The Time God Gave Me More Than I Could Handle

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


Beware the Lies of Emotionalism

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

How Should We Deal with False Teachers?

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?

Why “Positive Thinking” Is Not Biblical Thinking

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

Has “Be Authentic” Replaced “Be Holy”?

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”?

The “Vaguely Christian But Still Cool” Starter Pack

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