Why We Preach the Law

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 alreadyContinue reading “Why We Preach the Law”

Yes, There is Only One Way to Heaven (No, That’s not Unfair)

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 downContinue reading “Yes, There is Only One Way to Heaven (No, That’s not Unfair)”

How Do We Train for Godliness?

“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬) For most of my life I exercised, sinceContinue reading “How Do We Train for Godliness?”

Don’t Overthink Evangelism

I am an unashamed golfer. I grew up around the game and began playing competitively by age 6. For the longest time, it’s all I ever knew. From the feeling you get when you hit a perfect shot to draining a long putt (or doing something like this), golf has always been my favorite sport.Continue reading “Don’t Overthink Evangelism”

Ministry Shouldn’t be Entered Hastily

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”

Whoever wins, Jesus is Lord

As we all anxiously wait for the presidential election results to filter in, I know it can be easy to lose hope. We want the person we voted for to win. As Christians, I would hope we’d want the country to be ran as close to biblical values as it can be. As we seeContinue reading “Whoever wins, Jesus is Lord”

Who — or What — is Discipling You?

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 foundationContinue reading “Who — or What — is Discipling You?”

Guarding our Mouths

“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. WithContinue reading “Guarding our Mouths”