God Made You a Hedonist: Do You Suppress Your Desire for Happiness?

Early on, my Christianity was very duty-oriented. My grandfather lived duty at its best as a WWII vet, and my dad diligently taught me to do what life demanded, whether I wanted to or not. My heart and my happiness seemed second-best, at best, and in m…

The Secret Benefit of Fasting

We’re prone to think of fasting in negative terms. It’s understandable. Fasting is abstaining. It’s going without food and drink, or some other otherwise good gift from God. Perhaps the reason so many of us fast so infrequently is because we think of f…

God Wants to Win You from Within

God appeals to our desire. It’s one of the great awe-inspiring truths of the universe, from the warmth of the sun’s rays to cool, refreshing streams. From the everyday pleasures of sleep, food, drink, and family, to the special joys of holidays and cha…

The Hour Had Come: Maundy Thursday in the Garden of Agony

“The hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” (Mark 14:41)

All Jesus’s human life had anticipated this hour. Every careful attempt at keeping the messianic secret. Every emotional investment poured gladly int…

Water, Milk, and Wine: Three Promises for the Thirsty

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
     and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
     Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1)

My Little Daughter: A Father’s Glimpse into the Heart of God

Few events have changed me like having a daughter. We first had twin boys, and then our first daughter came along more than four years later, with a strange and wonderful effect on this father’s heart — and perhaps it feels all the more significant bec…

Jesus Is More Than Your Savior

“I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ . . .”

If those are the first words out of an athlete’s mouth after a big win, we’re pretty sure we have an evangelical on our hands. As unnatural as those moments feel at times, many of us appreci…

What Is the Unforgivable Sin?

“Blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”

It’s one of Jesus’s most enigmatic, controversial, and haunting statements. In the last two millennia, many a tortured soul have wrestled over this warning. Have I committed “the unforgivable si…

Lord, Tell Me All I Have in You

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

It had been a desperate search for inner peace. Call it satisfaction, joy, pleasure, happiness….

The Laying on of Hands

What does the Bible teach about “the laying on of hands,” and how should this ancient ritual function, or not, in the church today?

Like anointing with oil, much confusion often surrounds these outward signs which the New Testament has very little…