Discipline · Theology

The 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

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

Discipline · Personal · Theology

Should Christians Meditate?

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?

Discipline · Scripture · Theology

Preferring Pixels Over Perfection

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

Random Thoughts · Theology

What Really Happens When a Bad Person Goes to Church?

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?

Discipline · Ministry · Scripture · Theology

Screwtape and Spirituality

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

Theology

Christian Peace, and Why You Should go to Church.

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.

Theology

Three Deductions From God’s Eternality.

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.

Scripture · Theology

The Offensive and Glorious Gospel.

Offensive - adjective  causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry. Glorious - adjective having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration. It may strike you as odd that I say both of these descriptors are accurate of the gospel of Jesus. In light of my ever growing desire to write… Continue reading The Offensive and Glorious Gospel.

Scripture · Theology

Omnipotence and Tears, God Revealed in Mourning.

Jesus wept.  Within this tiny text is one of the greatest revelations of God’s character in all of scriptures. At face value this text is simple enough to be held and enjoyed by the lowest class of society and yet in God’s wisdom it seems to be forever beyond the reach of some intellectual elites.… Continue reading Omnipotence and Tears, God Revealed in Mourning.