Striving Side by Side

As Paul speaks of the bold advance of the gospel in this passage, he says something that has brought great conviction in accordance with the sermon and this video from Sunday. In verse 27 he writes, "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel," (ESV, emphasis mine). 

Idolatry & The Shack

To create a physical representation of the invisible God is to seek to render understandable that which is too great for our understanding. And when we do this, we inevitably diminish God. Always. And we do this in our own image, in our own likeness, in an attempt to portray God in the way we wish for others to see him. This is a serious violation of the person of God. Indeed, as many have written about the book The Shack, much can be said about the way that God is misrepresented.

No Such Thing as a Blank Space Christian

Recently, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary adopted a new official hymn.  They selected a beautiful new song written by Keith and Krysten Getty entitled, “For the Cause.”  I love being a student (yet again!) at this wonderful Seminary.  I appreciate their heart for the gospel, and especially their vision to see “every classroom a Great Commission classroom.”... Continue Reading →

Living as Exiles in a Foreign Land

I had the honor of preaching yesterday at my church, Westwood.  Our pastor has been faithfully walking us through the Book of Isaiah.  Last Sunday we arrived in chapter 28.  Peter quotes a portion from this chapter in the second chapter of his first letter: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone... Continue Reading →

4 Big Takeaways from Dr. Rob Rienow’s Book, Visionary Parenting

I highly recommend this book, and hope that many parents I know will buy it and read it. I want to offer some reflection that I hope will either provoke others to read the book for themselves, or at least share some of the more practical takeaways for us. So, this will not be a 'book review,' but rather a brief summary of the 4 most practical points of application that Erin and I have already begun to put into practice in our home.

We Need to be Careful How we Seek to Define Sin

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.

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