No, Victoria Osteen is not exactly right when she says we ought to do good for ourselves instead of for God, but neither is she totally wrong. She's derailed and in the ditch, but the right track is in eyesight.
Osteen is not totally wrong, because walking with God is a—let the reader understand—happy thing. It's a different kind of happy, to be sure. But it's…
Whole relationships carry on in the dark sometimes, especially in churches, where everyone is in relationship with everybody's projected version of themselves, with facades.
Salvation by Christ's work is a gift of grace received through faith. This salvation is total (Romans 8:30) and we see its totality in John 6.
Jared Wilson leads session five at the For The Church Conference on the Truth and Shepherding.
As changing views on gay marriage, among others, go to show, secularization marches on. Traditionalists may be on the losing end of historic real estate, at least for now, as well as booed out of the public square for their views on sex. Down the road, though, they still look to possess something else critical.
We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.
Someday, Jesus the Redeemer will return to redeem everything. Fully. Completely. Eternally.
An upright life is a grace to others.
If you are only taking notes during the sermon because you feel you must, because you treat the sermon like a lecture or "lesson," I would encourage you to reconsider.
If you hear this, it won't be from Jesus.
Jesus commands humility from us but he does not leave the humble man hanging!
A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.
I love my friend Jesus, because he's sweet in all the ways I deeply need and greatly want.
Who is this King of glory?
Complementarianism is not generally about authority/submission, as if they exist in a moral vacuum. It is about what biblical authority/submission look like. Any man who treats his wife in a neglectful or abusive way is no complementarian; he is a walking perversion of manhood in need of repentance.
The art of preaching the gospel falls not only within the category of Instruction but also Exultation.
How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life?
Calling Peter a "rock" is like when we nickname a fat guy "Slim."
I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.
We share a couple of things in common besides our name. One is a dark reality. The other is a greater Truth.
"I thank you God that I'm not like those religious people."
It's not the strength of the faith that saves, but the strength of the Savior.
Not warm fuzzies.
"So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples." - Matthew 28:8
"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." - Mark 16:18
"But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen…
For The Church managing editor Jared C. Wilson preaches on the inevitability of weakness in pastoral minstry and the necessity of the gospel for pastoral ministry at the 2014 Desiring God Pastors Conference pre-conference event.
Our Christ's preciousness is more than deserving to be adorned with the drink offering of our very lives. And it is our willingness to adore him in and through our breaking open that shows we believe this.
The gospel is indeed the antidote to every sin and suffering. But "just preach the gospel" misses the mark as the solution to all manner of ills, because the good news has necessary implications that adorn and amplify it.
This is not the image that most readily comes to mind when we think of pastoral ministry. Nobody flocks to pastor's conferences to learn about this. But it is incredibly important.
On this Reformation Day anniversary, here is a reflection on sola fide for the pastor and an encouragement to shepherd "by faith, and not by sight."
These words gave me permission to wonder at God and to deepen in enjoyment of the true story of his Son’s reigning forevermore.
We don’t begin by the Spirit and continue by the flesh (Gal. 3:3). We are not followers of Christ-and-something-else-ianity.
In the beginning, God created my body and mind.
But my heart was without form and void . . .
This mystery is grasp-able because it itself comes near and grasps.
Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Minister's Legacy" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.
The truth is, you’ve never met a wronged spouse like Jesus.
I just wanted to know he was there.
"The Christian life is the life of sons and daughters; it is not the life of slaves. It is freedom, not bondage. Of course, we are slaves of God, of Christ, and of one another. We belong to God, to Christ, to one another, and we love to serve those to whom we belong. But this kind of service is freedom.
"What the Christian life is not, is…
Discipleship to Christ is very difficult. But it is incomparably joyful.
One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor's arsenal is "I don't know."
Not what. Who.
There is this really magical thing that happens in homes all over the world. When you first have a child, you want your child to crawl. And then you want your kid to walk. My first child, Audrey, pulled herself to the coffee table. When she got to the coffee table, she began to bounce on her knees, and then she began to coast along. From there she started…
“The head of all rule and authority” had one of those wobbly baby heads.
Same methods, different results. What gives?
Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona, and their programs.
The safe Jesus of modern evangelicalism is not offensive, but neither is He very compelling.
We need the Jesus who loves us in our Genesis 13 moments and our Genesis 12 moments.
Jesus has a word for you today about tomorrow.
Jesus is our moral example, of course, but the power for enduring, joyful obedience comes not from trying to be like him, but in first believing that he has become like us . . .
When you have Christ, you have everything.