As I have continued to think about it this morning, especially alongside some prep I am doing for a sermon for this Sunday, I realized what is so very powerful about it to me:
When anything other than Jesus becomes our hope (or our wealth, security, sufficiency, completeness, joy, safety, etc…), whatever we have replaced him with has become an idol. And when we place anything on that throne, we will defend it. We will justify it. We will protect it. We will cease to allow the gospel to confront it. We will hang a Do Not Disturb sign on it. As Gerald said on Sunday, “Our idols will always make demands of us.”
Several years ago I offered some advice to parents on how Christian families should think through involvement in extra-curricular activities. My own kids have now been involved in different activities, and our oldest has entered the world of middle school. This has caused me to consider how Erin and I should help them understand their objectives for each activity. What should be their primary goals? What is the WHY that governs their HOW and WHAT, so to speak? As I have thought about this I decided it would be good to put these thoughts into writing as I prepare to formally set this before them.
It has been interesting to see the effects of social media on our culture over the past several years. One
Hey T Swift! It’s us. You know, the tall, “handsome as hell” bad guys who “do it so well.”
I had the honor of preaching yesterday at my church, Westwood. Our pastor has been faithfully walking us through the
I have been horrified at the recent videos released exposing Planned Parenthood’s selling of tissue and organs of aborted babies.
The term worldview can be intimidating, but it really shouldn’t be. In fact, the term describes one of the most
One of the glorious truths of the gospel is that God is long-suffering in his love and mercy for his creation. That patience is meant to lead sinners to repentance and reconciliation with God, himself. That patience definitely does not communicate that God overlooks sin or has allowed us to define what is sin and what is not.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the