“I’ll be praying for you” has become nothing more than a religious platitude.
There is a question that is normally a part of the application process of ministry positions: "Give us a clear and concise definition of the gospel in your own words." It could be, however, that unless you have applied for a position in ministry, you may have never actually done this before. I have been a… Continue reading Write Out the Gospel
“Please excuse the mess.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. Hannah and I make plans for dinner at 6:00 with a couple we have not spent much time with before. We are both off of work and speed-walking from the garage into the house with thirty minutes left before our guests will… Continue reading Embracing Mess
You may not readily admit it, but you've been there with me. The ever-irksome foe named Doubt darkens your door of faith, casting a shadow over everything you have believed for much of your life. Paralyzed by the fear of what this might do to your relationship with God, and to top it off, your reputation with those… Continue reading Help in Unbelief
I do have one prayer request. Pray that I'll have strength in my soul and in my physical body, so that I won't just give lip service to martyrdom but will actually desire to go through with it. I don't want to merely call myself a Christian–I want to back it up when it counts.… Continue reading Ignatius’ Final Prayer Request
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33) The word "Oh" is short, but weighty. Have you thought about it? It carries many connotations. "Oh" is sometimes a way of communicating surprise, for example. A waiter informs us they… Continue reading Recovering “Oh!” In Gospel Proclamation
I am not the guy to write this article. One of the pastors I follow on Twitter tweets out a link, endorsing an article written by a women whose theological views are fairly out of line with Scripture. I grow frustrated. "Why does her platform keep growing? And why is he spreading this nonsense?" Eyeroll. I'm driving… Continue reading Labouring in Forbearance
Do you remember being enraptured by the wonder of the sky long ago? I don't remember the details, but I remember the moments. Parting the shoes and clothes occupying my closet to get to its deepest corners, I pulled out that shiny red telescope like it was Excalibur. It was my instrument for awe. I scurried down the hallway… Continue reading Fear and Sky