I’M SO VAIN

Reading a Puritan Paperback called The Way to True Peace and Rest has provoked me to think about some of the big obstacles to peace and rest. Early in my Christian life, a striking illustration of pride proved most helpful. To this day, I think about it regularly. It went like this: Imagine you walk into a room where people …

LOW ON DISCERNMENT

Social media, press media, and a myriad of irresponsible voices are complicating our efforts to make sense of life in the modern world. It’s wild out there and our discernment is running low. I loved this book when it released, and it’s worth opening again now. If you don’t know, now you know. Go to Full Article Author: Rush

ADVICE FOR THE ANXIOUS

In these anxiety-fueled times, advice helps. I’m not sure why, but I’ve often found the older the advice, the better. Those who came before us, living in harder times and more deadly circumstances, have richer things to say and believe. John Calvin certainly fits within this trend. A strong quote from Calvin on the topic of anxiety led me to …

ADVICE TO A TROUBLED WOMAN

I shared a story about Andrew Murray in my sermon last Sunday. Sounds like I spoke too fast and prevented some people from putting it down in their notes. I better reproduce it here. The story puts South African pastor Andrew Murray laid up in bed with severe back pain, in the home of someone who hosted him on preaching …

WE HOPE IN WHOM WE WAIT

Who are you waiting on today? In difficult times of waiting, we must remember who we are waiting on. The Psalms remind us that we hope in whom we wait. Repeatedly, the psalmist cries out: How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1)Because he hopes in God, he …

A WAY SEEMS RIGHT

We sorely underestimate many verses in the Bible. Proverbs 16:25 must sit near the top of the list. It reads: “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” The Bible magnifies this verse’s importance by quoting it again in Proverbs 14. This verse emphasizes the deceitful nature of sin. The …

AIRPLANE BONEYARD

I came across an incredible video article about the airline industry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines grounded thousands of airplanes. Because maintenance needs remain, and atmospheric conditions may harm the giant machines, airlines must store planes in special places called “boneyards.” An unexpected implication of the pandemic shutdowns, grounded planes gobble up space and attention. Airlines must find ground space …

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

Our world needs unity in diversity. We need an answer to the question , “how can ‘the many’ diverse people be brought into ‘the one’ unified crowd?” It is the problem of the one and the many. The answer can only be found in the God of the Bible and His revealed purposes for our world. The Triune God is …

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion. Some Christians object to this emphasis …

EIGHT FACETS OF FAITHFUL PREACHING

Faithfulness is multifaceted; there is much more to it than simply capturing the dominant thrust of the passage we are expounding, essential as that is. Faithful servants of God’s Word prove themselves to be faithful stewards of it when they: 1. Trust God. Those who speak for God are justified to expect him to speak through them when they are faithful …