I love to hear the voices of children at play. I don’t know if it because I am from a BIG family or what, but a child’s voice gleefully playing together with other children always brings a smile to my face. Maybe it is part of being the oldest of 7 children. With 26 grandchildren, … More Children at Play?
I heard a horror story yesterday. A large mega-church “hired” ten interns. One day before they were to finish their internships, they were all fired and none were given good recommendations. None. I said, “hired” in quotes because they were paid “slave wages” and worked long hours. At another church, apparently a mega-church with a … More A Pastoral Horror Story
“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
Second in a SeriesSimple truth: When we hurt, we want to not hurt. It is universal. It is human. But as a popular worship song suggests: What if Teardrops are Blessings? I want to copy out all three short chapters related to Rule #2 and drop them in this blog post. They are that good. … More Red Sea Rules: Glory over Relief
From the first sentence to last there is enough in this one paragraph to meditate for a month. (The capitalization and color emphasis is mine.) “Let us make crystal clear at the beginning of each new day, all we will get from God as believers in Jesus is MERCY. Whatever pleasures or pains may come … More One Powerful Paragraph Saturated with Christ and Gospel Truth
Ran across this while looking for something else. (Happens all the time). Here, a husband and wife team up to give a humorous but insightful and intelligent look at what theology is and why it is important to all of us. Enjoy.
[Picture credits at the end.] Sometimes, we only learn of His care through the times of trauma and pain. I don’t know why this is I just know that it is. It is not a story of which Christians down through the ages have been unaware. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “Pain insists upon … More Pain and Sorrow and there Effect Under Christ
Scene from “The Chosen” 9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his … More Reading Matthew and Thinking about “The Chosen”
We are planting a new church in Rock Hill, SC focused on the southwest corner of town. Our community is the three-mile radius surrounding South Pointe High School and we are very excited about the growing company of men and women God is assembling to bring a fresh expression of the gospel to the ethnically … More Our New Church
The title of this post is the chapter heading from chapter 8 of John Piper’s A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You The book is similar to two previous books by Pastor John, The Godward Life: Book 1The Godward Life: Book 2. I recommend them all. This new third volume (2014) is composed … More Be Careful, Lest the Light in You Be Darkness