uniquely powerful cultural opportunity. In our nation there are almost universally recognized sights, sounds, scenes, and foods associated with the time each year when we celebrate Christmas. What a pastoral gift.
Thoughts on Studying Revelation
Revelation unveils with more clarity and greater specificity the glorious triumph of the Lamb, our Lord, Savior, and King—Jesus Christ.
Don’t Waste Your Life Following Your Passion
It is the time of year where graduations abound. Commencement speakers and familial advice-givers are saying things like: “Follow your passion!” “Chase your dreams!” “Focus on being true to yourself!” “You can change the world!” On the whole, such admonitions are dreadful advice and will paralyze, not liberate, those who embrace them. As far as […]
Football and Sanctification
Here, I hope to point to some lessons from sports that I have been able to leverage for spiritual growth. My hope is that these examples will help you to think more intentionally and profitably as a Christian about your interaction with sports and doing so will be a catalyst toward sanctification.
Ingratitude, Ethics, and Porn
In Ephesians 5:3, Paul asserted that sexual immorality was rooted in covetousness and he goes on to explain that covetousness is idolatry (Eph. 5:5). Covetousness flows from a sense of entitlement and thankfulness is its opposite. Each possesses ethical consequences.
Men: A Plan for Simple but Hard Discipleship
Every Christian is to follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and long to see the character of Jesus reflected in their life. The Bible refers to following Christ in this way as discipleship. Thus, the vital question for every man who longs to be a disciple of Christ and to disciple his family, is how?
Merry Christmas Now and Forever: Irenaeus on the Incarnation of Christ
For Irenaeus, history is integral to the incarnation. Christ is taking on our entire story and in the life of Christ, we see all of salvation history recapitulated.
Thanksgiving in Everything, Not for Everything
Above all, we know God is working in every situation to bring good to those who are His (Rom 8:28)—which does not mean that everything that happens to the believer is itself, “good.”
Dads, Shepherding Sons in the In-Between Times
The goal is to create a culture where the transition from childhood to adulthood is marked is by intentional action and not by apathy.