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How a Teen Can React When Stuck in the Cyclic Effect of Victimhood

How a Teen Can React When Stuck In the Cyclic Effect of Victimhood

All of us are victims. Adam dealt us a death blow. And to complicate matters, we’re also blameworthy. We are guilty victims or victim sinners if you wish. It’s not a comfortable thought, but it’s an accurate one. Everyone practically possesses these two polarizing truths.… Continue Reading …

9/11: A Study in Misplaced Faith and a Hardened Conscience

911 A Study in Misplaced Faith and a Hardened Conscience

We will never forget the tragedy of 9/11. Many of us remember where we were on that tragic day. I was sitting in my counseling office when the news came. It continues to boggle the mind to think how anyone could be so twisted that… Continue Reading …

Whose Reputation Is Most Important to You, Practically Speaking?

Whose Reputation Is Most Important to You, Practically Speaking

When it comes to our reputations, the Christian has two choices from which to choose. We can build a personal, sacred monument to ourselves, or we can choose to enhance the reputation of Christ. When we take our theological exams, we know which box to… Continue Reading …

What’s the Big Deal with You: Get the Vaccine Already?

What's the Big Deal with You Get the Vaccine Already

The whole world is at war. It’s a war between good and evil—as always. Some of the skirmishes are between military combatants, but the purpose of this piece is not between those warriors in the traditional theaters. I’m addressing those other warriors—specifically, those who have… Continue Reading …

Legalism Is a Fear-Based Culture that Leads to a Complex Life

Legalism Is a Fear-Based Culture that Leads to a Complex Life

Legalism is a complicated subject. It stirs passionate responses from many Christians. If you’re in a legalistic culture, it’s hard to get out. If you did come out of it, it’s typical to overreact by going to anti-rule excesses. In this two-part series, I will… Continue Reading …

When the Gospel Becomes the New Legalism

When the Gospel Becomes a New Form of Legalism

The word gospel has been the most popular word in evangelicalism for many years. You can’t go wrong with the gospel. Or can you? Is it possible for God’s creation to take a good thing like the gospel and twist it into something not right?… Continue Reading …

An Appeal from a Former Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor

An Appeal from a Former Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor

I wrote this piece in 2012 originally. I’m republishing it with a few edits since the sad saga continues to unfold. I was part of Sovereign Grace Ministries from 2003 to 2008, and for four of those years, I served as a pastor. It was… Continue Reading …

I Met a Christian Who Refuses to Walk Away from His Sin

I Met a Christian Who Refuses to Walk Away From His Sin

Can a Christian walk away from God? To help work through this question, we must recognize that Christianity is not neat, and sin has never been respectful of our preferred categories. The Hebrew writer is suggesting there can be this kind of Christian—a believer who… Continue Reading …

My Husband Never Asks for Forgiveness. How Am I to Respond?

My Husband Never Asks for Forgiveness. How Am I to Respond? 001

I’m frustrated! I am always approaching my husband with my sin, asking for his forgiveness, but he seems never to see his need to ask me for forgiveness. Many times he won’t even bother to forgive me. What am I to do? How am I… Continue Reading …

The Perfect Remedy for Those People Who Annoy You

The Perfect Remedy for Those People Who Annoy You

Do you love Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:36-40)? Do you not particularly care for all of His children? Is there any individual in the body of Christ with whom you find it hard to like? Perhaps you can… Continue Reading …