Pride

Pride is the root of all sin, and yet American Christianity (of the suburban type) has transformed it into a socially acceptable sin. This transformation is the epitome of our creative ability to make sin look less intense and more palatable. Think about it. If you ask someone what...
The mission of the church was given by Jesus in Matthew 28: go and make disciples of all nations. So it is always refreshing to be in a church where there is clear evidence that disciples are being made and that people are being brought to faith in Jesus....
I have been trying to learn how to "be"—as in "Be still and know…" It is so hard to downshift, to stop my mind from doing NASCAR laps, to stop "doing" and truly disengage. So hard. Our 21st century American culture is not friendly toward such an attitude. But here...
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...
Why are we drawn to beautiful things? Why do 3.5 million people visit Yosemite National Park every year? Why do we plant flowers, paint our house, choose just the right car, have a closet full of clothes, go to art museums? We are drawn to beauty and to beautiful...
Shortly after Christ transformed my life at age 19 (I’m 35 now), I gained a growing desire to pursue ministry. I didn’t even know what that meant, but I loved to study the Bible and think through theological issues. So hey, if I can get paid for it, that’d...
I have recently been struck by a very simple verse in the first chapter of Romans: “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (vv....
What could be more basic than the gospel? It’s the entry point to the Christian life. The gospel itself is basic, foundational, and logically simple. Yet you’ll never outgrow it. You’ll never move on from it. You’ll never be done with it. If you ever decide that you are ready to...
After a long hiatus, I’d like to revisit the idea of Christianity and the poor—something that’s much discussed today, though many stones remained to be unturned. Previously, I pointed out my own journey in this subject, which began in Ezek 16:49 (part 1). I then pointed out some things...
Change and transitions are always hard. But of course the old cliché is true: if there is one thing that never changes, it is that things are always changing. The school year ends; friends move away; marriage is forever changed with the addition of kids; the kids start going...
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