Summer is traditionally vacation time, and if you haven’t already been there and back (as we have), you probably have your plans made. Tickets bought, itineraries confirmed, reservations made, packing lists checked. Vacations are wonderful times, or at least they can be, and needed breaks from the relentless pace...
What does Jesus’s love for harlots, tax-collectors, and other outcasts tell us about how He would approach the issue of same-sex love today? Put differently: Since Jesus loved sinners unconditionally, does this mean that Jesus would be (or is) frustrated at Churches today who oppose same-sex relations? The reverend John Spong...
My wife laughs at me when I finish a book and say, “This was one of the best books I have ever read.” Apparently I say it often. But this time I mean it. I just finished reading Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N. D. Wilson. And it was...
Yesterday I argued that God’s kind of love begins in the affections and shows itself outwardly in action. But that kind of love is difficult, so we come up with poor alternatives. In this post, I’m going to explore some of those alternatives. One such alternative that I hear people...
We talk about wanting the Gospel to transform every aspect of our lives. However, as I consider my own life and observe the lives of others, I am forced to conclude that we have many spheres left untouched by the transforming work of the Gospel. For example: How many of us have...
So I'm sitting outside of a Coffee Bean in Downtown Palm Springs today reading and praying through Matthew chapter 6. Just before Jesus gives his followers a framework in how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13) he warns them to not practice their righteous acts before men, but before God who sees...
No, this isn’t a guest post by John Piper. But I will admit that I’ve been hugely influenced by Piper over the years. When I first became a Christian, I starting reading and listening to everything that Piper put out, and I was quickly convinced of his God-centered vision...
Church discipline is a big deal. If you’ve never been in a church that has practiced church discipline, it basically means that a person is caught in some type of sin, refuses to repent, and therefore is put outside of the church body until they do repent. Church discipline doesn’t...
In my last post, I argued that repetition isn't as bad as we make it out to be. In fact, repetition is important. We are shaped by repetition—and that's true whether we are aware of the formative power of repetition or not. James K. A. Smith argues that we...
In two previous posts (click here or here), I’ve discussed several issues related to Christians and alcohol. If you’re joining us late, it may be better to read those two posts, since they cover some of the more basic issues.Today, I want to look at one particular assumption that...
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