This morning I woke early and retreated to the living room to have my devotions. Readings in the Psalms and the Gospel of Mark and then in a devotional that my wife gave me some years ago that I return to often. There, as morning began to rise, I find these words as a part … More The Opportunity of Temptation
Some saints struggle more than others. I don’t know why. But it happens. Right now, I’m not going to analyze the whys. I just want to make the observation and point out an error that sometimes results from the observable fact that some saints struggle to progress in the Christian life at the same pace … More Struggles and Sins
It was pre-2008. I was commenting on the gospel in a message delivered to New Song Church in Bolingbrook, IL. I think it was either Easter or Christmas. In the message, I asked a question which I have asked many times since. “If the greatest being in the universe wants to give the greatest gift … More The Acid Test for Christ-centeredness
I love being with my wife. It doesn’t really matter what we are doing. I love being with her. Driving, watching TV, eating a meal, reading together, traveling, hiking, even walking (I don’t walk with anyone but her, generally, I hate walking.). Any time with my bride is a joy. I love her smile, her … More If I Do Not Love to Be with Jesus, Do I Love Him at All?
God Hates Sin. And he has good reason to hate sin. It breaks his moral law. It deprives human beings of their full flourishing. It brings pain and heart-ache to others. It creates destruction and violence in the world. It destroys the beauty of his creation. And the list goes on . . . God’s … More God Hates.
Reading with the PastorProverbs 29, Hebrews 7, and Psalm 59 and Psalm 25 Read Psalm 25 For your name’s sake, O Lord,. pardon my guilt, for it is great. (Psalm 25:11) An awareness of sin. When I am aware of my sin, when I know my sin is great, I am in … More Psalm 25 Reading with the Pastor
No nation produces better novelists than Russia. It isn’t even close. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pasternack, Chekhov, Nabakov, Solzhenitsyn, Turgenev, these are men whose greatest books are worthy of being read multiple times and who have enraptured the imagination of millions all over the world. Crime and Punishment and the Brothers Karamozov by Dostoevsky are filled with such … More The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Grace. Unmerited favor. The free and unmerited favor of God whereby He freely bestows His blessings and forgiveness on sinners. Grace is the healing generosity of God that touches us so powerfully that nothing is ever quite the same again. —Calvin Miller A faithful band of men and women at Trinity Church have been seeking … More Resolves and Grace
Thursday One of my goals last year was to read all of Shakespeare’s plays. It was an epic fail. Instead of all of Shakespeare’s plays, I read only one, Hamlet. I have long been mesmerized by the play since my days of teaching the Life of David at the Institute of Biblical Studies and the … More Thinking About Sin and Shakespeare
Tuesday is for Reflection Why do we neglect confession of sin in the church? There would be no Church if the God did not lead us to confess our need for a Savior. There is therefore no way to escape the admission by the members of churches to acknowledge that they are sinners. We are … More Bonhoeffer on Humility and Confession