So what are your hands?
Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church . . .
So this is the story of how J.I. Packer made me cry.
The grace of God is scandalous.
You know the feeling as well as I do. There is someone who brings something to us – it’s an accusation, it’s a criticism, it’s a rebuke – it’s a whatever. We. Must. Respond. Curious, though, that Jesus did not feel the same need.
Even in our moments of failure, doubt, and fear, he is still strong and sure.
Those who worship idols eventually become like the idols they worship.
Blowing on the Gospel embers of young Timothy’s heart, the Apostle Paul fans into flame the grace-producing calling on the Ephesus disciple-maker.
While Satan comes to accuse, Christ comes to accept.
Where the law announces death, Christ announces eternal life.
While we're all blame-shifting, Jesus is blessing-shifting.
"But when the believer discovers this pearl of great price itself, then his soul cleaves to it with joy.”
The "leadoff hitter" of Western lit carries the responsibility of setting the tone for all future literature. And does it ever.
No one obligates you to do what you delight in. You do it freely, without external compulsion or obligation. So it is to be with God’s people and God’s word.
A gospel for the mundane. A gospel for the sorrow. A gospel for the dark hours of early mornings.
When you're staring at the end of the rope with the threads so frayed that you can't believe a rope once existed . . .
My heart sank. I made the call that no one, not even a pastor, likes to make.
The best help for your husband is prayer. Here are 5 ways to pray for him . . .
That we don’t open this divine revelation with eyes wide, mouths gaping, hearts leaping out of our chest is an astonishment of its own.
If salvation is to be had at all it must be of divine origin.
Oh, wondrous grace of God, that he owns his son when that son is still an Egyptian slave.
Holding justification and adoption together is supremely important.
We cannot sit idly by in our churches while 6,000 people groups making up over 2.9 billion people have never even heard the gospel.
Not too long ago, my five-year old daughter asked me why I exercise, and I hesitated. The language we use regarding food is vitally important.
How do I know God hears and answers us?
The problem is not that we hold a few in high esteem, the problem is that we hold too few in high esteem.
Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.
Far too many of our conversations are about why one church is the best in polity, or how a specific kind of music, preaching style, discipleship model, major, leadership training program, or missions agency is superior to all others.
"One of the most intense times of worship I have ever experienced.” This caption came across my Instagram notifications a few weeks back. I never would have expected a picture of a young man standing in front of a mirror in his bathroom with a bewildered smirk on his face.
Our worry isn’t about our circumstances; it’s about our hearts.
In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.
The cross of Christ both proves and founds God's eagerness to forgive.
A great many persons go about their supposed lifework without thinking about God.
The sugar crash after eating too much candy is strikingly analogous to some experiences with Christianity.
We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.
What do you do when life feels like this? When weakness is the air you breathe?
My face fell as my husband gave me his honest feedback. I couldn’t blame him for speaking the truth—I had asked for his comments. Deep down, however, I didn’t want to receive his correction; I wanted to be right.
Not being a robot means it’s open season for grace.
We must fight the treasonous compass of our flesh that can forget and believe there is wisdom wiser than God.
"Just give me the ball. I will run out of gas ten yards in, pull up with a muscle cramp, and collapse with two high ankle sprains."
It does our generation little credit that such passion for truth and holiness strikes an alien note in our minds.
While fullness is treasured up in Christ, it is not said to be treasured up in the doctrines of Christ.
“Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and realizing of the gospel in our souls.”
If my only motivation for sharing the gospel is that I should, then there is something incredibly broken in me. Christianity is not a should religion.
During seasons of profound frustration, the pragmatism bug begins to seep into my heart. I scavenge the church-self-help books on Amazon or roam the web for the latest curriculum that will finally deliver its promised result to bring spiritual life. I look for the latest trends, methods, or man-made strategies to do what only God can do.
Sometimes ministry life is downright gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. But that's not quite the whole story.
We live in the dual realities of what God has done and what He’s going to do; of the joy of salvation and the longing for redemption; of what is and what will be.
I don’t care what the clock says. Some days are longer than others.
I don’t “have to” read my Bible every day, I need to.
Why are we all so sure we know what love is?
As we let the idea of the Lord's Prayer soak deeper into our hearts, we are confronted sometimes by our individualistic excess.
We are the rebellion against the rebellion. But this rebellion is fueled by love, grace, forgiveness, compassion and service. But there is another weapon we have at our disposal. It’s an unlikely one, something that we wouldn’t typically think of as being powerful.