John Piper is a hero not because he is always right, or without flaw but because he, in his redeemed heart, is one of the most passionate hearts I know of running hard after God. I want to be passionate about pursuing God. Even in my present sickness and low energy due to many travels, … More Spiritual Blindness is not Just a Non-Believing Problem
Let me disabuse you of some myths. It isn’t the bride, or the husband, or the mother of the bride. Marriage is sacred. That is one of the reasons it is under attack and has been since the dawn of creation. And that is why the following brief paragraph is worth meditating on for a … More Who is the Main Character at a Wedding?
Sunday Musing Jesus’ view of marriage is incomprehensible to the Western mind. But incomprehensible or not, it is better than your understanding of marriage, better than mine and better than any human being who ever lived or will live. Better and right. It is the only way of marriage that maximally supports human flourishing. And … More An Incomprehensible View of Marriage
It was the opening paragraph in the third chapter titled “Come to Me”. Five different biblical texts head the chapter and set the theme to be discussed. Every passage records Jesus’s invitation/command to enter into His discipleship. (Mt. 11:28, John 7:37, 6:35, 5:40, and 11:43-44). We might summarize them this way: “Come, . . . … More What Does it Mean to be Born Again?
People like to feel powerful. But there are times when it wise to know that you are powerless. And to act that way. You have heard the adage, “Your arm is too short to box with God.” Yeah. Don’t even try to get in that ring. “Human strength can never impress an omnipotent God, and … More Bad News for Unbelief
Just watched All the Kings Men, a 1949 movie about a charismatic but corrupt Governor and the shady dealings and the strong-armed tactics used to get his way. A populist politician who got things done but stepped on anyone who got in his way. First impression, beyond disgust, was it looked like a playbook for … More Sin, Repentance and Jesus
The other day I was asked if I wanted to be called “reverend”. “No!” was my quick and nearly four decade old answer. I want no part of “honorific” titles. I am, and many of my compatriots in ministry feel totally unworthy of honor. We are servants of a King who is so high above … More Working with Hurting Pastors
“If then you have been raised up with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Col. 3:1-2), RSV) The beauty and the wonder of hot weather has arrived. My garden … More The Dangerous Beauty of Summer
Prayer is assumed to be essential to the Christian life. Since it is essential it is something that we intuitively know we should work at it. The apostle Paul said, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). My question is, “how in the world do you do that?” Howard Hendricks used to tell the story of … More Prayer is the Christian Life
Abortion is a tragic and horrific picture of the brutality of man. Human society is capable of normalizing stupendous depths of evil. Otherwise compassionate people seem completely unmoved about the murder of defenseless children. Yesterday, I was reading A Hunger for God, a 25 year old book and a passionate plea for prayer and fasting … More Re-reading a Twenty-Five Year Old Book