God Loves Us Enough to Disappoint Us

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 →

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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: 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: 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 →

7 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 →

How “In Control” Is God?

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 →

My Most-Read Articles From 2016

In 2016 I’ve had the privilege of writing for a lot of places besides my own personal blog. I’ve been grateful to the various sites who have hosted my work, and most importantly, grateful to you dear readers who have encouraged me, supported me, shared me, and engaged with my work throughout the year. It’s been... Continue Reading →

The Picture of Advent

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 →

3 Traps of the Undiscerning Heart

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 →

Homeless at Home

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 →

Help in Unbelief

You may not readily admit it, but you've been there with me. The ever-irksome foe named Doubt darkens your door of faith, casting a shadow over everything you have believed for much of your life. Paralyzed by the fear of what this might do to your relationship with God, and to top it off, your reputation with those... Continue Reading →

Post-Election Repentance

As I watched the electoral votes climb for Donald Trump into the wee hours of November 9th, I sat in amazement over the coverage, with one word on my mind. How? I remember sitting in the kitchen of my in-laws house, waking up that morning to news in mid-June of 2015 that Donald Trump was... Continue Reading →

Hope for the Hurting

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall... Continue Reading →

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