A BETTER WAY

A BETTER WAY

< 1 minute There’s a better way. I’m concerned a lazy form of Christian activism is surging among some circles of Christ’s Church. A desire for the ease of throwing stones, cancelling dissenting voices, falsely crying wolf, and pugnacious debate sometimes rises higher than a desire to do the good, hard work of engaging real issues and ministering to real people. Now that’s …

HOW WILL YOU DIE ON THAT HILL?

HOW WILL YOU DIE ON THAT HILL?

5 min to read What you do on a hill says a lot about how you view Jesus, yourself, and the world. We use this cliché all the time to explain ourselves. This is a hill to die on. That’s not a hill to die on. And so forth. The cliché assumes a hill has only one purpose: death. But there’s a deeper issue to consider. How will you die on that hill?

#humility #suffering #love #worship

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GRACE-FILLED CHURCH MEMBERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

2 min to read Tomorrow we begin our slow return to regular corporate worship at Paramount Church! I’m thankful for church members who have expressed in text, and email, and in person their support, understanding, love, and joyful cooperation during a challenging time for the church. They have honored, supported, encouraged, advised, spoken well of, defended, and spoken well of their leaders. Pastors experience …

I’M SO VAIN

I’M SO VAIN

3 min to read Reading a Puritan Paperback called The Way to True Peace and Rest has provoked me to think about some of the big obstacles to peace and rest. Early in my Christian life, the first definition I received of pride proved most helpful. To this day, I think about it regularly. It went like this:

HOW IS YOUR PANDEMIC PROGRESS?

HOW IS YOUR PANDEMIC PROGRESS?

3 min to read The COVID-19 pandemic brings a global occasion to move from thorn-tree living to fruit-tree living (Jeremiah 17:5-9). Because God ordains all things to magnify His glory and our joy in Him, God infuses even the dreaded Corona Virus with these purposes. As in every trial and trouble–whether a general life hardship, the sins of others against us, false teaching that …

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

3 min to read There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion.

PULSE

PULSE

< 1 minute Watching him made me ask, “am I watching me?”

STRUGGLING WITH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

STRUGGLING WITH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

6 min to read I imagine most church members would find it hard to believe their pastors struggle with practicing spiritual disciplines. If any group of people should excel at personal Bible reading and memorization, prayer, worship, evangelism, fasting, and a number of other important Christian exercises, it should be the shepherds. And yet, surprisingly, many pastors do in fact struggle to consistently practice them. In certain seasons of ministry, good and important ministry needs tend to crowd out the everyday disciplines of Bible study and prayer. The struggle is real.

HE IS WORKING ON YOUR IMAGE

HE IS WORKING ON YOUR IMAGE

< 1 minute Though we Christians might struggle to see and appreciate it, God is at work in us today–by every trial and every blessing–to transform us into a glorious image of Himself. Take heart in your trouble. When we don’t see it, He is still working for our good. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory …