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Modesty Wars: Hyper-Grace v. Legalism

Too often, discussions about modesty digress into contentious sparring matches between Christians with differing perspectives on this secondary issue. It does not have to be this way. There is no reason to be unkind, even when you don’t see eye to eye with another person.… Continue Reading …

I Failed as a Parent—Now What?

When a person says that they failed as a parent, they are sharing the concern of every parent. Though parental failure can differ significantly, none of us do it ideally, which is why you want to think about your limitations and imperfections, as well as… Continue Reading …

The Problem Letting Religious People Know The Real You

Becoming a Christian does not remove the fear of being rejected by others. Christianity provides you with a new people group and new opportunities to belong, but it does not mean you are to live with your new friends while wearing a mask. I did… Continue Reading …

When Your Leadership Does Not Model Transparency

They say there are no perfect churches. But what if that church is yours? How do you respond to a church that does not do community life well? What if the leaders are not setting the right example? Here are a few things to consider.… Continue Reading …

The Unintended Spiritual Benefits of Legalism

The Unintended Spiritual Benefits of Legalism

Being holy is not legalism. Being an obedient and disciplined Christian does not have to be legalistic either. If something is wrong, an overreaction to that bad thing is also an inadequate response. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud,… Continue Reading …

The Joy-Depleting Problem Of Being Reared In a Christian Home

We don’t like thinking about our awfulness because we resist the biblical declaration that we’re rotten to the core (Isaiah 64:6). A person with a high view of himself gets hung up on his fallenness. Ironically, it is the acceptance of your wickedness that releases… Continue Reading …

The Danger of Pragmatic Parenting

Parenting children is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. There are many temptations for parents, the biggest of which is to be result-oriented because it’s easier to make children behave than doing the hard work of training them. Listen to the podcast Our… Continue Reading …

The Danger of the “Grace Mistake”

Grace and gospel go hand-in-hand. You cannot have one without the other, and you never minimize either one. The first is the means to the second. Grace is the undeserved favor that permits you to enjoy the gospel. The danger in some “hyper-grace” cultures is… Continue Reading …

The Reward Of Doing It In the Dark

Do you find it difficult to look your spouse in the eye so you can communicate intimately? Is it hard for you to be vulnerable with your spouse? If so, I have some practical advice for you. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on… Continue Reading …

Connecting the Gospel to Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a fear-motivated response from a person not comfortable with who she is. She realizes something is wrong with her. She senses an “internal awkwardness.” She is not comfortable in her skin. Rather than fleeing to God to fix what is wrong, her solution… Continue Reading …

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