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Book Review: Who Do You Think You Are?

In Who Do You Think You Are?, Mark Driscoll unpacks the multifaceted new identity we have in Christ by working through the book of Ephesians. In his introduction, Driscoll claims, “this world’s fundamental problem is that we don’t understand who we truly are—children of God made in his image—and instead define ourselves by any number of things other than […]

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Self-Denial in a Self-Indulgent Culture

A few weeks ago I was part of a panel answering questions on the topic of romance and relationships for the boys in our youth group. One of the students (via an anonymous slip of paper) asked why God would give feelings of attraction at such a young age without providing an outlet for those feelings […]

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Book Review: Greater by Steven Furtick

In his most recent book, Greater, Steven Furtick draws from both modern illustrations and the biblical story of Elisha to encourage believers against wasting their lives on lesser things. By placing their faith in God, he argues, they will achieve things beyond “good enough,” beyond the “vague and unrealistic aspirations” of “greatness (9).” “When you […]

Happiness & Joy: The Subtle Distinction

An insightful and subtle distinction: “Joy is deeper than happiness, but like happiness, joy is always circumstantial. Because the gospel is true, then, even when we aren’t happy we can know the deeper joy because of the circumstances of God’s goodness and love. On the permanent condition of God’s unrelenting grace, joy is a permanent possibility.” —Jared Wilson, […]

An End Worthy the Shedding of Precious Blood

The eloquence of this statement is second only to its gospel substance. Read it a few times if necessary (I had to) and let it encourage your soul, because these are precious truths, indeed: These, these are the precious truths, which a scoffing world would fain rally or ridicule us out of. To produce this […]

The Interesting Circumstances Surrounding Jesus’ Arrest: Part 2

Once the men and soldiers arrived with their swords and clubs, another interesting event transpired. Taking the cue from Judas’s kiss, “they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him” (Mt. 26:50). This was to be expected. What wasn’t expected was what happened next, “And behold, one of those who were with Jesus […]

The Interesting Circumstances Surrounding Jesus’ Arrest: Part 1

One of the greatest joys of the Christian life is re-reading Scripture for perhaps the umpteenth time and yet, finding something new. While Scripture and its truths certainly don’t change, we do, and in order to speak to us in our newfound contexts, the Spirit wields his sword (Eph 6:17) to reveal himself to us afresh. While […]

Exulting in God: A Reflection on Psalm 5

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. —Psalm 5:11-12 (ESV) David prays in this Psalm […]

Skimmed Verses, Missed Opportunities

Too quickly we dismiss passages with a statement like, “I’ve read that passage of Scripture before, no need to waste the time to read it again.” Waste the time! Yikes. Let’s back up there. This has to be one of Satan’s ploys. His subtle tempters have us rationalizing before we even notice something is there to be rationalized!

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