The Foes of Joy: Pride

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

What the Reformation Can Teach Us About Giftedness

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

The Foes of Joy: Comparison

“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

10 Magnificent Quotes From “When Breath Becomes Air”

Last year, a book called When Breath Becomes Air was released to the world for reading. It's the kind of book that, on the surface, you wouldn't think would end up being discussed on this kind of blog. The book is the memoir and story of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon ten years in the making… Continue reading 10 Magnificent Quotes From “When Breath Becomes Air”

The Foes of Joy: Happiness

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

The Foes of Joy: Introduction

“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

Obama, Faith, and Hope (Book Review)

(The following is a book review for Michael R. Wear's book, "Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America," provided by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review." "Obama." The name itself is one of the most polarizing names of all. When some hear "Obama," progress, change, and hope come to… Continue reading Obama, Faith, and Hope (Book Review)

Transformational Transfer: On Bible Meditation

It's mid-January at the writing of this post. Many of you are holding on with some sense of a grip to your 2017 Bible reading plan. Bible reading plans have become their own entity of sorts. In fact, searching the amazingly generic term "reading plan" in Google leads users to thousands of pages on different Bible reading plans. In… Continue reading Transformational Transfer: On Bible Meditation

8 Prayers For America

Inauguration Day is just days away. It is hard for me to believe that this day is actually coming, in a lot of ways. For one, it has been a long eight years since I watched Obama's inauguration. I remember sitting in the booth of a local barbecue joint with my family, watching history take place.… Continue reading 8 Prayers For America