Do We Need to Focus on Overcoming Our Sins?

One could easily come to the conclusion that the most important subject among believers is sin based on the widespread popularity of the topic in popular Christian books, sermons, and Bible studies. Sin management often seems to be the reason for public ministry, and it appears to be the most important goal many who follow Jesus have embraced for their lives. Overcoming sinful actions […]

Is the Christian Life All of Him and None of Me?

This seems correct at first glance. If a person doesn’t know any better, it could almost sound like an expression of genuine humility. That’s why so many people are inclined to believe it: “The Christian life is all of Christ and none of me.” This statement almost sounds super spiritual, but it’s still a lie. Your life is not all of Him and none of […]

Panicked Responses

As I was sitting in my chair overlooking our patio one morning, I was watching the birds in our feeders outside. We have five feeders and enjoy watching the cardinals, finches, house wrens, redheaded woodpeckers, robins, sparrows, hummingbirds and even the occasional bluebird. I had opened the sliding doors to feel the outside breeze. Suddenly something startled the birds and they all took off […]

Making Music Together

Give me any of the great compositions written by Bach and let me sit down to the piano and I can play every note of the piece. Hand me Marriage of Figaro by Mozart and I can play every note on the page. That’s right, I won’t miss a note. When I play the songs for you, there will be only one problem with […]

Unlikely Heroes

God has this weird way of being attracted to those who have really blown it. It makes no sense to the morality police of this world but it’s true. This whole grace perspective makes no sense from the vantage point of human fairness, and that’s especially so if you allow a religious filter to affect the way you look at it. Most of us […]

Is It A Sin To Be Depressed?

Some people think that if we are really trusting in God we ought to always feel emotionally good. Some even go so far as to say that it’s a sin to be depressed. Are they right about that? No, they are not. Absolutely not.  These people make a completely inaccurate connection between emotional feelings and ones spiritual standing in life. That is a disjointed […]

Until We Have Faces

More than we usually recognize, the way we experience life depends on our internal interpretation of circumstances more than it does on external factors of our situation.  C.S. Lewis illustrated this point well in Until We Have Faces.   Lewis tells the story of two sisters – Orual and Psyche, who are princesses in the Kingdom of Glome. To get to the point that […]

When Old Men Run

My family and personal friends know that since the beginning of last year I’ve been working toward getting into better physical shape. When I hefted my substantial self onto the scales at the grocery store at the end of December, 2013 and a sadistic number screamed at me in mockery, something in me snapped. On January 1, 2014 I began a journey into becoming […]