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The Danger Of Guilt, and the Need For Good Friends

Mable has struggled for many years with guilt. All of it is real, though much of it is not her fault. After twenty years of fighting, her guilt—true and false—is so convoluted that it is hard to sort it out. In one sense, it does… Continue Reading …

Ep. 370 A Practical Response to Sexual Abuse in the Church

Ep. 370 A Practical Response to Sexual Abuse In the Church

Shows Main Idea – Sexual abuse is one of the worst things that could happen to anyone. It’s worse when it occurs in the church because of the assumed protection and safety among God’s people. You want to respond appropriately to the abused, abuser, and… Continue Reading …

The Whine Meter: I Want Life on My Own Terms

The Whine Meter I Want Life on My Own Terms

What comes out of your mouth when you do not get your way reveals your theology of suffering and theology of God, which shows your Christian maturity. Jesus was correct when He said that what comes out of our mouths explains what is happening in… Continue Reading …

Is It Wrong for Christians to Have Fun in a Dark World?

Is It Wrong for Christians to Have Fun In a Dark World

One of our Supporting Members asked me about a worldview on having fun. She wondered if she was supposed to have fun, and she expressed how there seems to be an element of mystery about what fun should look like for a Christian. Are Christians… Continue Reading …

You Must Know This Before You Counsel Anyone

You Must Know This Before You Counsel a Teen

Sometimes stereotypical counseling can get in the way of what you want to do with an individual, especially when the counselee has a preconceived, pessimistic instinct about where you want to go with him. You’ll see this with some teenagers, for example, because they sense… Continue Reading …

What Qualities Do You Look for in a Pastor?

What Qualities Do You Look for in a Pastor

One of the most important questions you’ll ask when looking for a new church is whether the pastor is leading the local church. What best describes your pastor? How does he affect others? Can he care for your soul? Finding a pastor is a tedious… Continue Reading …

How the Ongoing Sin of Others Impacts Your Health

How the Ongoing Sin of Others Impacts Your Health01

The interplay between our physical and spiritual selves does not get enough talk time within the Christian community, especially how a conflict between two people can lead to diminishing health. I have counseled some couples with declining health problems that parallel the acrimonious relationships with… Continue Reading …

Ep. 356 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 4

Ep. 356 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 4

Shows Main Idea – This review is of episode four in the Christianity Today (CT) series, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. CT warns the listeners that you may want to prescreen this episode due to the sexual nature and language. I concur. It… 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 …

Why Can’t I Have My Life the Way I Want It, on My Terms?

Why Can't I Have My Life the Way I Want It, on My Terms

Every person has an idea of the kind of life they want. There is nothing wrong with thinking about your life while planning for a preferred outcome. But because of our universal fallenness, things do not always work out the way we hoped. How we… Continue Reading …