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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Conditioning and Reputation

About a month ago, John Piper spoke at a conference for the American Association of Christian Counselors. If you’ve listened to or read Piper much, you know he’s not a funny guy (the audio can be found here, the pertinent section is the first five minutes). I don’t say that as a criticism, but simply

Is Grumbling That Big Of A Deal?

I’ve been doing a lot of reading through the Old Testament lately and I’ve been struck by a consistent theme that is present in both the Israelites and myself: grumbling. A lot of times grumbling doesn’t seem like much of a sin at all. And if there were ever such a thing as “respectable sins,”

Why I’m Looking Forward to Hearing Paul Tripp This Weekend

This Friday night (7:00-8:30) and Saturday morning (9:00-12:00), Paul Tripp will be speaking at The Crossing on “War of Words” (a truly life-changing kind of book that has had a pretty big impact on my own faith and life). Along with Tim Keller and John Piper, Paul Tripp is one of those pastor/author/speakers that has

He Says It Better Than I Can

“From the perspective of a Christian, the refusal of an atheist to be a Christian is dismaying, but it is at least intelligible. But what is really disconcerting is the failure of atheists to be atheists. That is the thing that cries out for further exploration.” So begins Douglas Wilson’s short defense of Christian belief

“I’ll Be Bummed for Christmas…You Can Plan on Me.”

Some quick thoughts on the practical application of Matthew 25:34-40 as we all careen headlong into the craziness of the American holiday season. Thanksgiving, followed by the relentless insanity of the month-long run-up to Christmas, can be one of the most emotionally difficult and draining times of the year if, like millions of us, your

Being Generous Givers

The bible speaks often of being generous givers. For instance: Psalm 37:21 – “The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives…” Psalm 112:5 – “It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.” Proverbs 19:17 – “Whoever is generous to

What Makes Us Happy?

Imagine if you could observe 250 individuals over the course of 70 years with insight into everything from what makes them mad to what shoe size they wear? The amount of information collected would be overwhelming. Just ask George Vaillant, he should know. Dr. Vaillant is concluding the longest running longitudinal study of human behavior