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 Labouring in Forbearance
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 What Submission is Not
Last week I was shocked to learn the news of a pastor I highly respect was fired for several instances of pastoral misconduct. When I read the statement prepared by the eldership of his church, I couldn’t believe it. I just listened to this guy preach a deeply encouraging sermon at a conference I recently attended. … Continue reading Witnessing Confessions, and Making Them Our Own
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 He Knows His Conqueror
English Puritan John Owen is regarded as one of the perennial theologians in church history, and had several areas of expertise. Perhaps the area of theology Owen is most consulted in is sin, and further, how we pursue holiness in mortifying sin. “Be killing sin, or it will be killing you,” Owen is known for … Continue reading John Owen’s Nine-Step Manual to Killing Sin
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 Grace Tried
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 What Would Paul Do?