God, I Want to See More

Because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, I do not cease [praying for you, that God] may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened. (Ephesians 1:15–18)

Is My Reformed Theology Sick? The Best Test of Spiritual Integrity

We will not experience real life and hope and happiness without good theology. And yet, because of our wandering hearts, we often love what we have learned about God more than we love God himself. We often know more about him without knowing and enjoyi…

The Wall Between You and God’s Will

The apostle Paul says of God, “How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways. For who has known the mind of the Lord?” A couple verses later, he says, “You may discern what is the will of God.” He says, It is impossible to grasp or un…

How to Almost Follow Jesus

The more following Jesus falls out of fashion in America, the more we’ll experience what it really means to follow him.

As the risks rise for us, the once large crowds may disperse, but genuine, joy-filled faith will rise. Those who followed Jesu…

What James Earl Ray Meant for Evil

The more you get to know James Earl Ray, the more tragic it all feels. Martin Luther King, Jr., was everything Ray was not. Then, April 4, 1968, linked them together forever — fifty years ago today.

MLK had the courage to stand before massive cro…

For God So Loved His Worth: The Temptation to Make Holy Week About Me

Many of us miss the glory of Passion week because deep down we think we’re the center of what God did two thousand years ago. We think Jesus came and lived and died and was raised mainly for us — for me. We read the Gospels, and write ourselves into th…

Are You Pretending to Be Happy?

Walk through any bookstore in America, and you might think we have the corner on happiness.

Cover after cover promises some secret to new or deeper contentment, each selling tens of thousands of copies. Habits, relationships, food, forgiveness, w…

When I Am Afraid

What fears creep into your heart most often?

Are you worried you might never get married? Or if you’re married, that your marriage may never get better? Are you afraid of failing at work or losing your job? Do you have fears about your health, wha…

I Will Not Lie with You

The battle against sexual temptation isn’t won simply with Internet filters and accountability partners. It is won with Spirit-filled convictions, which over time produce new affections and desires. Filters and friends are precious weapons in the fight…

Killing Sin Does Not Make You New

If we boil the Christian life down to simply killing sin, we rob ourselves of the deepest hope and highest joys.

Yes, every true Christian will be killing sin. Any other version or distortion of Christianity falls short of what Christ died for. “P…