Are You Hearing or Understanding?

If you were to turn on the cable news, you would likely see the news anchor with a person on her right and left. These two individuals would be discussing today's hot-button issue, but they wouldn't really be discussing. It's more like talking at one another, a game scored on smug insults and sizzling one-liners. … Continue reading Are You Hearing or Understanding?

On Well-Fed Birds and Pretty Flowers

Feeling the Ache of Anxiety Most of the time, it's a tightness at my shoulder blades that slowly evolves into a pain that creeps up my neck and wraps itself around my head. At other times, it has been a slight tightening in my chest that stretched to the bottom of my throat. Those are … Continue reading On Well-Fed Birds and Pretty Flowers

Parents, Confess Your Sin to Your Children

A vital part of parenting is teaching children important skills and lessons like how to cook, how to manage money, and how to drive a car. The fundamental task of Christian parenting is to raise children in the fear and instruction of the Lord (Prov. 1:7; Eph. 6:4). In other words, the call to parenting … Continue reading Parents, Confess Your Sin to Your Children

How’s Your Memory?

Memory is a powerful force. A memory from forty years ago may fill you with warm feelings every time you hear “White Christmas,” or that same song may bring memories of shouting and shattered glass. Our memories shape our perception of the world, and they affect our outlook on the future. Memory is an overlooked … Continue reading How’s Your Memory?

Tuning Your Soul to the New Creation Melody

A person's ear can be trained to hear any number of sounds. For some, it's the cry of their own child. For bird lovers, it may be the unique calls and chirps of birds living around them. For others still, the ear may be trained to hear the rhythm, pitch, and harmony of music. I … Continue reading Tuning Your Soul to the New Creation Melody

When Christian Controversy Loses the Gospel

When you're united with someone in vision and practice, it's easy to show respect and love. There is peace. Compliments and grace flow freely. But there is nothing uniquely Christian about showing admiration amidst agreement. Just watch a press conference after both parties in the House or Senate have worked together to pass some piece … Continue reading When Christian Controversy Loses the Gospel