Wolves Beware

Wolves beware. The Church and her shepherds are watching you. Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. […]

He Requires No More Than He Gives

It’s impossible to understand God’s way of bringing people into His Kingdom, without seeing the relationship between His requirements (conditions) and His promises (grace).  He requires faith in Jesus as the grand condition of salvation. Without faith in Christ, no one can be saved. However, there is a problem: no one can work up faith in himself. No one can simply decide one morning, “Today, I will stop disbelieving Jesus and start trusting Him.” The heart of every person is supernaturally locked into unbelief, at enmity with God. Every heart is closed and no one can open it. So how can anyone be saved?  “God knows we have nothing of […]

How to Handle Your Email Like A Boss

A few years ago, I was drowning in email. Multiple accounts, various roles, numerous responsibilities brought a constant stream of messages into my Gmail account. I was drowning. But now, things are much better. Why? Simple: I have a plan and the plan works. I’ll share my plan with you and maybe you can adapt it for your own survival. Create These 4 Email Folders The four folders you should create in your email browser (Gmail, Spark, etc) are: Reply Soon To Do Name for Some Key Task Watch List Reply Soon is the place where you will move any email which needs your timely response. To Do is the […]

Caring in Christ

From time to time we hear wonderful compliments ascribed to the people around us. Sometimes the compliment is about the person’s appearance. Sometimes about his generosity or her gentle spirit. Perhaps above them all, my attention is captured when I Go to Full Article Author: Rush

The Gospel and Church Planting Fatigue

Small groups, preaching, networking, discipling, planning, praying, scheduling, rescheduling, meeting, drinking over-priced coffee, team-building, reading, writing, playing with kids, caring for a wife, advancing, retreating, shepherding, reserving, exegeting, working, and on and on and on and on and on. Planting Go to Full Article Author: Rush

The Well-read Christian

In an effort to address my own embarrassing illiteracy and the illiteracy of other Christians, I am working with two close brothers to create a series of reading lists. Eventually, I hope to put them into the form of a Go to Full Article Author: Rush

The Underbelly of Fear

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. – 1 John 4:18 A recent colloquium on PTSD afforded me a good opportunity to Go to Full Article Author: Rush