It’s tempting to become a Monday morning quarterback when reading about the Apostle Peter. He gets a bad rap in sermons and Bible studies—the motor-mouth, the braggart, the guy everyone dismisses with a condescending pat on the back because he’s self-sabotaged once again. There’s no doubt Peter’s tragedies convolute his triumphs, but before we shake … More God Needs Survivors, Not Superstars
Stephen is a beloved character to me, not solely because he testified to the Gospel without self-censorship before the Sanhedrin and forgive his killers as they stoned him—but that his steadfastness manifested from the beginning of his story. When rehashing Stephen’s life, it’s only natural to focus on his testimony before the Sanhedrin and martyrdom, … More What We Forget about Stephen’s Martyrdom
The Sunday morning sermon has filled my ears since I was only a few weeks old. I’ve been around for a decent amount of them, whether it was my home church’s pastor, a guest speaker, or a visiting missionary. And I’ve never heard a bad sermon. Sure, some messages have imprinted themselves in my memory … More I’ve Wasted a Lot of Good Sermons
We try to trivialize our pain around other Christians, hedging it off in Christianese language, telling our friends and family that we’re “going through a wilderness season.” There’s plenty of other metaphors I could use, such as “walking through the storm,” but I’ll spare the rest. I think we downgrade our admissions of torment, because … More Battered, Not Broken
Spend any amount of time in church, and you will most likely be told that God has ordained a specific mission for your life so that you might bring praise to His kingdom. In addition, your pastor might touch on God’s decision to equip us with spiritual gifts, which are God’s supernatural equipment for us … More The Confusion about Unlocking Your Christian Destiny
President-elect Trump’s late-campaign slogan became, “drain the swamp,” which referenced his desire to rid Washington of the perennial in-house corruption that has become a D.C. tradition. Having also promised Americans peace and prosperity, the President Elect is pitching us a vision of power and riches for the people once again. If America is to be … More The Real Swamp that Needs Draining: A Nation’s Heart
After a biting winter where disease and starvation stacked up body after body, the pilgrim separatists must have wondered as King David did in Psalm 43:5, “Why are you downcast, O my Soul? Why are you disturbed within me?” It wasn’t an absurd question. For those who remained, their spirits must have been in agony, asking … More Finding Your Way Home this Thanksgiving
He certainly wasn’t my first choice, but in the end, long before I darkened the circles in my absentee ballot, I knew he was my only choice in terms of preserving national security, religious liberty, and the supreme court. And now, one Donald J. Trump stands before the American people as the next President of … More Post-Election Pondering
Our culture can’t resist a tragic ending. It feasts on what could have been, those moments in which life stories could have been altered through an impossible amount of micro-managing. The what if? question tears open the stitches of time and has us poke the wounds of the past, torturing ourselves with the cheap hope that lingering in … More For Those Who Suffer, a Promise in Christ.
A divisive spirit has wrenched the body of Christ in an armbar since presidential campaign coverage has begun months ago—and Satan must be delighted. The church has managed to savage itself in one election cycle, all because of the effect of what I call the “Gospel of Attachment to Trump.” It seems that a concerning number of … More If Character Matters this Election Season, then Demonstrate Some to Your Fellow Brethren.