Name Your GodEveryone has a God, if by God it is simply meant "supreme value driving life's decisions." What drives you? What do you delight in above all else? What would you refuse to sacrifice? What would you die for? Is it Self? Entertainment? Food? Family? Work? Approval? Fortune? Enlightenment? Friends? Cars? Toys? Sex? Sexual… Continue reading Who, What, Where is Your God?
What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. (Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 2) The Scriptures of… Continue reading What Rule Hath God Given?
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever. (The Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 1). To Glorify God For from him and through him and to him are all things. - Romans 11:36 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living… Continue reading What is the Chief End of Man?
Contingency: occurring or existing only if certain circumstances are the case. Similar terms: dependent, conditional, subject to, controlled by, hanging on. The Independent, unchanging, unconditional One The Bible opens with, “in the beginning, God created..”. Throughout scripture we see the implications of this statement, that God alone created everything that is created. Nothing exists outside of… Continue reading Christians Must Understand Contingency
I've long wondered how to rightly think of the imprecatory psalms. This term imprecatory, in case you're unfamiliar, is a late middle English word that means to speak evil towards someone. And a Psalm is a sacred song or prayer. So then, imprecatory psalms are sacred songs or prayers speaking evil (or harm) towards someone. What the… Continue reading Learn to Love Imprecatory Psalms
Some people (read: even Christians) look puzzled when I talk about how badly I'm dying for Sunday to arrive. I want to go to church more than I want to do just about anything else, (usually). I wasn't raised in church and so this behavior certainly doesn't come from tradition. It doesn't come from obligation. It… Continue reading Learn to Love the Sabbath
Much has been said about suicide. Every culture has its own beliefs, filling every nook and cranny and ranging from honorable to dishonorable. The culture (or sub-culture) I’m most concerned with today is the Christian culture. Update: This is the part where I tell you I’ve wrote quite a lengthy article but have decided to… Continue reading Christian Suicide, Tension, and Verdict
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) recorded 70 resolutions, self-imposed agreements to help manage his whole life, from his thoughts to his words to his eating and sleeping. By today's standards, most Christian's would balk at such a high standard of piety and probably cry "Legalism!" or "Get… Continue reading The 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards
Doctrinal Lines and Gospel Essentials As more time goes by in my Christian life, the more convinced I have become of certain doctrinal truths. I'm fully convinced I will never change my view on some of these truths, as I believe they are clearly displayed in the full biblical message. Some people disagree with me… Continue reading Doctrinal Disagreement
Absolutely. Yes. Everyday. Words synonymous with meditate are contemplate, deliberate, muse, think, consider, reflect, concentrate. Basically, things we do on a daily basis anyways. So why the negative stereotype (in the minds of western christians, at least) with the word meditation? Well, as is the case with most stereotypes, there is misunderstanding and lack of… Continue reading Should Christians Meditate?
My aim today was to write on the infinite damage done to our mind, body and soul when we engage in sexual promiscuity, one form of which is pornography. I wanted to write about the insane foolishness of trading perfection (God) for pixels (pornography). I hoped to illustrate how widespread this drug of choice has… Continue reading Preferring Pixels Over Perfection
Here’s what happens: The service starts, all the bad people stand up, they sing, and then they sit back down and listen to the chiefly-bad person tell them about a good person that did everything required to bring bad people back in contact with a Good God. Then they eat donuts. That's basically it. Oh,… Continue reading What Really Happens When a Bad Person Goes to Church?
Mere excess in food is much less valuable than delicacy. Its chief use is as a kind of artillery preparation for attacks on chastity. On that, as on every other subject, keep your man in a condition of false spirituality. Never let him notice the medical aspect. Keep him wondering what pride or lack of… Continue reading Screwtape and Spirituality
A Christians inner peace is never based on his ability to take all the teachings of scripture and figure it all out. Our peace always rests on the presence, power, and character of the Lord. Christian Peace You don't need to "figure it all out". You simply can't. Our peace is stolen from us when… Continue reading Christian Peace, and Why You Should go to Church.
Eternality is a beautiful word. It makes me want to write a blog post about beautiful words. But that isn't why I'm writing today. My latest sermon was on some of the implications we can deduce from the fact that God is eternal and all-knowing. I wanted to share the spark notes with you because… Continue reading Three Deductions From God’s Eternality.