I think it great sin to fire public shots at members of Christ’s family and pray for increased faithfulness among us to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again” (1 Peter 1:22b-23a).
With that said, I want to ‘think out loud’ about the situation with Kim Davis. Read More
August 12, 2015
Take a few minutes and work through this post. I am praying it will stir fresh affection for Jesus and for serving Him with your whole heart.
“Do not withhold good, from whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Proverbs 3:27
Failing to honor those who serve well among us is a great failure indeed. It fails to show gratitude, fails to highlight the value of faithfulness, and fails to inspire others to serve with the same dedication. I’m gonna try to avoid that error right now . . .
I was an exhausted 37-year-old servant of Jesus on a sabbatical with my family in England, in the summer of 1998. Ten years of church planting had left me uncertain if we would have the strength to return. I had been reading The Saving Life of Christ, by Major Ian Thomas, and because we were in the UK, we made our way to the original home of his ministry at Capernwray Castle, a Bible college and ministry training center in England.
I sat in the back of the small Sunday worship service with Kathy—and Luke, Landon, and Abby, none of whom had any idea how much I needed the Lord to visit and renew me. A simple devotion was given from the Scriptures, and as the elements of the Lord’s table were passed, the people began to sing, “Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice. You became nothing, poured out to death. Many times, I’ve wondered at your gift of life. I’m in that place once again. And once again I look upon the cross where You died. I’m humbled by Your mercy and I’m broken inside . . .” I felt so self-conscious sitting with my kids as the tears streamed down my cheeks, so I leaned forward on my elbows making a pool between my feet on the floor. Yes simple, but so profound—and Jesus Christ touched my life, stirring fresh affection for Himself. The song’s author was Matt Redman. I had never heard of him, but it was not the last time the Lord would meet with me through one of Matt’s songs. Read More
July 24, 2015
Hebrews 6:10: For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
It’s summer, and vacation that is much needed and well deserved is happening for many people in ministry. This is a good time of year to pay attention to your own soul and look to the treasured Scriptures and disciplines that have sustained you thus far in your service to Christ and His church. I am writing to encourage you today. Read More
July 09, 2015
With the recent Supreme Court decision regarding marriage, various people have been asking where we stand in response. Our position is expressed in the following statement from Dr. Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, which I was honored to be asked to sign. Read More
June 22, 2015
Love, love, love the stories of how God continues to be glorified through people who build on the foundation of unconditional forgiveness in Christ and let the Lord truly transform them…
If you need a lift, watch this. Read More
June 04, 2015
“With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:4-5
Near the Muskoka cottage where we spent our childhood summers, there was a spot along the river known simply as “the rapids.” Wide eyed and terrified, we were seldom allowed even a dip of our toes into the raging current. Stories of young adults swept into the whirlpools and never seen again were more than adequate to keep our little feet high on the rocks and out of the whitewater. If you got too close, if you somehow slipped, you could easily be washed away, never to be seen again.
This is not a post to reprove the reprobate masses, which at this point would clearly be “pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). My goal here is a breath of biblical oxygen for people still fighting the deluge of dissipation and debauchery trending constantly in our culture. Let me prayerfully attempt 5 Bruce Jenner Facts—for pastors preparing to preach and ministry leaders forced to converse on what the media pressures us all to think about.
1) Bruce Jenner is a man.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
A man has physical characteristics. Back in 1976 many of us saw him run, jump, and throw at a world-class level, winning Olympic gold in the decathlon. He may be a hurting, frustrated, confused man, but he is still a man. He can amputate his genitals and amplify his estrogen, put on a dress, paint his face, and wear hair extensions. But just as kids going door to door on halloween are not actually witches and warlocks, Bruce Jenner is not a woman simply because he has worked hard to look like one. If I had a surgeon attach a long gray hose to the center of my face and hang wide gray, leafy lobes from the sides of my head, I would not be an elephant. Ask a healthy heterosexual man if he could ever be sexually intimate with Bruce Jenner—not one will say yes, not one. He is a man, not a woman. Read More