The digging never ends, but in the digging, we experience the treasure of Christ himself. Continue reading Cartographers for Christ
When Christ saves us, he saves us from more than sin and spiritual death. He saves us to a transformed life, with no aspect left behind—not even our minds. Continue reading Can We Really Have The Mind of Christ?
We all have to deal with uncontrollable circumstances that beat us down or even change our very lives. People disappoint or damage us. Sometimes our righteous anger morphs into anger against our Maker. Continue reading Can You Be Angry At God Without Sinning?
God gives us the reminders we need in the places we don’t expect them. Continue reading New Birth
“Grace” is one of the richest words in our Christian vernacular, and yet, that’s often all it remains—a word. Continue reading 10 Ways To Identify True Grace
“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 Remembering R.C.
A protestor, a reformer, a revolutionary, a hothead – and so much more. Continue reading Martin Luther: An Ordinary Reformer
Don’t be so immersed in capturing the moment that you miss it altogether. Continue reading Don’t Take a Picture; It Won’t Last Longer.
Theology is meant to care for souls, in ordinary moments, on bad days, even to those who don’t own a bookshelf. Continue reading Theology For the Least of These
Why are your people abused, persecuted and killed? Can’t you protect them? I can, little child. Then do something. I did, my son. Continue reading “A Spontaneous Lament”
“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.” Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Duty
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
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 Homeless at Home
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 The Centrality of God’s Glory