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
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Ps. 127:2) My eyes would snap open at 2:30 a.m., and the concerns would already be running laps around my mind. What are we going to do financially … Continue reading Sleeping as an Act of Faith
Dear Christian Millennial, I am writing to you about a recent study published about us that reports almost half of practicing Christians in our age range say that it is wrong to evangelize. We have a growing notion that it is inappropriate to tell someone that their deeply held belief or worldview is incorrect. I … Continue reading A Letter to My People (Millennial Christians)
The initial post in this series discussed the goal of our love for one another: holiness. It is one thing to say that our love should be directed toward another person's Christlikeness, and it's quite another to know exactly how we can love in that manner. Rather than dreaming up some complicated program to love … Continue reading The Path of Christian Love: Part 2
This post was originally published at Gospel-Centered Discipleship. I highly recommend you check them out if you're looking for other content that is rich in gospel truths. The worship band starts up and you sing lyrics you’ve heard a hundred times before: “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that he should give his only Son, To make a wretch his treasure.” But the words catch in your throat. You don’t feel like a … Continue reading God Loves Me, Right?
What is our goal in loving others? What is it that we are trying to accomplish? The world and the church typically have radically different answers for these questions. Outside the church, you may hear about the goal of love as higher self-esteem, a sense of belonging, or mere happiness. While Christians would agree with … Continue reading How to Love Your Brothers and Sisters: Part 1
Scanning the headlines or watching cable news often brings a gloom over me. Every day we are bombarded with more evidence that we live in a sin-afflicted world. Wars. Natural disasters. Outright hatred within our country and beyond. Pastors who are disqualified from ministry. To be honest, I feel the tinge of anxiety and depression … Continue reading Light in the Darkness