An #IsaiahChristmas Catechism

For the second year in a row now, I have spent the Advent season reading through the book of Isaiah. Blogger, author, and Twitter aficionado Tony Reinke helped to start this project and did a wonderful job setting the trajectory for our study of it, and hundreds have joined along online. This year, I wanted... Continue Reading →

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Putting God to the Test in Prayer

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. - 2 Timothy 2:13 What does your prayer life look like when trouble comes? When hard circumstances come galloping over our horizon, everyone wants to have the prayer life of David: Dust off the harps. Go to our prayer closet. Recite the Valley... Continue Reading →

True Passion for God’s Word

  We should all have the passion for reading God's Word of the man in this story. Evangelist Robert L. Sumner, in his book The Wonder of the Word of God, tells of a man in Kansas City who was severely injured in an explosion. His face was badly disfigured, and he lose his eyesight as... Continue Reading →

Suffering and the Wisdom of God

Life presents us circumstances that force us to ask, "Why?" We feel like Job. Devoted followers of Christ who just had the rug pulled out from under us. We shake our fist at God. "What have you done?" "None of this makes sense." "I deserve better." Remember what God said to Job out of the... Continue Reading →

Prayer Necessities

I have been thinking a lot about prayer lately. Last week I wrote about the difficulty of unanswered prayers, and how they become for our good in many ways. Today I turn to the simple concept of prayer itself, and making adequate time for it in our lives. “I have so much to do that... Continue Reading →

Lament, Racial Reconciliation, and Hope

This has been a hard week for me. I preached Sunday on the need for racial reconciliation in our churches and communities. I long for better friendships and relationships with those not like me. I'm saddened at the prejudice that resides in my own heart, and I want to be different. This week, two major... Continue Reading →

The Presence of God

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad... Continue Reading →

A Memo on The Message

I recently picked up my wife’s copy of The Message (for those of you already rolling your eyes, more on this in a moment) and was skimming over the introduction, a couple passages, and then the endorsements on the back. After seeing many people commend Eugene Peterson’s excellent work on this popular volume, it was... Continue Reading →

The Real Power of “I Am”

Motivational speaker and best-selling author Joel Osteen (also pastor of Lakewood Church if you feel that title fits) recently released a new book called The Power of I Am. I haven’t read the book, and won’t, but from what I’ve gathered from a couple interviews and reviews, the gist of the book is pretty simple:... Continue Reading →

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