Name Your GodEveryone has a God, if by God it is simply meant "supreme value driving life's decisions." What drives you? What do you delight in above all else? What would you refuse to sacrifice? What would you die for? Is it Self? Entertainment? Food? Family? Work? Approval? Fortune? Enlightenment? Friends? Cars? Toys? Sex? Sexual… Continue reading Who, What, Where is Your God?
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever. (The Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 1). To Glorify God For from him and through him and to him are all things. - Romans 11:36 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living… Continue reading What is the Chief End of Man?
Introduction to the 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards The purpose of this series, as laid out in the introduction (linked above) is to try and glean wisdom from Edwards' life and piety and then apply it to our own circumstances. With each resolution, I'm going to just briefly comment and then reflect and apply to… Continue reading The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, 1-2
Contingency: occurring or existing only if certain circumstances are the case. Similar terms: dependent, conditional, subject to, controlled by, hanging on. The Independent, unchanging, unconditional One The Bible opens with, “in the beginning, God created..”. Throughout scripture we see the implications of this statement, that God alone created everything that is created. Nothing exists outside of… Continue reading Christians Must Understand Contingency
Much has been said about suicide. Every culture has its own beliefs, filling every nook and cranny and ranging from honorable to dishonorable. The culture (or sub-culture) I’m most concerned with today is the Christian culture. Update: This is the part where I tell you I’ve wrote quite a lengthy article but have decided to… Continue reading Christian Suicide, Tension, and Verdict
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
My aim today was to write on the infinite damage done to our mind, body and soul when we engage in sexual promiscuity, one form of which is pornography. I wanted to write about the insane foolishness of trading perfection (God) for pixels (pornography). I hoped to illustrate how widespread this drug of choice has… Continue reading Preferring Pixels Over Perfection
The Christian life can be rather difficult. With all the hard demands of the bible, loving thy neighbor and such, it often seems to me that it is much easier to give the impression of godliness rather than doing the hard work of godliness. So to help whosoever would desire some guidance in these endeavors,… Continue reading A Brief Guide to Self-Righteousness
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
Here’s what happens: The service starts, all the bad people stand up, they sing, and then they sit back down and listen to the chiefly-bad person tell them about a good person that did everything required to bring bad people back in contact with a Good God. Then they eat donuts. That's basically it. Oh,… Continue reading What Really Happens When a Bad Person Goes to Church?