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The Unintended Danger of the Principle-Driven Life

The Unintended Danger of the Principle-Driven Life

One of the downsides of dividing the Bible into chapters and verses is that it can create a principle-driven discipleship methodology. What I mean is that we can turn the Bible into nuggets, snippets, and tips that are not in the context of the passage… Continue Reading …

When You Worry About Your Sin, You Hinder the Gospel

When You Worry About Your Sin, You Hinder the Gospel

The time it takes you to ask for forgiveness and feeling forgiven while enjoying the freedom of that forgiveness reveals your practical understanding and application of the gospel. For some folks, when they sin, they go through a “worry period” because they have not come… Continue Reading …

Are You Generous? Understanding a Theology of Gift-Giving

Are You Generous? A Theology of Gift-Giving

On Christmas day, people all over the world exchange presents. It is a cultural event full of fun memories. It is also an evolving tradition that loses meaning each year, which is a great reason to go counter-cultural this year? Think about this with me:… Continue Reading …

How to Bring the Gospel of Hope to a Bad Marriage

An unchanging spouse can complicate any marriage, especially when you want your spouse to change so badly that you use sin as a way to make it happen. The Bible has another way; it offers the gospel of hope, but it only comes through sacrifice.… Continue Reading …

Four Things We Do to Make Life Hard on Ourselves

Every time I sin, there is a required response needed. The question is not, “Will I respond to my sin?” but “How will I respond to my sin?” There are four incorrect reactions to sin and one correct one. The right choice will set you… Continue Reading …

From Adultery to Restoration in Thirteen Steps

The path to dysfunction is unmarked and hidden. Nobody knows they are on it until it’s too late. There are subtle indicators, but we rarely discern them. The most apparent one is an “I deserve better” attitude, which is what happened to Biff. Listen to… Continue Reading …

The Wisdom of Boasting in Your Weakness

The counterintuitive irony of the gospel is that God calls us to a place of weakness so He can perfect His strength in us. This perspective sounds good conceptually, but it hard to live out when you’d like to give someone a piece of your… Continue Reading …

Connecting the Gospel to Evil and Unfairness

The purpose of the gospel loudly proclaims that hard, challenging, and sinful problems do exist. Because evil does exist, there must be a gospel solution, which is why evil and unfairness does not defeat the gospel-centered person. That kind of individual is hope-filled when they… Continue Reading …

Discipleship Is Not Primarily about Changing Circumstances

Imagine the Apostle Paul coming to you with a thorn stuck in his flesh, metaphorically speaking, and wanting your help. What would be your primary goal as you try to serve Paul? Would you try to help him change his circumstances primarily, or would you… Continue Reading …

The Secret That Will Change Your Life Forever

The animating center of your life should be a growing, adventurous, powerful, satisfying, and reciprocal relationship with God. If you are not incrementally and consistently heading in that direction, stop and turn around because you are going the wrong way. Let me explain how to… Continue Reading …