There was an old interview that Joel Osteen did--I think it might've been with Oprah--where he was responding to criticism that he doesn't preach enough, or at all, on sin. The citation escapes me, but he said something like, "You know, I want to encourage people. I want to make them feel better. People already … Continue reading Why We Preach the Law
One of the most despised doctrines of the Christian faith is the doctrine of the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. Western culture hates it. Even some within the church shy away from it because they don’t want to offend or cause conflict. It's not popular. However, the lack of popularity doesn't mean we should back down … Continue reading Yes, There is Only One Way to Heaven (No, That’s not Unfair)
Kindness. Gentleness. Self-controlled. These three traits should all be prevalent in Christians.
When society rejects, Christians should welcome. When culture ostracizes, believers should embrace. When the world “cancels,” followers of Jesus should look past mistakes.
About two years after I became a Christian, I sensed the tug on my heart to be in pastoral ministry. Early on as a new Christian, I desired to not only preach God's Word, but to counsel God's people. For me, however, the latter has always been tough for me, since I'm naturally an introvert. … Continue reading Ministry Shouldn’t be Entered Hastily
The other day I started to think about how easily Christians are influenced. We don't just live in the culture but we are, by every indication, being discipled by it. I wouldn't imagine this is intentional, as I can't fathom a Christian wanting to follow the waves of the culture rather than the firm foundation … Continue reading Who — or What — is Discipling You?
“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin." (Proverbs 13:3 ESV) Sarcasm is my second language. Whether I am at work, in church, or simply at home with my family, many times I respond with sarcasm. And sometimes it's not the most appropriate way to respond. With … Continue reading Guarding our Mouths
"...to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you." (1 Peter 1:4 ESV) When the Bible speaks of salvation, it also speaks of an inheritance. Our salvation -- not just that our sins are forgiven but, ultimately, that we get God Himself -- is also our inheritance, which is obtained … Continue reading A Heavenly Inheritance
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119:11 ESV) In Don Whitney's famous book Spiritual Disciplines, he gives Scripture memorization as one of the key disciplines for the Christian life. But why is that? Why is memorizing the Bible such a necessary and beneficial part … Continue reading The Benefit of Storing God’s Word in Your Heart
Social media, just like other types of technology, has blessings and curses. If you don’t understand that, you’re likely to fall into the trap of using it for sinful purposes. That is why we need to be intentional with how we use social media. We are Christians. As such, we should use our God-given wisdom … Continue reading Why We Need to be Intentional with How We Use Social Media