Sometimes there are no steps. We are too desperate. We’re hurting, anxious, and worried. Fearful, even. So we don’t think of steps. We just run to God as our Abba Father and cry, “Help!” And that is completely fine. But for those times where there is time for extended prayer, a pattern is helpful. Last […]Read more "Tim Keller’s 5 Steps For Effective Prayer"
In his book, The Works of Jonathan Edwards: Letters and Personal Writings, George S. Claghorn gives us a glimpse of a taste Jonathan Edward’s once had in prayer: Once . . . in divine contemplation and prayer, I had a view that for me was extraordinary, of the glory of the Son of God, as […]Read more "Jonathan Edwards, Prayer, and A Heavenly Experience"
These are the top books I read in 2014, though they may not have been published in 2014. 10. The Bookends of the Christian Life, by Jerry Bridges. This book is vintage Bridges — ruthlessly gospel-centered. It was a book that did more reminding than instructing, but the remembrance brought great joy. 9. It Happens After Prayer, by […]Read more "My Top 10 Books of 2014"
To varying degrees, we all struggle with pride. We may not always thirst for it, but a drink from the fountain of humility is one we all could use. Humility is not something we’re born with; it is something we must pursue. Though a virtue, the Bible never mentions humility as a spiritual gift. Even […]Read more "7 Ways To Pursue Humility"
Dear Pastor Mark, I remember the first time I heard you preach. Honestly, I didn’t like it. I was a young Christian in college and my roommate kept raving about this preacher from Seattle with a fast-growing Church. He suggested that I listen to you, and he finally convinced me to give it a shot. I […]Read more "An Open Letter To Mark Driscoll"
When God makes you wait for something, it’s not his way of depriving you, but rather his means of changing you. Because God is sovereign over all, this is applicable to all of life. The big things like a spouse, children, a new job. Or the little things like waiting for a text message response, or waiting […]Read more "4 Reasons Why God Makes You Wait"
Chapter two of the book of Mark reveals what Jesus wants to give us. And it is something greater than being healed from a crippling injury. Most of us are familiar with the story. Jesus is in a home preaching the Word to anyone and everyone who would listen. Many people arrive to hear him. […]Read more "What Jesus Really Wants To Give You"
As you’ve probably heard by now, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old male from St. Louis, was allegedly killed by a Ferguson County Police Officer shortly after noon this past Saturday. I grew up in North County, about 15 minutes away from where the shooting took place, and know all about the dangers of living in that […]Read more "5 Ways To Positively Respond to The Michael Brown Shooting"
Contentment is beautiful because contentment brings joy. It’s not something that comes naturally, but something that we have to learn (Philippians 4:11). The world doesn’t help, as it seems to be set up to only deepen our discontentment. But, paradoxically, the pathway to joy comes through the avenue of contentment. […]Read more "How Celebrating Your Accomplishments Brings Contentment"
I recently asked a friend if he spends a lot of time on Facebook or not. “I could probably spend less time on there,” was his response. And I think that’s probably a good answer for most of us. Especially for me. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. The lists goes on and on. And it seems […]Read more "7 Signs You’re Addicted to Social Media"