Lament: Connecting Pain to the Lord Who Redeems

by Paul Joiner “Lament enters the complicated space of deep disappointment and lingering hurt. It boldly reaffirms the trustworthiness of God. But, first we need to learn how to lament.” (Mark Vroegop, The 4 Basics of Lament) “In this world, you will have trouble.” (John 16:33) There is something in the culture we live inContinue reading “Lament: Connecting Pain to the Lord Who Redeems”

Into the Deeps of Our Hearts

by Paul Joiner “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1) If we are going to experience the transforming power of the gospel, it has to go to the deepest parts of our being. It was onceContinue reading “Into the Deeps of Our Hearts”

One Reason Why We Aren’t Doing Well

I’ve been on a mission to install this baseline in all of our lives: None of us are doing well and nobody realizes it. We all hate the masks. Nobody likes them. They are uncomfortable. They remind us that things aren’t normal. They hinder us from seeing each other’s expressions. Every interaction and every decisionContinue reading “One Reason Why We Aren’t Doing Well”