Pastoral thoughts on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
"Faith is a transitive verb. It assumes a direct object. It is shorthand for faith in Jesus instead of faith in ourselves and our idols." - Ed Welch... Keep Reading
Encouragement for encountering life's difficult situations.... Keep Reading
As a pastor, therefore, my real authority -- my true authenticity, whether in the pulpit, or the office, or in the confessional, or at the end of a piano at a cocktail party -- lies in my fidelity to the Gospel, not in my assorted competences (real or imagined) in other fields.... Keep Reading
When obedience is paraded around like the final point of the Bible--and in many churches of diverse persuasions, that is EXACTLY what happens--we've lost our way badly. ... Keep Reading
I had a "first" this week. I've lived thirty years on this earth--"many of which have been spent receiving Bible education from second grade through seminary and beyond--"but I'd never listened to a John Piper sermon! Shocking, I know. But that changed on Wednesday, and I'm glad it did.... Keep Reading
Well... ok, one post on Ecclesiastes. What a marvelous train wreck of a Bible book! I don't mean that in a derogatory way, but in a worshipful one. It is this way because it takes my life, and the things that I naturally and normally value, and it one by one rips them away from my grasping fingers. ... Keep Reading
The heart of the Christian is a new heart, made that way by the Holy Spirit in union with Jesus Christ. Our lives are now about a response to that incredible grace that has spilled over onto our lives. That relationship births joy and freedom.... Keep Reading