My problem? I tend to think God forgives like I do.
The newest addition to my family is a Patterdale Terrier named Django. With a name like that, it's no surprise that I'm fascinated by Quentin Tarantino's art. He's a master at his craft. His movies are some of the most violent and gritty that have ever been made, but also some of the most provocative.
Tarantino's films show us the genius of how mundane conversation can lead to…
Jesus is not the poster boy for old-time religion. He’s not the Bible Belt co-pilot. He’s not the post-modern homeboy. Jesus is the covenant-making God filling up the old in himself and pouring out the newness we long for.
Here’s Christ’s kingdom offer: all our striving and trying for all his finished and accomplished.
What is the key to unlock the deep mysteries of eternal life? A humble recognition that we don’t have it all together.
Come, my soul, exult before the God of grace and leap for joy of heart.
Discipleship to Christ is very difficult. But it is incomparably joyful.
While pastors rest in the finished work of Christ, there is a healthy burden we should feel for leading the way for our congregation in obedience to the Word of God. They should be able to look at our lives and we should be able to say the words of Paul, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”
Holding a grudge never ever results in what we think it will.
You get the story wrong if you don’t see Jesus as the center and the goal. But when you get it right, you understand, as Stephen did, that suffering makes sense.
Why memorize the Scriptures? What would be the benefits of this practice that most people would consider obsolete today, in an age in which the digital revolution has all but made it redundant?
What if the autonomy you seemingly operate under really casts something of an illusion?
Life transitions remind me that identity is a complex topic and not something that can be reduced to one or two things, like being a wife and mother. There are many layers that make up who we are, but the one most important layer is the foundation.
Living in a fallen world means living in perpetual winter, at least in the morning. With each frosty morning, we must grab our tools and get to work.
Would to God, that we might feel his presence this day and every day.
All of this makes me wonder: If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I?
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…
"Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening."
The key to staying on the right course is GPS.
For elder and younger brother types alike, the Father in heaven extends a generous and affectionate ‘welcome home.’
Why do you think Abel's sacrifice was accepted and Cain's was not. Did God just like Abel better? Did Abel know the right religious words or jump through the right religious hoops?
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 . . .
A gospel for the mundane. A gospel for the sorrow. A gospel for the dark hours of early mornings.
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.
The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.
To my grandpa, the gospel was the good news of rest.
I am not against you, friend. I’m against the golden calf that I’ve seen built in your midst.
I am transformed from a person who balks at King David’s selfishness and short-sightedness into a person who bawls alongside of him.
Does Jesus want to heal you? In this lifetime, it’s possible he does.
When I feel small, there is the gospel that reminds me that my size and worth is determined by that which was sacrificed for me.
Limits are gifts that help us remember that our greatest gift is a God who is limitless.
By God’s design, my family keeps growing and spreading. Certainly aspects of that are incredibly difficult. But when I think of the treasured people in my life that I never would have met had I not moved around as much as I did, and when I anticipate the hope of that happening again, that tastes pretty sweet to me.
The fear of man leads to hypocrisy. The fear of God leads to courage.
Slowing down should frustrate our flesh, but in a different way; it brings quietness of heart amid the noise of life.
The flesh may counterfeit Spirit-fruit. But it cannot produce genuine fruit.
Why, O Father, must I endure this cycle of repentance in hard-heartedness forever?
What in the world does it mean to be gospel-centered? What does it look like to have a gospel life?
A Gospel Life will have these 5 M's as it's lens that it sees and does everything through. These become a way of thinking, living, responding and reacting to life. You'll find that there is a gospel wakefulness that oozes in everything. Gospel growth can occur by applying…
Jesus was trampled by the wrath of God on our behalf.
Believe this and you will have the key to what upholds the universe.
Hello, my name is Kristen, and I am a habitual nail-picker.
Our resurrection is coming! Every physical blessing in the heavenly places belongs to us. It is coming for us, but not yet.
I don’t want to ultimately hope in motherhood, or comfort, or health, or man’s acclaim, or even my beloved husband. I want to hope in Glory.
Mimi is a good reminder, to me at least, to curb my ambition and instead simply, faithfully seek Christ.
What is the dumbest thing you have ever said? You probably don't want to repeat it. Since, I think it is edifying, I'll reset my moment. I was a new Christian and was talking to my wife one Sunday afternoon when I dropped this gem on her: “Christianity is so easy. I don't see what the big deal is.” But, I wasn't finished “I read my Bible, pray and talk…
When we go to ourselves for our confidence or encouragement we will end up finding more doubt.
The disconnect happens when we forget who we are in Christ and choose to live in our old ways of self-reliance, self-determination, and self-rule.
Receiving is difficult. Being given something affects us differently than being the giver. Receiving something is harder than earning it, especially for driven people.
A grace that turns inward is no grace at all.
The Word tells us to be sober - to have a clear mind going in - so that when the taunting from the enemy comes, we will be ready.
As flawed humans, we don’t always reflect this patient willingness to repeat ourselves.