The Five (non Fox News Style)

The narrative of Namaan in 2 Kings 5 is essentially an Old Testament missionary story that serves as a window into God’s amazing saving work. It is a historical event that displays theological truths about the most remarkable thing that has been—and is—going on in … Read More

Proximity, Complexity, and Simplicity

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways” (Romans 11:33). The closer I get to something, the larger it gets. And the larger it gets, the more appreciative I become.  It’s … Read More

Monday Morning Musings for September 17, 2018

The more I meditate on “seeking what’s up” and “setting my mind on what’s up” (Colossians 3:1-4), the more I realize what’s truly going on: a glory war. That’s right —whose glory will occupy my attention: God’s or man’s? When I’m earth-bound and horizontally focused, … Read More

Monday Morning Musings for September 10, 2018

I bet many of you have heard the verse in Isaiah 55 that promises God’s Word will not return void. Remember it? Just in case, here it is: “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me … Read More

Monday Morning Musings for September 3, 2018

The Gospel Grid in 1 Corinthians 15, which I explain in this message, isn’t a one-off sidebar or single-referenced mention in Scripture. Not at all! It’s everywhere by instruction and example.  And just this past week God’s Word was so encouraging to me as I read … Read More

Monday Morning Musings for August 27, 2018

The miracle of forgiveness keeps rolling around in my head. And its mandate as well. No doubt they’re connected, and the order matters. In meditating on the topic this morning, I realized something particular to those of us who serve on a church staff: we … Read More

6 Reasons Christians Don’t Get Past their Past

I just finished a summer series called “Traction”, and in it I explored six reasons some Christians are stuck in a rut spiritually, spinning their wheels yet not moving anywhere. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it is biblical, as well as all too common. Because some have … Read More

Monday Morning Musings for August 20, 2018

I’ve been dealing with death a lot over the past two weeks. And on two different ends—with a person nearing 60 and a newborn just hours old. Though it comes with the territory of pastoring, seeing it before your eyes with people you’ve come to … Read More

It’s Staturday: Are You Stressed?

It’s no surprise that social media can be a producer of social stress. But did you know… …According to the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health (as reported by TIME), Instagram is the most stress-inducing social media platform? They surveyed 1,500 young people and found … Read More

Guess Who’s Praying For You?

There’s more than few right answers to that question. But the answer that is most encouraging? The Holy Spirit! Why does he pray for us? In short, because we are weak, and because we are often without words. After reading Romans 8 recently, I was … Read More