A Christian is a person who has been set free. “For freedom Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1). Whereas we were enslaved to sin—its pull, its deteriorating influence, its consequences—we have been liberated. Romans 6 powerfully proclaims that through sharing in the death of Christ, we have died...
God wants us to be holy (1 Thess. 4:3). That’s a truth that is pretty well known in Christian circles. But how exactly do we grow in holiness? In theory, we’re probably pretty united on this point: we become more holy as God’s grace works in our hearts and transforms...
The gospel should affect everything we do, and we will never move beyond its direction and power. Yesterday I asked a simple question: Do you really think there is some strategy, medication, or counselor that could be more effective in dealing with your sin than the grace of God...
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...
Of all the myths about dating we have explored this week, perhaps this one is the most difficult to shake: “Successful dating results in marriage.” Says who? Let’s start by asking an important question: What is the goal of dating? Dating is all about getting to know a member of...
Life can be hard for single Christians. Christian culture puts a lot of pressure on singles to get married. As I have said, marriage is a great thing, but it’s not the only thing. If you’re a single Christian of marriageable age, however, chances are you often find yourself...
Today we come to one of most potentially destructive Christian myths about dating: “Dating is a test drive for marriage.” Maybe you would never say it like that, but I think that this is where a huge chunk of Christian dating relationships live. If you’re dating, you’re most likely looking...
We have all seen it happen. We watch with excitement as an awesome Christian boy and an awesome Christian girl begin hanging out more and more. They gradually show signs of being interested in each other, and before you know it, you have a new couple on your hands....
Happy Valentines Day! When it comes to dating, Christians are often awkward. Sometimes as awkward as their non-Christian neighbors, sometimes more awkward. One reason that dating can be especially awkward in Christian circles is that we can’t seem to agree on what to call it. Some Christians have mild preferences...
I doubt I’ll surprise anyone by saying that Christians are bad at dating. We all feel it in our bones and see it at every church function. Christians tend to be awkward when interacting with members of the opposite sex. Much of this is simply a human problem and...
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