"Sprowl." That's how new I was to R.C. Sproul's ministry. Delivering the first sermon I would ever preach before my peers at college ministry (Isaiah 48:9-11), I ended up pronouncing his last name "Sprowl" the day I gave my message. Should an esteemed seminary professor ever get a hold of that audio file (they won't),... Continue Reading →
Theology is meant to care for souls, in ordinary moments, on bad days, even to those who don't own a bookshelf.
Why are your people abused, persecuted and killed? Can't you protect them? I can, little child. Then do something. I did, my son.
"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 →
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 →
Tucked away in an article by Sammy Rhodes on a different topic, I found a phrase that has stuck with me for quite some time now. It's one worth expounding on: "God loves us enough to disappoint us." At first reading, that may seem a bit baffling. After all, John 3:16 doesn't say, "For God so... Continue Reading →
“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 →
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 →
“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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
The Christian optimism is based on the fact that we do not fit in the world. I had tried to be happy by telling myself that man is an animal, like any other which sought its meat from God. But now I really was happy, for I had learnt that man is a monstrosity. I had... Continue Reading →
My wife and I spent the evening at some friends' house recently. It's one of those friendships where the husbands are very alike, and the wives are very alike, so it's easy spending time with them. I cherish their friendship. They have three children, all girls, who are such a joy to be around. On this... Continue Reading →
The point is this: We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things; and when we trade that treasure for images, everything is disordered. The sun of God's glory was made to shine at the center of the solar system of our soul. And when it does, all the planets... Continue Reading →
Towards the end of every week I usually post a paragraph or two quote, normally something I have read recently that's resonated with me. So, in my search to find some interesting thoughts on gratitude for Thanksgiving Day, I came across some wonderful words on gratitude, derived from completely unexpected authors. Here is a sampling: "The... Continue Reading →
I believe that God can and will bring good out of evil, even out of the greatest evil. For that purpose he needs men who make the best use of everything. I believe that God will give us all the strength we need to help us to resist in all time of distress. But he... Continue Reading →