Have you ever been camping? Living outdoors and trudging in the woods for days. You arrive home exhilarated but exhausted. What’s one of the first things you want to do? Shower. A nice, long, hot shower. You can feel the sweat and grime running down your body and into the drain. It makes you feel […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Forgiveness’s Dirty Little Secret
Mourning has broken. Hearts are heavy with the news that the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church has broken covenant with the wife of his youth. Assuredly, there are those from the spectator seats of the world cheering and jeering. But I suspect there are also those within the larger church who are […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Coming Out
The indicative of our sanctification is established through union with Christ. The imperative of our sanctification is enabled through union with Christ, and is exercised through abiding. If that statement is true, and I believe that it is, then it is essential that leaders of Christ’s church teach those entrusted to their care about […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Sanctification and Union with Christ
There’s a lot of talk about toxicity nowadays. Toxic people. Toxic relationships. Even toxic churches. When people speak of toxicity they have in mind something poisonous that creates an atmosphere unconducive to sustaining life. Toxic people can infect others with their critical spirit and negative outlook. Their negativity sucks the life out of others […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Treating Toxicity
It was at a CCEF conference on “Sex Matters” that I heard a speaker give one of the most perceptive approaches to celibacy in singleness that I had heard to date. She said two things that struck me. One, she said we often look at singleness as a problem to be solved rather than […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on In the Name of Grace
“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:12–13) […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Sign of the Rainbow
Among the articles on my USA Today iPad app, one took me aback. It posed the question, “Can a Christian watch ‘Game of Thrones’?” Not having read the books or seen the show, I’m not in a position to answer the question one way or the other. But what struck me was that the […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Question of Holiness
A pastor I knew insisted he had found the only error in the Bible. Of course, my antennae went up because I believe the Bible to be without error. It is the Word of God. What was the mistake he had discovered? He found it buried in Paul’s first letter to Timothy. “Here is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A sign in a chiropractor’s office might read: “Glad to see your back.” Spinal adjustment is the chiropractor’s bread and butter. God speaks to us about the back. He wants us properly aligned in two ways, orthodoxy and orthopraxis. Orthodoxy is right doctrine; orthopraxis right practice. Orthopraxis speaks to our lives under the lordship […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.