Contentment, Limitations, and Gratitude for the Season

Contentment, Limitations, and Gratitude for the Season

I have spent the last week vacationing in the Smoky Mountains with my family and some close friends. As I write this, I’m sitting in our shared cabin overlooking a beautiful property with a creek and a spring-fed pond. The property has no cell phone service, is surrounded by lush, green trees, and is a [...]

The 3 Essential Ingredients of Discipleship

The 3 Essential Ingredients of Discipleship

One of my all-time favorite jobs was working at Trader Joe’s. While there, I learned the importance of reading labels, particularly, the list of ingredients on the side of food packaging. It was helpful to know key ingredients so I could assist customers with various dietary needs. The first thing I recall learning about ingredient [...]

On Sharing the Gospel

On Sharing the Gospel

Sharing the gospel can feel scary, especially if you are not in the habit of doing it. Our current cultural moment doesn’t help the matter. Because people are self-oriented and opposed to anything remotely religious, sharing a message that involves denying self is downright daunting. Hopefully you understand the importance of sharing the gospel, however. [...]

5 Lies About Christian Community That Sound True and Why They Are Not

5 Lies About Christian Community That Sound True and Why They Are Not

There is a vast difference between community in general and biblical community in particular. For instance, Christians are called to lay their lives down for the good of others (John 15:13; 1 John 3:16), whereas much of secular community is about being made much of by others. Also, biblical community holds one another accountable, especially [...]