Putting God to the Test

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. - 2 Timothy 2:13 What does your prayer life look like when trouble comes? When hard circumstances come galloping over our horizon, everyone wants to have the prayer life of David: Dust off the harps. Go to our prayer closet. Recite the Valley… Continue reading Putting God to the Test

A New Standard: A Review of the Christian Standard Bible

If you're like me, you already have a handful of Bibles with different translations on your desk or shelf or at the office. We've all got a KJV laying around somewhere, but we also have our ESV's, NIV's, NASB's, and not to mention the dozens more translations available on our Bible apps. So, why another translation? Haven't we… Continue reading A New Standard: A Review of the Christian Standard Bible

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Book Review)

Just over ten years before this writing, the iPhone was announced to the world. No one knew at the time what such technology meant. It all seemed a little silly to me. I remember some of the reviews of the original iPhone. “It doesn’t show much promise.” “I don’t understand why tapping on a screen… Continue reading 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Book Review)

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