Fill in the blank: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with _____ and not with _____, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Before you look it up, how … Continue reading The Necessity of Pastoral Joy
Tim Keller writes, “I can think of nothing great that is also easy. Prayer must be, then, one of the hardest things in the world.”1 Prayer is great. But prayer is hard. Prayer is a challenge for many reasons. Sometimes we find it hard to make time to pray. Sometimes we struggle with the motivation … Continue reading Prayer That Pleases God
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the 100 Best Jobs of 2019. Scan the list and you’ll find jobs in fields like tech, finance, public service, and medicine. According to the report, these jobs made the cut because, “They pay well, challenge us year after year, match our talents and skills, aren't too stressful, … Continue reading Moms, You’ve Got One of the Best Jobs
You know the story. In 2 Samuel 11, King David is at home in Jerusalem while his army is off to war. It was custom for the king to be out with his army, but for some reason he chooses to stay behind. With all of his responsibilities delegated and most of his friends away, he’s … Continue reading Putting Away Sin
We live in a world of comparison. Our ultra-connected social media atmosphere allows us more windows into more people’s lives than previous generations could have ever imagined. There are benefits to this reality. Scrolling through slices of life shared by our friends, our family, our heroes, and our news sources can give us welcomed information … Continue reading Resisting the Danger of Comparison
Have you ever noticed that in the entire account of the crucifixion in Mark’s Gospel Jesus only speaks once? He cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This is the translation of the Aramaic words he spoke, which are also recorded for us, “Eloi, Eloi, leme sebachthani.” Consider those words. 1. … Continue reading Look At The Cross
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to … Continue reading Where is Baptism in the Order of a Christian Life?
I came back from TGC19 on Wednesday with a journal full of notes and a bag full of books. I’m always thankful for the rich reminders and new insights gained at conferences like this. I’m also thankful for the fresh pile of reading for the weeks and months ahead. Here are the 5 books I … Continue reading 5 Books I’m Excited To Read
For a long time it seemed like the big question many people wanted to answer was “is Christianity really true?” So, we worked out important arguments about the reliability of the Bible and the historical nature of the resurrection. Yet, it seems that the question has shifted. Some people might actually agree that the Bible … Continue reading Is Christianity Actually Good News?
The two commercial plane crashes in the last five months have sparked fear among the public, frustration among pilots, and a frantic effort at Boeing to fix whatever led to these tragedies. Everyone wants to know what went wrong. In the reporting that's come out so far it seems there were two primary problems: a … Continue reading Pastors, Keep Training