The biographies of pioneering missionaries, or puritans resisting the English kings, or reformers facing heresy trials, or other heroes of the faith often impress us with great displays of trust in God. These heroes proclaimed the gospel to people about to kill them for it, preached when they’d be thrown in jail for doing so, and relied constantly on God for provision. Perhaps we see great trust as well in fellow church members—those fighting cancer, those with very sick family members, those who end up in severe financial trouble, those who go through great trouble with unbelieving family, and others. While many people go through various difficult trials and have to rely on God, some Christians experience mostly good providences to us, and that their “trials”—finals weeks and annoying people at work—hardly count. How then can such a person trust God? Continue reading “Trusting God When Life is Easy”
We’ve all seen them. Listicles are articles that are just lists of short bullet points, usually with pictures. And they’ve even made their way to the Christian blogosphere! Like this one, and this one, and worst of all this one. But this medium must DIE!
Here’s a listicle of 8 reasons why that’s the case: Continue reading “8 Reasons Christian Listicles Must DIE!”
After an extensive hiatus that has been far too long, this blog will revive with this post continuing our study on male tears. In the last installment, we talked about all the times Jesus cried, and concluded the only thing we saw that made Jesus cry was the sin and unbelief of His people, at one time seen juxtaposed with coming judgment. In this installment we’ll talk about my personal philosophy of crying and how it fits with the Bible. In the next installment you’ll see the promised list of all the times I cried in college, which for me ended in March of 2016. Continue reading “When Even Men Cry: How to Abandon All Your Principles”
I take as an axiom, “Great people read, and great people read a lot.” My purpose, then, is extending this principle to, “Christians should read, and Christians should read a lot.” Surely we are obligated to steward the intellects God gave us. We can do this by reading. Reading combats laziness, reading informs our worldview, reading gives us a knowledge of the devil’s devices, reading enables us to understand and love others. Most importantly, reading makes first dates less awkward—it gives us things to talk about. Reading is a good thing, but it is something many people foolishly neglect, much to their own detriment. By reading I mean primarily books, not newspapers, magazines, comics, or trashy websites. To quote Charles Spurgeon:
Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.
Of course, How to Read a Book exists, and I have shamelessly plagiarized its title. But this is not a post about how to read a book, it’s a post about how to read books. I shall explore how a Christian should approach the necessary discipline of reading extra-Biblical books. And I have three words to describe how you should approach reading: broadly, copiously, and deeply. Continue reading “How to Read Books”
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I want to learn from the pattern of Hebrews 11 and the logical flow into the next two verses. Continue reading “As Saints of Old Still Line the Way”
The following is very slightly adapted from a devotional given by the author at a college group event.
I think you, as a Christian, should be reading the Old Testament. I’ve heard the objections. They’re stupid. Let me tell you why. Continue reading “You Should Read the Old Testament”