It’s the season of Advent, and I’m enjoying wonderful songs about the birth of our Savior; this season it’s ones like Lauren Daigle’s “The Light of the World” and Francesca Battistelli’s “You’re Here.” These songs increase my deep joy and gratitude for our Lord Jesus Christ’s willingness to descend to earth and accomplish our great salvation for us, freeing us from sin and death and calling us to Himself. I sometimes stand stunned with gratitude at the outpouring of His grace.
But this gratitude is not my motivator to serve Him. Continue reading “A better motivator for Christian service than gratitude”
Or running away into the mountains . . . or going over a wall in a basket . . . or hiding on a roof . . . Continue reading “You want to “suffer well”? — a poster”
Hang on. This is not to say that’s never a good thing to pray. I’ve prayed it, and I don’t regret praying it. It’s not unbiblical.
But it’s also not Biblical. That is, it’s not in the Bible anywhere—no one ever prayed for God to use anyone, and the readers of the Bible were never told Continue reading “Maybe it’s time to stop praying for God to “use” you”
For those of us who have looked for hope in the homeschooling movement, the patriarchy movement, the neo-Calvinist movement, or any other movement. Continue reading “Our only hope: a poster”
So what did Jesus do to secure our salvation?
If you answer, “He died on the cross,” I would say that I think you’re maybe about one-fifth right. Continue reading “What kind of salvation did we get?”
When we left my Independent Fundamental Baptist roots (not because of rules so much, or a particular bad experience, but because in our study of the Bible, some of our beliefs had changed so fundamentally that we no longer fit), in searching for where we belonged in the world of Christendom, we ended up in a Reformed Baptist church.
Reformed Baptists, with their peculiar brand of legalism, quite different from Continue reading “Finding that elusive Sabbath Rest”
This was a question that someone asked me who hadn’t been to church in a while, because for some, the church can sometimes seem hurtful.
As I’m wont with expressions that seem trendy, I said, “That expression seems trendy, and it isn’t in the Bible. So let’s just talk about what it means to love each other.”
Then today I was reading in Philippians. Continue reading “What does it mean to live in community?”
I don’t really hate it . . . but I dislike it a lot.
It has such a beautiful title: “I Am Satisfied with Jesus.” My heart leaps up in response to that title. Yes!
It’s an old song, sung in the churches in which I grew up, so you may not know it. It goes like this: Continue reading “A song I love to hate”
“So what do you mean by gospel?”
My friend was taken aback by my question. She had just been talking about the importance of living a gospel-centered life, based on the transforming power of the gospel.
But I had been feeling some concern that gospel is becoming more and more of a buzzword Continue reading “Should my life be centered around the gospel?”