Going to the gym can become an idol. But so can not going to the gym. Watching football can become an idol. But so can not watching football. If we receive all things as a gift from God, and give them back to Him in worship, they are good things. But as soon as we … Continue reading Worship At the Gym
13 years ago today, I started my day by stopping at QuikTrip on 39th & Bolger in Independence, MO and bought a blueberry muffin and a chocolate milk. When I approached the register, I heard the employees discussing for the first time ever the horrible events taking place that morning in NYC. I have thought … Continue reading Suffering & The Sovereignty of God—9/11 Thirteen Years Later
It is widely attributed to Charles Spurgeon as saying, "A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats." Walk into many mega-churches (and would-be mega-churches) on any given Sunday and you'll likely find just that: entertainment rather than the faithful preaching of God's Word; elaborate … Continue reading Disavowing the Notion of Audience
"We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word … Continue reading No Fruit? No Root.
Psalm 78 is a rather striking retelling of Israel's turbulent and sinful history with The Lord. It is written in several sections: 1) 78:1-4 — A mandate to listen to Asaph's parable, his "dark sayings from of old" which have been passed down from generation to generation, and to continue to tell the coming generation 2) 78:5-8 … Continue reading Rebellion, Remembrance, Redemption — Psalm 78
"Every healthy tree bears good fruit" (Matt. 7:17, ESV) "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35, ESV) "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us … Continue reading The Mark of a True Disciple