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?
I'm relatively new to the "Christian homemaker" scene. As a single lady, I taught full-time and found it extremely difficult to balance my work life with the demands of my "home life." It seemed every week I had to choose between grading papers and cleaning my apartment, and I was always falling behind on one or the … Continue reading Five Household Chores–Five Meditations on Christ
It's good and right for us, as Christian women, to take a stand against feminism and defend the truth. Out of love for the Lord and for our neighbor, we want to expose the lies that the world tells us about womanhood--that what they call the "freedom" to rebel against our Creator is, in reality, slavery to sin that leads to death. … Continue reading No Pink-Letter Bible