We all have to deal with uncontrollable circumstances that beat us down or even change our very lives. People disappoint or damage us. Sometimes our righteous anger morphs into anger against our Maker. Continue reading Can You Be Angry At God Without Sinning?
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
Legend has it that once a famous newspaper, The Times of London, ran a cover story addressing the penultimate question, “What’s Wrong With the World?” The story goes that the newspaper consulted various philosophers and thinkers for the project, searching for competing answers. They came to Catholic theologian Gilbert Keith Chesterton and asked him to … Continue reading What is Wrong With the World?
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
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