The Awkwardness of Praise and the Cancer it Feeds

“Whenever a man is praised it is meet for him to think about his sins and then consider, he should say ‘I am unworthy of the things that are said about me.” —Anonymous One of my professor colleagues at the seminary I taught at in California had a raw bluntness that cut through false modesty … More The Awkwardness of Praise and the Cancer it Feeds

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Insulating Ourselves from Jesus and His Teaching

Insulation in your house is a good thing. Insulation on your heart is not. But most of us create multiple layers of insulation in our lives that keep us from fully knowing and experiencing the love of Christ to the fullest extent. The Gospel is free but the Christian life is not easy. Teachers, pastors, … More Insulating Ourselves from Jesus and His Teaching

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The Beatles “Lonely People”–a Lament for All of Us

“We are, all of us, haunted by loneliness.” mps, Jr We were driving back from a visit to Pennsylvania. I saw the cars. I saw the people in the cars and the classic tune sprang to memory. In my head, I began to sing the lyrics. So memory became thoughts, became this post about a … More The Beatles “Lonely People”–a Lament for All of Us

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Alister Begg on the Perfect Sufficiency of Christ

Alistair Begg, the senior pastor of Cleveland’s Parkside Church, was recently speaking on the sufficiency of Christ and Christ alone, to save us. It is not us, in any way, it is Christ alone who saves. Our only contribution is our sin, our unrighteousness. It is Christ and His righteousness alone that saves us. If we … More Alister Begg on the Perfect Sufficiency of Christ

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The Talk

This is not what you think. For many years I have had what I call “THE TALK” with all new pastoral staff hires. I have started to have a variation of “the talk” with couples in marriage counseling. “The Talk” has four major components, now. It once had only three. That was a mistake.  Here’s … More The Talk

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