God Isn’t Impressed with Your Duty: The Willing and Eager Heart of Christianity

One of the most liberating discoveries of my life has been coming to find that God does not pursue his people through coercion but by winning us from the heart. True Christianity cannot be coerced. God works — through his word and his Spirit — from the…

God Isn’t Impressed with Your Duty: The Willing and Eager Heart of Christianity

One of the most liberating discoveries of my life has been coming to find that God does not pursue his people through coercion but by winning us from the heart. True Christianity cannot be coerced. God works — through his word and his Spirit — from the…

What Is the Mystery of Marriage? The Most Beloved (and Misunderstood) Wedding Text

Ah, the mystery of marriage. What an enigma, that a young, energetic man would fall head over heels for a maiden. And what an even greater riddle, that she, mature and competent, would overlook his immaturities and join herself to him. At every good we…

Even This: Trusting God in Your Darkest Day

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” –Isaiah 55:8–9

God doesn’t prom…

The Doctrines of Graciousness: Five More Points for Young Calvinists

The cage-stage Calvinist. Oh that we didn’t need this term! But sadly, though understandably, we do.

In the resurgence of Reformed theology in recent years, especially among young adults, the term has arisen for good reasons. Sometimes it can seem…

Oh the Deep, Deep Joy of Jesus: What Sustained the Man of Sorrows

Man of Sorrows. What a name.

Isaiah penned some of the most memorable lines in all the Bible when he prophesied about God’s coming “suffering servant”:

He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief….

You Kept Your Promises to Mom: Six Reasons We Love Faithful Fathers

Sunday is not Mother’s Day, and Mother’s Day is not Parent’s Day. In God’s common kindness, on the third Sunday of June, at least in the United States, we honor fathers.

Even though we often praise mothers and fathers for generic virtues that coul…

When They Hurt You with Words

The spirit of the old adage “words will never harm me” is not the sentiment of the Scriptures. Words can hurt, even when directed from an unknown profile online. God made a world in which words are powerful. “Death and life are in the power of the tong…

Not a Hillsong to Die On: 100 Billion X and One Big Why

Hillsong United’s “So Will I (100 Billion X)” appeared last June on the worship band’s album Wonder and then as a single this January. The song has a compelling and reverent sound (and now nearly thirty million plays on Spotify). The song grows out of …

Where Does God Want Me to Work?

How do I find God’s will for my life? It’s always a pressing question on the college campus, and especially in our day of unprecedented options. Like never before, in an anomaly in world history, students loosened from their community of origin, “going…