Like the apostle Paul, I have a thorn in my flesh. It’s not identical. But it’s similar. In the spring of 2012, I severely strained my right achilles tendon. It’s been over three years and it’s still not healed. After ten steps of walking, I feel the pain. Tolerable, yes. But it still hurts. I’m […]Read more "4 Things Christians Should Do When Suffering"
It is no longer acceptable to be a Christian and likewise completely ignorant of the ramifications behind homosexuality. More specifically, it is not okay to be ignorant of what the Bible says about homosexuality. It has become the issue of our day. Yet, many Christians — including me, before I read this book — don’t […]Read more "Book Review: What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?"
When was the last time you told someone you loved them? Last week I wrote an article citing six Christian cliches that I think, quite frankly, Christians should just stop saying. Growing traction quickly, I was surprised to see the post go viral (well, sorta, not really), and to see so many Christians in agreement […]Read more "6 Things Christians Should Say More Often"
We all have that one friend that consistently says cheesy Christians clichés. I think most of us would agree that this is typically, well, very annoying. This is intensified when the sayings aren’t biblical. The motive behind saying them are usually noble, but they often simply aren’t true or helpful. So, what are some of them? […]Read more "6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying"
What idols are plaguing the western church today? Tim Keller sat down with Jefferson Bethke way back when to discuss the idols that are most prominent in western churches. You can watch the full video here, or you can just read below to gather Tim’s thoughts. In Keller’s eyes, here are the three biggest idols […]Read more "Tim Keller on The 3 Biggest Idols In Western Churches Today"
One of the most misused, misquoted, and misunderstood Scriptures in the Bible comes from Isaiah 64:6, where Isaiah writes, “We all have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” Many in the church have read this over the years and assume that all of our righteous […]Read more "Why Your Deeds Are Not Like Filthy Rags"
John Piper gives ten words of counsel in this fourteen minute video on sexual purity for single Christians. Feel free to watch the video, or you can just read the ten counsels below, to go along with all of the the follow-up points that Piper makes. 1) Do not seek regular sexual gratification through masturbation. […]Read more "Sexual Purity: 10 Words of Counsel For Single Christians"
In God’s providence, I ate dinner with one of John Piper’s Seminary students back in the fall at a Conference. This student knew Piper well. Really well. So when asked to comment on Piper, I’ll never forget what he said. “With Piper, what you see is what you get. He’s a polarizing figure. Some people love him, some people hate him. But […]Read more "What’s John Piper Really Like?"
We can have testimonies that are more or less dramatic, but never one that is boring. When God raises someone from the dead, it is always staggering.Read more "Why No Testimony is Boring"
If you are in the process of choosing a church, or know someone who is, some sort of criteria for the decision-making process can be helpful. But there’s no reason to nit-pick until the cows come home. Every church has its flaws. If you find a church that’s perfect and then become a member it […]Read more "4 Questions to Consider When Choosing A Church"