The initial post in this series discussed the goal of our love for one another: holiness. It is one thing to say that our love should be directed toward another person’s Christlikeness, and it’s quite another to know exactly how we can love in that manner. Rather than dreaming up some complicated program to love … More The Path of Christian Love: Part 2
While the internet and our age of connectivity have produced plenty of problems for our culture, there are also a number of positive outcomes. One such bright spot is the wealth of information that we can gain about Christ’s global church. I can easily go onto any number of websites to find the latest update … More Praying for the Persecuted Church
This post was originally published at Gospel-Centered Discipleship. I highly recommend you check them out if you’re looking for other content that is rich in gospel truths. The worship band starts up and you sing lyrics you’ve heard a hundred times before: “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that he should give his only Son, To make a wretch his treasure.” But the words catch in your throat. You don’t feel like a … More God Loves Me, Right?
What is our goal in loving others? What is it that we are trying to accomplish? The world and the church typically have radically different answers for these questions. Outside the church, you may hear about the goal of love as higher self-esteem, a sense of belonging, or mere happiness. While Christians would agree with … More How to Love Your Brothers and Sisters: Part 1
I recently finished Arnold Dallimore’s biography of Charles Spurgeon, the Baptist preacher known as the “Prince of Preachers.” If you’re familiar at all with Spurgeon, you’ve likely heard about how gifted of an orator he was or how effective he was as an evangelist. While those traits certainly did characterize his life and ministry, there … More Spurgeon’s Humility
Scanning the headlines or watching cable news often brings a gloom over me. Every day we are bombarded with more evidence that we live in a sin-afflicted world. Wars. Natural disasters. Outright hatred within our country and beyond. Pastors who are disqualified from ministry. To be honest, I feel the tinge of anxiety and depression … More Light in the Darkness
Lord, use us to take the gospel to the nations or use us to send many in our place. This is the prayer that Margaret and I started praying before we were married. We have both been scarred by the realization that there are billions in the world who have never even heard of Jesus. Those … More A New Opportunity