"I am trying to recover a respect for the life of the Spirit that is revealed in Jesus and the Scriptures in contrast to a life that is defined by consumption and achievement, competition and psychological profiling. I am trying to develop an imagination that is immersed in the operations of the Trinity so that I will not be constantly seduced into thinking that spirituality is a way of managing … [Read more...] about Let It Be So
Lately I've been feeling and seeing the need to reevaluate what merits arguing about. What is worth fighting for? Lately, there have been a couple of extra-heated internet debates which I've tried to stay out of. Some of it is actually encouraging, but some is just unbelievably sad. But it's made me think about both what is worth arguing about and whether or not most of our arguments are very … [Read more...] about Good At Arguing, Bad At Living?
Regarding the quotation below, Zach Nielsen says, "Tozer was great, but don't be like him in this way." I strongly agree. Many Christian men (esp. leaders) are busy with many things and are easily tempted towards a lifestyle of neglecting our families and leaving to our wives great piles of lonely, largely-thankless work. Men, this should not be. This is the first province of our stewardship. We … [Read more...] about I Want To Fail At Almost Everything Else Before I Fail At This
"Brother, if any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be. If he charges you falsely on some point, yet be satisfied, for if he knew you better he might change the accusation, and you would be no gainer by the correction. If you have your moral portrait painted, and it is ugly, be satisfied; for it only needs a few blacker touches, and it would be … [Read more...] about If Someone Thinks Ill Of You, They’re Right
This idea has been circling in on me more and more. The reason good teaching (right doctrine) is important is because it can connect us to the right story. The story of Jesus and his self-sacrificial, substitutional death --which atones for sin-- is the central story of human history. By hearing that good news and then trusting in Jesus' work on our behalf, we are rescued from our real guilt … [Read more...] about The Stories We Believe Make Sense Of Our Lives
Thankful? Or envious and angry (and nostalgic)? Now, I understand that there are more ways to measure the health of a culture than by lifespan and wealth, but still, this is quite telling. It's a wonderful time to be alive in so many, many ways! "Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not quick in your spirit to become … [Read more...] about The Good Old Days Were…ah…Lousy
Advent is upon us once more. For those not familiar with (or frightened by) Advent, it’s not something only Roman Catholics do, but an ancient Christian celebration (begun in 380 AD, I’m told) that is growing in popularity among ordinary evangelicals like me. For some reason, a lot of people ask us (my wife and I) about Advent. It’s probably because it’s kind of strange to our area and the … [Read more...] about Advent: Living On Purpose
Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful opportunity to do what so many of our Puritan fathers and mothers did: give thanks and direct affection to God. (And have a happy time!) If we’re using the holiday to set apart America as sovereign, redeemer, hope of mankind, then we do wrong. I’m very fond of and thankful to live in the United States, but she makes for a very lousy idol. Let’s happily, … [Read more...] about Say No To American Idol On Thanksgiving