Category Discipline

Spiritual Discipline: Thanksgiving

There are quite a few books available on cultivating spiritual disciplines, some good and some terrible. I have read a few and they usually advocate such things like keeping a journal, a dedicated prayer time, abstinence from various things, fasting, worship, prayer, and so on. Usually these sorts of books are quite individualistic and full […]

To Hell With The Chicken Fingers

My family and I have just returned from a two-week vacation (trip). We traveled more than 4,000 miles in 13 days and God blessed us through it all, no complaints. For you parents reading this, you know that traveling with little children is a bit difficult. Routines are disrupted, schedules are broken, rebellion increases, your […]

Worship Is Supposed To Be Hard

I was once a minister in a mainline denomination. While there, I served nearly three years and had led worship services in the assumed evangelical manner. You know, two or three songs, sermon, offering, closing song and a benediction. The service usually lasted 45 minutes to an hour. This was easy worship, and it was […]

Calm Down, Dad

Let me relay a humbling story to you. My family and I were on a little weekend trip to visit some sister churches in another town, in another state. A six hour drive included about four hours of our three year old singing 20 letters of the alphabet along with his own song made up […]

Refined By Fire

Our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) and this has implications, as you would expect. There are two direct implications of God being a consuming fire, but before I look at those we must understand what a consuming fire does. It devours, it destroys, it eats everything it touches. Nothing is left untouched by […]

Sober Lewisian Wisdom

I found these words from C.S. Lewis in one of my old journals from college, I think they came from The Four Loves. “We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our […]

Giving In Is Faithlessness 

Either God is right or He isn’t. If He is, and He is, then His Words are good and life-giving. If we say that the Word is not right, we are then saying that God is wrong. When the creature tells its Creator that He is wrong, we find ourselves right back in the Garden […]

New Year, New Committments

Read the Bible. You know you should. Either the Bible is what it says it is, namely, the Word of God, or it isn’t. If it isn’t the Word of God, then never mind. If it is the Word of God, which it is, then you and I have a lot of work to do. […]

Before You Sin

Most Christians sin willingly. There are times when we sin out of ignorance, or through a slip of the mind. When you work twelve hours in a day and then come home to the craziness of family life, you may snap at them. It is sin, but it slipped. This is not an excuse, of […]

Why Should We Pray?

Sometimes we don’t know what to pray for. Sometimes we don’t know what words to use. Sometimes we don’t know enough details about a circumstance to pray effectively (we think). But, perhaps a thought that creeps in the back of our minds the most about prayer is this: why? Let me reveal a little more […]