To Christians On Primary Identity

How I define myself is a good indicator of what I'm worshiping. How do I define myself in those first few moments of the morning, right after the alarm and before the coffee? How do I think of myself during the day? How do I classify myself in opposition to the people I quarrel with... Continue Reading →

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60 Seconds of Gospel

The question before every human being isn't, "Am I good?" It's "What do I do with the evil and ugliness in my heart?" You have great evil, monstrous and awful thoughts and deeds, burrowing in your mind and in your behaviors. I do, too. Something must be done with them. Sin brings death, and I... Continue Reading →

Bound By Love

The closest thing in the world to free will is a man loving what he loves. Generally when people talk or write or think about free will, I think the implication is that there is an action with no cause except the will itself. I didn't stand up because someone pulled a string in my... Continue Reading →

Preparing for Pain

No one in this life is beyond the the possibility of deep sin or crisis or crippling despair. No one is beyond the reach of life simply falling apart. Which is another way of saying that no one is beyond needing Jesus. I read a 1994 Washington Post story about a normal family man who... Continue Reading →

Gods and Gifts

In order to love what God has made well, one must love God. Without acknowledging the Creator, love of created things will veer off in a bad direction. It may move towards pure idolatry, where one worships and seeks ultimate meaning and joy from created things (food, family, human affection, human respect, etc.). You might... Continue Reading →

The Rev. E. R. Conder On Doubt

I came across this from Reverend E.R. Conder, in the 19th century Pulpit Commentary, on Psalm 86. It's wonderful and true: A strong trust can slay the darkest fears. Doubt distracts, agitates, unsettles, weakens (Jas. 1:8). A doubting temper, fond of dwelling on difficulties and objections, is fatal to unity of mind, heart, and will.... Continue Reading →

60 Seconds On Joy

One of the fundamental features of the Christian faith is joy. Being deeply glad and hopeful because of what Jesus has done for me, and what He promises to finish in me, is supposed to be the posture of my heart. Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.  To write the same things again is... Continue Reading →

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