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?
Introduction to the 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards The purpose of this series, as laid out in the introduction (linked above) is to try and glean wisdom from Edwards' life and piety and then apply it to our own circumstances. With each resolution, I'm going to just briefly comment and then reflect and apply to… Continue reading The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, 1-2
"Prayer meeting this Sunday, before service!" Eek. Before service? As in, even earlier than normal? Why would I do that? I wouldn't. And here are at least five reasons why I wouldn't. First I have a long and fruitful track record of rousing myself to prayer, especially first thing in the morning when I awake into another… Continue reading Five Arguments Against Prayer Meetings
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
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?
“The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when you come, bring with you, and the books, but especially the parchments.” 2 Timothy 4:13. He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has been preaching at least for thirty years, and yet he wants books! He had seen the Lord, and yet he… Continue reading Give Thyself Unto Reading
That's probably a laughable title. Who celebrates sobriety after just three days? And not even three total days, but two total days and half of a third? An addict does. That's who. What am I addicted to? Myself, mostly. Well, to be more precise I'm addicted to pleasing myself through a few specific indulgences, the… Continue reading Three Days Sober
The Phone The phone rings, caller known or unknown it doesn't matter, and I stare at the screen terrified to answer. I can't do it. I can't talk to people right now. I can't make a voice. And what if they need something? What if I have to go outside? I can't do it. I'll… Continue reading The Battle
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
That's the 2011 estimate of how many people die each day. Considering the dramatic increase in world population in the last seven years, I wouldn't be surprised to see that the daily death toll has reached or will soon reach 200,000. As of 2011 the global average was such that an estimated 2 people died… Continue reading One Hundred Fifty-One Thousand, Six Hundred
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.