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The Folly of Spiritual Deal-Making, Using Sobriety as a ‘Bargaining Chip’

Today marks an anniversary of sorts for me; as of July 23, 2018, I have officially been sober from illegal drugs and alcohol for 21 years. As I enter into Year 22 of this particularly-grueling adventure with Jesus, it seemed like a good idea to pause and recount His faithfulness to me – even as

What Does Wrestling with God Actually Mean??

I hope I’m not the only one who’s asked this question. I hear people throw around “wrestle with God” in about every imaginable context: doubt, unbelief, sin, suffering, pain. We say, “I’m wrestling with…” “You need to wrestle with God on…” “I’m just wrestling with God through…”And when I hear it (perhaps because ambiguity discomforts

The Power of Life As ‘An Open Book’

Earlier today, I was able to comfort a close friend by sharing with her something really stupid, sinful and awful I had done in the fall of 2002; her comfort was not derived from obtaining yet another piece of evidence confirming a widely-held hypothesis that I am a complete idiot, but rather from my sharing

Some Thoughts for Politely Declining One-Third of a Barbecued Gopher

Since June of last year, I have been progressivly convicted by the sinful patterns of eating that are more-or-less “the air we breathe” in modern American culture. The ride has been rather bumpy. While we should all be deeply grateful that our country no longer suffers from the sort of widespread starvation that characterized the

‘Do you want to be healed?’

John 5:1-9a (ESV) After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids – blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who

“I don’t live there anymore.”

According to some sources, it was British Labour Party politician Andrew Francis Bennett who coined the popular – and thoroughly biblical – assertion that, “The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.” It’s helpful to me, whenever I encounter a truly vivid and memorable word picture

Cultivating a Healthy Suspicion of Self

This past week has been a “spiritually invigorating” roller coaster ride for me. Not one, but two very prominent evangelical Christians were fired from their positions of leadership for willful and/or prolonged sinful conduct. In both cases, the sins of these men had been fairly and thoroughly investigated and gracious opportunities to repent had been

‘Wasn’t there any other way?’

This past weekend, just like millions of other Christians around the globe, my family observed Good Friday and celebrated Easter Sunday. In addition to attending services on both days, we managed to pack in the seemingly-ubiquitous consumption of way too much candy, feasting on some amazing food, taking a nap or two on the couch

A Truth from Toddler Tantrums

James looked me squarely in the face, furrowed his brow, and picked up a piece of spaghetti. “James, please keep that spaghetti on your tray or in your hand.” Still looking at me, he threw it onto the floor because he was frustrated I wasn’t giving him his orange yet.

Later that day, I wouldn’t let him play with the glass teapot sitting on the counter (I know, worst mom ever right here), so he grabbed my face as hard as he could. Again, frustration ruled his emotions.

As my son turns into a toddler (I can’t believe I just wrote those words!), I’m seeing the way that sin is ingrained in his nature. Sure, some might say that it’s just the way a toddler acts, and while that is true, I think it gives us a picture of a deeper truth we’re shown throughout Scripture. Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about as we enter this new stage of parenting: 

A Few Quick-ish Thoughts on Sexual Sin*

Hey, my friend, it seems as though you and I have been “running around and around the banana tree” on this particular issue to not much avail, typically generating more heat than light, so I thought it might be good – more for me, perhaps, than you – to put a few thoughts down in