What Is Time?
Time, in the beginning, was a blessing.
Like Augustine, we cannot understand time entirely. Nevertheless, we know that we are creatures made to exist in and through time. We can’t even fathom what it would mean to be strictly timeless. Yet there is One who is timeless—God. “From everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Ps. 90:2). “What time is it?”... Continue Reading
The Bitter Fruit of Fearing Man
How to recognize a subtle sin.
Jeremiah does more than describe the symptoms of the fear of man, though. He also helps us understand what it really means to fear man. “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5). The fear of man is not only fearing... Continue Reading
Psalm 10: When the Wicked Boast
This is our confidence: God will deal with sinners. He will not put the righteous to death with the wicked.
How is it possible to renounce God or not believe in His judgment? As believers, we know that God sees, and will work justice. On the one hand we know that Romans chapter one teaches us that fallen men suppress the truth. On the other hand, as those whose eyes have been opened by the... Continue Reading
From the Archives – the Neglected Power of Christian Joy
Christ that contributes to our joy. In my view, the most miserable Christians are those who go halfway with God.
Paul commands us to “rejoice always” (Phil. 4:4, for example). We should understand “always” to mean “frequently,” and learn to find wisps of joy even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Our joy varies in intensity and pitch. This was true even in the life of Jesus. In Luke 10:21 we read, At that time Jesus, full... Continue Reading
The Wisest of Questions
We have the wisdom that’s from above rather than the wisdom that is devilish.
One flaw of human nature is that we think we are right about almost everything. The Bible says, “Every man is right in his own eyes” (Proverbs 21:2). This insistence that we are right is rooted in pride, and it results in friction in marriage, in politics, between friends, family, and in the workplace. It was... Continue Reading
Formed by Lament
Lament expresses a heart in need of the Gospel.
Lament cannot exist with self-sufficiency. The gospel of self-sufficiency says that I am enough, that I have within me what I need to endure and to fight back. It promises victory to whomever has the willpower to push through. Lament says the opposite: it boldly proclaims my weakness, my anguish, my inability to rescue myself.... Continue Reading
2 Implications for Us Because God Has Given Us His Word
As we dig into the written Word of God, we find ourselves coming alongside the Living Word of God. And that’s where true life resides.
We get so fixated on the 10% that we fool ourselves into thinking God hasn’t spoken at all. He has, but we often aren’t putting ourselves in a posture to listen. We listen by doing the same old things we’ve always done – we read, we pray, we meditate, then we act on what we... Continue Reading
Waiting For the Ice to Melt
We keep going in patience and faith, believing that the spring sun will come and melt the ice, sooner or later.
My dad was raised almost completely unchurched and I think he was getting at the dynamics I’m discussing here. He longed for his children to be raised knowing the word of God. True, we do not know when (or ultimately, if) the wind of the Spirit will blow and produce the miracle of the new... Continue Reading
Alone Against the Mob
Crowds, cancel culture, and courage.
Mobs often depend on general slogans, unspecified grievances, vague (if any) purposes for uniting, and little to no solutions for change other than destruction. They think with their rage, and many get caught in the tide. Something important seems to be happening — many seem to know why they gathered, so why not join? It... Continue Reading
Priority #1: Worship and Thanksgiving
The Lord has given us life, so the first priority in our lives on day one of the week is to worship the Lord.
The Lord has given us new life in Christ, raising our dead souls to life eternal so we give thanks to Him, we bless His name as the highest priority in our life. Before hugging her son, the Shunammite gave thanks to the Lord; how much more ought we give thanks to the Lord in... Continue Reading