Amidst a variety of Christian platitudes stands the timeless half-truth, "God never gives us more than we can handle." There is a sense in which this is theologically accurate--if we view it on the basis of 1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, … Continue reading The Time God Gave Me More Than I Could Handle
There's no doubt that mainstream Christian culture today places too much emphasis on emotion. We're encouraged to use our feelings, rather than the facts of Scripture, as a gauge to see where we're at spiritually. Strong faith is equated to a crazed, emotional high, to being "on fire for God"... but anything less is labeled as weak … Continue reading Beware the Lies of Emotionalism
To some, studying theology seems like a dry, stale process that sucks all the life out of the Christian faith. We need to grow so much in loving others and serving God--in putting into practice what we already know--so why waste all this time debating doctrine and poring over the works of old theologians? Shouldn't we focus … Continue reading Are Reformed Christians “All Head, No Heart”?
They're everywhere! Or at least, it seems that way sometimes. If your social media feeds and news stories look anything like mine, you know what I mean--article after article featuring today's false teachers, written either to promote them, or expose them. Many are rich and famous. Some are less well-known. They are nicely dressed, charismatic speakers. Under … Continue reading How Should We Deal with False Teachers?
What do we do when we're bogged down by self-loathing thoughts? When our own minds hurl cruel insults and harsh condemnations at us, causing us to despair and doubt that God could really love us? If you struggle with these things, I'm not here to tell you to just "get over it." Nor am I going … Continue reading Trade in Self-Esteem for Christ-Esteem
I used to listen to the radio on my way to work, and the station I tuned into was a local Christian one. Their slogan claimed that they played, not biblically-sound songs, but "positive hits." I would always think to myself: What in the world does that mean? Has being "positive" somehow become an acceptable substitute for Christianity today? … Continue reading Why “Positive Thinking” Is Not Biblical Thinking
Sometimes our theology can sound much more complicated than it actually is. Just trying to navigate through the various terms and phrases can leave us feeling like we're drowning in confusion. It can be very discouraging, can't it? The experience reminds me of math class in grade school, when I struggled just to remember the names of all … Continue reading The Freedom of Worshipping God’s Way
Fill in the blank: A Christian's life ought to be most characterized by ________. Here are your choices. A) Holiness. B) Authenticity. Which did you choose? While (A) may seem like the obvious answer, the popular pick among many Christian teachers, authors, and leaders today appears to be (B). And if we're not careful, we're likely to fall … Continue reading Has “Be Authentic” Replaced “Be Holy”?
So you want Jesus... but you're not ready to say no to the world and its approval. You want the get-out-of-hell-free card, and that good-person-aura... but not the full-fledged commitment to God's Word. You want the benefits of being "spiritual," the cushion of a family religion, and all the other perks of being labeled a "Christian"... without … Continue reading The “Vaguely Christian But Still Cool” Starter Pack
As we might expect, the world's definition of a good friendship is not quite the same as the Christian's. But they can look very similar at times. Just consider the fact that the Huffington Post (a non-Christian website) published an article titled, "11 Signs of a Genuine Friendship." Among these signs were points that we would agree with even … Continue reading Has Your Friendship Lost Its Saltiness?