Encouragement for the Hour

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing… And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14 Courage might be the greatest need of the hour. More than sympathy and compassion, we need courage.Continue reading “Encouragement for the Hour”

How To Properly Handle Your Opinions

“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” (Romans 14:1, ESV) Our time is a heated point in history. There are strong opinions about many things. This isn’t the first time this has happened in history. And it won’t be the last time. But the peopleContinue reading “How To Properly Handle Your Opinions”

Entering Into the Race Fray: Seeing

A lot of us are wondering how to process the racial tension that is boiling around us. The Scriptures are always are guide through complex issues, there is nothing new under the sun. Where should we start? Let’s start with just seeing. It strikes me how often the gospel writers note that Jesus “saw” someoneContinue reading “Entering Into the Race Fray: Seeing”

Some Thoughts After Restarting Worship

Yesterday was sweet and bitter. It was a tremendous blessing to have people back in the room again. I wanted to share some thoughts I had after yesterday. Congregational singing is faith giving. One of our core principles is that the one voice of the congregation is the focus of our music. It’s our wayContinue reading “Some Thoughts After Restarting Worship”

Our Liturgy Shapes Our Desires

We are not primarily thinking beings, we are primarily desiring people. In a previous post, we said that we become what we worship either for ruin or restoration (Psalm 135:15-18). If we become what we worship, then how do our hearts get reshaped to worship the Lord Jesus? How do we reshape our desires? InContinue reading “Our Liturgy Shapes Our Desires”

We Become What We Worship

We all worship. In our previous post, we said that we are most fully human when we are engaged in worship. Worship is “to give something its worth” — or to put our trust, hopes, and security onto something because it is worthy of those things. Worship is like breathing. We do it without thinkingContinue reading “We Become What We Worship”

Christians and Conspiracy Theories

“The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.” (Proverbs 18:8, ESV) I have been thinking about why Christians are so drawn to conspiracy theories. I find myself running into brothers and sisters in Christ who 1) are committed to Jesus, 2) love and knowContinue reading “Christians and Conspiracy Theories”

Outrage Is Not a Virtue

Outrage is not a virtue, but it is too often in my own heart. Outrage that others don’t agree with my positions, outrage that others don’t value what I value, and outrage that people aren’t doing what I think they should do. You may not always see it, but it is often there under theContinue reading “Outrage Is Not a Virtue”