Many married years ago, I made an atypical Thanksgiving list – not about what to buy for the meal, but about my heart. It was the best list I ever made.Read more
Coping With LifeView All Coping with Life Posts
Most people miss the Bible’s practicality. This is particularly true when we consider how to deal with life’s daily challenges. We find our relationships marred by anger, fear, hurt, and frustration. How do we cope? We live in a world that often disappoints and sometimes seems empty. Where is the joy? We encounter a God who does things that we don’t understand and that He doesn’t always explain. How do we trust Him? These posts explore our concerns.
Exploring the BibleView All Exploring the Bible Posts
Take a careful look with me at the Bible and at the God behind the pages of this book He has crafted. In these posts we’ll examine the original meaning of biblical words, learn how to study a biblical text, look closely at the character of God, and reflect on how biblical truth impacts our lives.
I am convinced that pain is necessary. If the word “necessary” causes you to put up a wall and stop paying attention, I’ll soften my vocabulary and say that pain is purposeful. (But I really mean necessary.)
At first pass, the concept of “necessary pain” doesn’t make much sense. To most of us our troubles seem at best unnecessary and at worst the cruel work of an uncaring God. Pain causes us to wrestle with the basics of God’s character. If God cares, if He’s good, why doesn’t He remove our pain? Perhaps He doesn’t care; perhaps He isn’t good; perhaps He has no power over pain. Or, perhaps God has His reasons for allowing pain, even horrific pain, to invade our lives.Read more
Helping OthersView All Helping Others Posts
In these posts we’ll explore practical skills, perspectives, and wisdom essential to the art of helping others as we walk with them through the issues we all face. We’ll look at psychological disorders through a biblical lens, compare and contrast Jesus and “the shrinks,” learn what God says about skillful interactions, and gain wisdom and confidence in our battle against evil.
Hebrews 2:14-15 connects the “fear of death” with our willingness to sin. Why? Because we sin when we get afraid we’ll lose what makes us feel alive.
Quotes & ReviewsView All Quotes & Reviews Posts
Many voices – authors and speakers, shrinks, and preachers – advise us on how live productive and meaningful lives. Some realistically weave together issues of the spirit, mind, and body and accurately reflect biblical truth. Their perspectives have deeply enriched my life and ministry.
Others address mental and physical issues but neglect, minimize, or distort deeper – and more basic – spiritual concerns. Still others address spiritual concerns but disregard physiological or mental realities. Here you can read reviews of what these voices are telling us and find significant quotes from their works.See the most recent post from Quotes & Reviews below.
From overt malice to cold indifference, enmity is simply a failure to offer bold love. Yet Jesus commands us to love those who don’t love us. How?
Theme StudiesView All Theme Studies Posts
Certain ideas – themes – permeate the bible. God seems to tell thousands of unrelated stories, but that’s not true. God tells very few stories. Instead, He tells same stories again and again, varying the settings and characters, but never varying the key ideas He wants to emphasize. Once you learn to think thematically, God’s repetitions will pop off of page after biblical page, and you’ll find the bible suddenly less confusing, more fascinating, and amazingly consistent.
Here you’ll find surveys of important biblical themes, each presented as a series of related posts.
Christmas gifts and birthday parties. It started with the Magi who brought Jesus gifts. We also party at Christmas – but who gets the gifts?