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.
< 1 minute Watching him made me ask, “am I watching me?”
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
< 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 …
< 1 minute At one time or another–when the voice of condemnation comes–we need to hear powerful, gospel-saturated truth. We need to talk back like Luther.
JESUS IS JOY
< 1 minute The Gospel of Jesus opens the way to joy. How am I still awakening to this? There are many ways to capture my heart and …
IT’S NOT A SPIDER
3 min to read My six year old asked me for another biscuit at breakfast this morning. Can you imagine what would happen if I met his request with something utterly un-biscuity? Of course you can imagine this.
DO YOU LOVE TO BE ANGRY?
2 min to read You love to be angry, don’t you? Come on – admit it! Even if every once in a while, given particular conditions, you enjoy anger. Strangely, there is something pleasant about it.
10 WAYS TO HEAR GOD MORE CLEARLY
3 min to read In my sermon yesterday, I provided “10 Ways to Hear God More Clearly,” summarized from Thomas Watson’s book Heaven Taken By Storm. And I promised my church that these principles would be posted online, in case they were not able to write them down in the course of my preaching about them.
MORE ON CRITICISM
< 1 minute I recently posted a resource about giving and taking critique. Today, another helpful article caught my attention. The following link at Ligonier contains a letter written by John Newton, to a correspondent who was about to blast a fellow minister in writing. Newton gives clear, concise, and beautiful advice.