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 →

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The Grace of Rest

When God extinguishes our light so that night follows day, long shadows spread over our cities and towns. With the hours of the night and the darkness in which life becomes enveloped, we gain the rest of sleep. It is a steady cycle in our lives by which God's mercy gives new grace to his... Continue Reading →

Connections & Affections (Part 3)

This week we continue our study of technology, relationships, and how the two should relate to each other. In the first post, I presented the problem: that technology is becoming a substitute for relationships, an office it was never meant to hold. In the second post, we looked at six core biblical principles that greatly... Continue Reading →

True Passion for God’s Word

  We should all have the passion for reading God's Word of the man in this story. Evangelist Robert L. Sumner, in his book The Wonder of the Word of God, tells of a man in Kansas City who was severely injured in an explosion. His face was badly disfigured, and he lose his eyesight as... Continue Reading →

Shine as Many Stars

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3) Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To be wise is a noble thing in itself: in this place it refers... Continue Reading →

Surpassing Ourselves in Goodness

No one in this earthly prison of the body has sufficient strength to press on with due eagerness, and weakness so weighs down the greater number that, with wavering and limping and even creeping along the ground, they move at a feeble rate. Let each one of us, then, proceed according to the measure of... Continue Reading →

Labouring in Forbearance

I am not the guy to write this article. One of the pastors I follow on Twitter tweets out a link, endorsing an article written by a women whose theological views are fairly out of line with Scripture. I grow frustrated. "Why does her platform keep growing? And why is he spreading this nonsense?" Eyeroll. I'm driving... Continue Reading →

What Submission is Not

A common, but often quiet difficulty in the Christian life is discerning how to have an appropriate response when faced with difficult circumstances or afflictions. When we read Scripture, we may sometimes get the sense that submitting to God's will in light of persecution came easy to apostles like Paul. But is this true?  We need... Continue Reading →

He Knows His Conqueror

How can we enter into Christ’s victory and prevail over the devil’s power? How can we be numbered among the “overcomers”? How can we hope to throw the enemy back, not only in our own lives but in the world he has usurped? First, we are told to resist the devil. “Resist him, standing firm... Continue Reading →

Grace Tried

Oh, what owe I to the file, to the hammer, to the furnace of my Lord Jesus! who hath now let me see how good the wheat of Christ is, that goeth through His mill, and His oven, to be made bread for His own table. Grace tried is better than grace, and it is... Continue Reading →

What Would Paul Do?

Remember those famous nylon acrostic bracelets we all sported back in the 90s? The motivation for wearing them was simple: It was to remind us to be mindful, through our daily decisions, struggles, and conversations, to approach them the way Jesus would. It served as a visual trigger for that famous rhetorical question pastors and... Continue Reading →

Attacking Trivial Church: Part Two

Our series continues on the “trivial church” and how we can regain an accurate understanding of its designed function. In the first post, we looked at some common “blanket statements” made about the universal Church. This time we will be focusing on the some of the more localized and personal reasons why people may choose... Continue Reading →

Attacking Trivial Church: Part One

There are two ecclesiological extremes people are going to today in evangelicalism. The first extreme is when people place an unnecessary emphasis on the Church and its role and function in the body of Christ. Many ultra-conservative church leaders urge members to have perfect attendance on Sunday and be dressed appropriately, which means they better... Continue Reading →

Calling Men to Meekness

Originally published at cbmw.org. The English language is one of, if not the most, complicated languages in the world, but not because there is a word for every emotion or feeling. Our language tends to do an injustice to words derived from other ancient or historic languages. We suffer from this repercussion at various points... Continue Reading →

Freedom in Jail

I wrote a poem from Paul’s perspective inspired from Philippians 1:12–14. I’m not a poet, but I thought I’d share. I miss the glimpses of nightly stars; Morning and evening pass without me. Three walls of stone and a wall of bars; Darkness is all I ever see. I’m still not used to the sounds... Continue Reading →

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