Your True Retirement Plan

Remember that you have an inheritance that is coming.

While it has been given to you by grace alone in Christ alone, remember that God is working in you both to will and to do those things that are in a response to His grace. You have a path to walk in this life, it is a path of trust and obedience. Your rest... Continue Reading

Tried with Fire: When Pain is Personal

Peter clearly states that Christians are called to suffer (1 Pet 2:20-21).

I am not much interested in responding to theoretical questions posed by philosophers and theologians (though I am one of them). My concern is with Christ’s lambs who find themselves staggering under the weight of affliction. If God has any purpose in allowing His people to suffer, then I want to find it. If Scripture... Continue Reading

The Mod: Don’t Be Deceived By Experiences

By the Holy Spirit opening our eyes in faith we can see past the temporal and into the spiritual.

Jesus is telling us that the only way to build our life in a way that the storms we experience around us won’t bring the house down is to build the house on the rock of ages himself. Jesus Christ is the truth (Jn. 14:6), and our lives need to be built within sanctifying design... Continue Reading

Money Matters

On judgment day, it won’t matter how much you possessed on earth but Whom you possessed.

Jesus didn’t mince words when He asked, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25). You can have all this world but still not have the One who holds the world. Building bigger barns and fattening your soul with the comforts of this fleeting... Continue Reading

Three Biblical Signs of Spiritual Immaturity

Like any kind of growth, Christian maturity happens slowly over time.

As we mature in faith, certain perspectives we had about God often do develop, but the spiritually immature are marked by instability. With each new book or blog post they read, they change their views whichever way the wind is blowing. As we grow up in that gospel, the waves and winds of weird doctrines... Continue Reading

The God Who Disturbs Our Consciences

He brings uncomfortable truths back into the light—so that we can find cleansing and redemption.

I was preaching from the story of Joseph in Genesis 42. It might be ancient history, but we were drawing lessons for today—for God still works in similar ways. He often pokes at our consciences, or uses circumstances and trials to bring our guilt before our own eyes. Or sometimes He even uses the unsuspecting... Continue Reading

Cultural and Theological Stockholm Syndrome

With each small compromise we drift further from biblical reasoning.

Cultural and theological Stockholm syndrome is, in biblical terms, “friendship with the world” (Js. 4:4). We must remain vigilant to remain faithful to our redeeming, ransoming, and returning king. Like King David, we must express our love and loyalty for God in the celebration, joy, and privilege of receiving and obeying his word (see Psalm... Continue Reading

Five Reasons Pastors Should Not Allow the Psalms to Be Sung in Church

If you opt for the novelty of singing the Psalms, you are abandoning the proven track-record of modern worship music.

You have worked hard at truncating Christianity into an individual, pietistic, “feel-good” religion. If you allow the Psalms to be sung, you are going to have to recalibrate your theology.   Navigating pastoral ministry is tricky business. One of the most challenging aspects may be deciding on the songs to sing every Sunday morning. A... Continue Reading

Is Hope a Blessing or a Curse?

It was believed by the Greeks that hope was the most pernicious of all evils because it prevented people from accepting their fate.

Hope isn’t an evil to be caged; it is a boon and blessing for citizens of heaven. Hope is the home language of the Christian, and we need to stay fluent if we want to be useful to the Lord in this life.   According to Greek mythology, all evil is the fault of one... Continue Reading

Seven Letters Seven Dangers: Pride

Sinful pride shows itself in many ways.

Do you see, Theophilus, how pride can find its way into all manner of churches? And to what does this pride lead but divisions between those who ought to be united and to an ugliness that cannot attract unbelievers to Christ.   Dear Theophilus, Greetings in Jesus’ name!  May his grace abound to you through... Continue Reading