Theology & Worship, Work

Erasing the Sacred-Secular Divide

In their book, The Gospel at Work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert write that “Work is not just a way to pass the time and make money. Your job is actually service that you render to the Lord himself!”1 It’s easy to look at a pastor and see how his job reflects this statement. Of course his work is service…

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Theology & Worship

God’s Goodness to Us in Difficult Circumstances

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5.3–5 When I read this passage from Romans, my first…

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Missions, Theology & Worship

Praise Him, Then Proclaim Him

Isaiah 12 gives us a beautiful picture of God’s people on mission. Although Israel’s role in the Old Testament was primarily to a be a hub of worship that would attract other nations and give them a glimpse of what life under God’s rule looked like, what Isaiah foresees during the reign of the Messiah is a people who loudly…

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Faith & Culture, Social Media

I’m Leaving Facebook–Here’s Why

I’ve had the above picture on my phone’s lock screen for several months, and one thing I’ve come to realize from looking at 1 Thessalonians 4.11 multiple times a day is that Facebook is working hard to keep my life from looking like what the Apostle Paul encourages in this verse. Posting everything on Facebook is the opposite of a quiet life—it’s…

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Sincerely Wrong

I read the following in C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity the other day: [S]urely the reason we do not execute witches is that we do not believe there are such things. If we did—if we really thought that there were people going about who had sold themselves to the devil and received supernatural powers from him in return and were using these…

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Sinful, Saved, & Sent

This post is a summary of a sermon I preached called “Sinful, Saved, & Sent.” It is taken from Ezekiel 36.22–36, and it represents some of my thoughts as I have processed our family’s call to missions. God acts for the sake of His holy name (vv. 22–23) God is preoccupied with protecting His name. The fundamental reason God gives…

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