"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
I'm going to make two lists. Then you'll read them and identify more with one of them. The key word is more. These are generalities. Read them as such. Christian A Has a favorite sports team and knows the players, statistics, coaches, etc. by memory but does not have the same volume of scripture… Continue reading The Pitiable Christian
You've heard it before, "I just never thought it would happen to me". We say this when we win the lottery, and when we're struck with tragedy. "Time flies. You'll regret that when you're older. Kids grow up so fast. No church is perfect. People will let you down." All true. And yet, somehow, we… Continue reading When They Leave You, God is There
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
1I've been walking along this road beginning as far back as I remember. In fact if you asked me when this Walk began I might say, "It's all I've known, so much so that I didn't realize I was upon it until just now." 2And now that you've mentioned it, I can't help but notice.… Continue reading The Road
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.
Wrist vibrates. Fitbit's telling me to wake up. Silenced. “Abandoned. Abusive. Alone. Arrogant. Annoying. Bastard. Boring. Burden. Exhausted. Failure. Fake. Forgotten. Hurtful. Hypocrite. Meaningless. Rejected. Stupid. Trapped. Ugly. Waste. Weak. Worthless." I did not invite this. An invasion has taken place upon my mind. Before I smell the morning brew I can taste the familiar bitterness of… Continue reading The Siege of a Saint. Morning’s Madness.