Inspire Me

  In his book, Who is This Man?, John Ortberg says, “Everyone is wearing an unseen sign that reads: Inspire me. Remind me that my life matters; call me to be my best self; appeal to whatever in me is most noble and honorable. Don’t let me go down the path of least resistance. Challenge […]

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A Necessary Word About Sin

The Prodigal Prophet is a collection of sermons and reflections by Tim Keller on the prophet Jonah. If you have never read anything by Keller, I recommend you check out any of these other books: The Prodigal God, about the lost son and elder son parable. Counterfeit Gods, about the idols of our time (like […]

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Life is Constant Adjustment

Life is in motion. Life is swirling, changing, evolving, dancing, flowing–and that’s what you need to do as well. God is on the move. The Spirit, like the wind, courses through this world, uncontrolled, unforced, unencumbered. You need to do so as well. Following Jesus is a journey, a process, and, hopefully, a progress. “Come […]

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Shaped by God’s Good Words

We live in a time when we are ambivalent about or even opposed to sustained reflection, deep discernment, and lingering engagement about things that matter the most. We live in a time when distractions are constant, endless, intrusive, and powerful. (Like what we experienced during Black Friday – distractions, hectic pace, fast pursuits of the […]

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Jesus is More Than a Cause

Causes are as easy to pick up as they are to put down. Or, more accurately, we don’t put causes down so much as we forget them. Putting them down would require some intentional meditation on the validity of the cause. Instead, we simply move on to something else.  Alan Noble, Disruptive Witness Jesus is […]

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Angry With God? My Fourth Concern

The Emotional Life My fourth concern is our struggle with emotions in general. Anger suffers from our more general lack of a way to deal with emotions. Emotions. Can you trust them? Many Christians don’t think you can. This is the result of some unhelpful teaching on emotions that became pretty common in some circles. […]

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Angry With God? My Third Concern

To get at this concern, let’s have a  hypothetical conversation. Scenario One: You say, “I’m angry with God.” I say, “Hmm. What are you doing about your anger with God?” Your answer:  Silence. I rest my case. Angry at God and doing nothing about it. That is hazardous to your heart and souring to your […]

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