"Is duty a bad thing? No, it's not a bad thing. But it can only take you so far. If you want romance, duty won't reach."
What robs joy of its joyfulness? That is the question we have sought to dig into over the course of a few posts (see parts one, two, and three here). We have looked at Christian joy and its opposers with a close lens, in hopes that we will learn more about true Christian joy, and… Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Pride
Talking about giftedness has always been a sadly strange or underwhelming experience for me in church culture. Most of the time when we talk about the ways in which God has gifted us, we take one of two approaches: Emphasize the individuality of our gifts through some sort of "assessment" phase, or emphasize the unity of… Continue reading What the Reformation Can Teach Us About Giftedness
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” That was the maxim of Theodore Roosevelt, a good one at that. But Comparison, I'm learning, is not a loud enemy. It sneaks; it is often a thief indeed, coming "in the night" so to speak. It is not the kind that busts out windows with guns blazing. It… Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Comparison
What robs joy of its joyfulness? We began to think through this question last week. We started with the affirmation that joy is central to our dogma and practice as Christians. In other words, the Christian life is not very Christian if there is an absence of joy. We should strive to cultivate joy, and that oftentimes… Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Happiness
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” The Westminster Shorter Catechism is clear on this point. This is what precisely makes us Evangelical in our theology and practice. To live a life that finds joy in glorifying God supremely. At the center of our dogma, then, lies the concept of Christian… Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Introduction
If you've been a Christian for a long time, you probably remember Twila Paris's hit from 1993, "God Is In Control" (which, by the way, has a totally nineties music video to go along with it – I'm still trying to figure out the purpose of the ballerinas...). Many of us Amen the hard-charging refrain in the… Continue reading How “In Control” Is God?
I love this picture. Extremely simplistic, but saying so much. Quite the definition of a picture being worth a thousand words. Eve (left) is depicted with a downcast disposition, hanging on to the forbidden fruit with a sense of shame and guilt for everything she has done. Her cheeks blushed, her eyes searching. One could… Continue reading The Picture of Advent
We live in the Information Age, a time in which the opportunities and avenues to learn are endless. I have taken advantage of many of these mediums myself: I read every day, listen to podcasts, read blogs, get my news from broadcast networks and Twitter alike, even getting alerts on my cell phone. I am… Continue reading 3 Traps of the Undiscerning Heart