Putting Yourself in Danger
Thoughts on taking risks, and being reckless.
We also must not be reckless or foolish in putting ourselves in danger. As is so often the case, it is a matter of seeking what it is that God wants us to do, and then doing it. But it must be done in God’s way. When Moses killed the Egyptian who was beating a... Continue Reading
The Illusion of Normal Days
The world-ending return of Jesus will be as the world-ending days of Noah.
To prepare is not to build a boat in the backyard, but to eat and drink, speak and marry all while looking and waiting for Christ’s promised coming. We live mindful of eternal souls. We live expecting rain. We live in reverent fear of God. What does the world see you building? Is there anything... Continue Reading
The Song I Sing in the Darkness
This psalm dries more crying eyes, raises more drooping hands, and strengthens more weakened knees than any man or angel.
David’s great psalm employs the simplest of images—that of a shepherd and his sheep—and assures of the greatest of truths—that God is forever present with his people. “The LORD is my shepherd” he says so simply, “I shall not want.” No work of art is more beautiful, more valuable, more irreplaceable, than the twenty-third... Continue Reading
Shepherds after God’s Heart
What does Jesus expect from those who enjoy the privilege of shepherding any part of God’s flock?
If you have the privilege of being a shepherd in one of Jesus’ churches, take these words to heart. Feed your sheep with the Word of Truth. Tend to and defend your sheep with the Word of Christ. Shield the flock from the fear of death with God’s promises of life. Travel back in... Continue Reading
You Can’t Fake What You Love
How a Sentence Exposed and Delighted Me
If God has to expose our poverty to pursue our eternal joy, he will. But what he really wants for us is to experience “fullness of joy” in his presence and “pleasures forevermore” at his right hand (Psalm 16:11). And so it is a great mercy, even if at times devastating, that our pleasures never... Continue Reading
God Cares for Every Christian More Than You Know
There should be no ranking of importance or feelings of superiority in the church.
In a world that excludes people because they are not fashionable, or because they are difficult, or because they struggle with mental health or messy relationships, Matthew 18 is refreshing. Jesus cares deeply for his people, whoever they might be. Matthew 18 is a chapter with a theme: Jesus is speaking about what the... Continue Reading
My Body, My Choice
Follow the science...or not.
The First and Second Commandments to love God and love our neighbors serve as our life ethic. Regardless of whether we talk about abortion or pandemics, we seek to love God most and lovingly serve others well. Why? Because we respect God and respect the image of God. You’ve heard it. “My Body, My... Continue Reading
The Order of Salvation—The Application of Redemption (Part 5)
Justification does not give us a new nature. Justification gives us a new legal record.
Justification is not progressive, it is instantaneous. It doesn’t change our nature or our condition. It changes our status or our legal record. It is not something that we produce. It is something outside of us. It is not our own righteousness. It is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. As we’ve been surveying the... Continue Reading
Lockdowns & Online Church: Time to Evaluate?
Taking stock of both the costs and the benefits.
Are we really settled with the idea that the authorities can mandate what we do as a church, who we meet with, what we wear, etc.? Is the plan to do what is commanded, or what is culturally popular, whatever the reason? Or are we making different plans to handle what may still lie ahead... Continue Reading
Ten Words That Changed Everything About My Suffering
God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.
God permits awful things, but (to paraphrase Dorothy Sayers) something so grand and glorious is going to happen in the world’s finale that it will more than suffice for every pain we experienced on this planet. God will exponentially make up for every tear (Psalm 56:8), and will abundantly reward us for every hurt (Romans... Continue Reading